As a Barlean’s Ambassador I’m partnering with them and Lékué to bring you new recipes for a vegan brown sugar ice cream and vegan no bake caramel popcorn. Together they make this delicious Brown Sugar Ice Cream Sundae with No Bake Caramel Popcorn.
For the #popwithbarleans challenge, I was asked to create a unique popcorn recipe using Barlean’s Butter flavored coconut oil and a Lékué silicone popcorn maker. I couldn’t think of anything more unique than a caramel popcorn dessert I had while in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
One night while in Gulf Shores, I went to dinner at Fisher’s Upstairs Restaurant at Orange Beach Marina and tried a dessert they called the Steen’s Cane Syrup Caramel Popcorn Dome. It was brown butter ice cream sitting atop a caramel wafer, topped with popcorn and drizzled with cane syrup (more caramel). Here is a picture of it.
Up until that night, I had never thought to mix popcorn with ice cream. But one of the ladies having dinner with us, lived in Gulf Shores and swore by this dessert. She ordered it and was kind enough to let all of curious folks take a bite, or two, or THREE. In all honestly, we ended up ordering another one of these desserts. That was some serious GOODNESS!!
Fast forward a bit and I’m now home and craving that dessert. I decided to try to recreate that ice cream dessert as a sundae with just the ice cream and caramel popcorn. First, I created this really easy recipe for a vegan brown sugar ice cream with coconut milk and then I came up with this vegan no bake caramel popcorn recipe. I think it tastes pretty close to the original. Even if you’ve never tried that original, this version is REALLY GOOD and is it’s dairy free. So WIN, WIN!!
In the past, I’ve used Barlean’s Butter flavored coconut oil in place of butter for baking and melted over popcorn with a little sea salt. But when making a caramel, it acts a little differently, so I modified my grandmother’s caramel recipe a bit. This version isn’t a true caramel because you aren’t boiling the sugar to a certain stage or baking anything. You are simply melting all the ingredients together, then adding baking soda to make a creamy coating to drizzle over the popcorn. The taste is the same and there is a WHOLE LOT LESS WORK with my version.
If you chill the coated popcorn for a few minutes, the caramel popcorn will harden like the true version. But honestly, it will disappear either way.
For the popcorn, I’m using this Lekue Silicone Popcorn Maker. It’s a 100% BPA free silicone bowl and lid system that make perfect popcorn in the microwave. (Below is our affiliate link to Amazon. We earn a small commission if you purchase through this link.)
The bowl is collapsible making it really easy to take with us when we travel or store in the cabinet at home. Best of all, it’s oven safe up to 428 degrees F and dishwasher safe too.
Print off this recipe for Vegan NO Bake Caramel Popcorn today! But before I give you the recipe, I should mention that if you don’t have coconut sugar, you can substitute for organic cane sugar without making any other changes. The taste will be a little different and the color a LOT lighter. Add your caramel corn to a scoop of brown sugar ice cream and enjoy this one of a kind sundae!!!!
- 6 cups of Popped Popcorn
- Brown Sugar & Coconut Milk Ice Cream
- 1/3 cup Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup
- 1/3 cup Organic Coconut Sugar
- 1 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- Combine coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar in a microwave safe bowl.
- Cook on high for 1 minute.
- Remove from microwave and whisk in baking soda until creamy and all of the coconut oil is incorporated.
- Drizzle over popped popcorn and toss to coat evenly.
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