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White bowl of Cheesy Vegan Popcorn on light pink plaster background, surrounded by scattered pieces of popcorn, a linen napkin and a glass jar of nutritional yeast.
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Cheesy Vegan Popcorn

This delicious Cheesy Vegan Popcorn is the perfect movie night snack. Made with nutritional yeast and smoked paprika, it's quick to make and quicker to eat!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, comfort food, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Author: Elizabeth Emery


  • Large saucepan with lid


  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil or vegan butter
  • cup popping corn kernels


  • In a small bowl, mix together the nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric and sea salt. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan with a lid, heat the coconut oil on a medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  • Add three of the popping corn kernels to the pan, put the lid back on and shake it (using oven gloves - it gets hot!).
  • When you can hear that the kernels have popped, remove the lid and scoop them out with a spoon.
  • Add the rest of the corn kernels to the pan, replace the lid and shake vigorously.
  • Wait for them to pop, shaking the pan every 5-8 seconds to stop any popcorn burning.
  • When there is a break of about 6 seconds between the popping, remove the pan from the heat. (Accept that you won't have popped all the corn - it's just the way it goes!)
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the popcorn while still in the pan, then place the pan lid back on and shake vigorously to combine popcorn and seasoning.
  • Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!


Dairy free - This Cheesy Vegan Popcorn is exactly that - vegan. Therefore please don't expect it to taste just the same as dairy cheese. Whilst it does have a really delicious savoury taste, it's not exactly the same as eating cheddar!
Nutritional yeast - The cheesy flavour comes from the nutritional yeast used in this recipe. If you're vegan you probably know this ingredient well as it's a staple in many dishes! It has a savoury, cheesy flavour and is often used to flavour vegan snacks. You can find it in most health food stores, and many supermarkets now sell it too.