Kale Cheesy Popcorn | Stephanie Dreyer

Kale Cheesy Popcorn

Kale Cheesy Popcorn


My kids love popcorn. Like really love popcorn. It’s the first thing they ask for when I pick them up from school, and usually what they want after dinner for another snack! My husband makes the BEST homemade popcorn and that is saying a lot. I was raised on my dad’s popcorn, formerly the BEST (sorry, Daddy), but Dave’s popped kernels are always a treat. We drizzle our corn with melted Earth Balance and dust it with sea salt and nutritional yeast. The BEST! It is truly a comfort food in our family, and a fairly healthy one at that.

We ditched the microwave bags a while ago after learning about how many chemicals are in them. Although easy and quick, we have replaced them with this microwave popper that yields about 4 cups of popcorn in about 4 minutes. It’s just a tad more effort then the Orville Redenbacher bags, but much healthier.

I have recently discovered Miyoko’s Kitchen’s European Style butter and highly recommend it as an alternative to Earth Balance that will blow your taste buds. I am kinda in love with it right now. Besides salt, I have been having fun with some other healthy popcorn toppings. The ones below are savory and salty, just what my family always craves. They also include some surprise superfood ingredients, kicking up the nutrition factor in this already healthy snack. Read on below and I dare you not to pop up a batch now!

Kale Cheezy Popcorn


  • 4 cups of lacinato kale , stems removed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (I used Penzey’s Spices Sandwich Sprinkle)
  • 4 cups of popcorn (see recipe below)
  • 3 tablespoons dairy-free butter (such as Earth Balance)


  1. Toss the kale with the olive oil, seasoned salt and nutritional yeast.

  2. Place the kale in the basket of an air fryer at 370 degrees for 5 minutes. Do not overcook or the kale will become bitter. Crumble the kale into a bowl. 

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