How To Make Healthy No-Corn Popcorn

I love the taste of popcorn – and I’m thinking you probably do, too. I stopped eating corn products about a year ago due to health concerns, and when I got an accidental whiff of some buttery popcorn a week ago, I was immediately taken back to nights spent at the movies with a gigantic tub of that delicious salty snack in my lap.

Soon after, it dawned on me that I could make my own healthy version of popcorn that didn’t actually include corn at all. The key ingredient: rice cakes. The rice cakes I eat contain nothing but organic brown rice. No preservatives, no chemicals, nothin’ but pure nutrients.


Brown rice happens to be one of the healthiest grains out there – maybe even one of the healthiest foods. It’s filled with vitamins and minerals, and has tons of fiber. It’s believed to lower cholesterol, increase heart health, help the nervous system, and stabilize blood sugar, just to name a few of its myriad of benefits.

Here’s how to make this delicious no-corn popcorn.



4 brown rice cakes

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Using your hands, break up the rice cakes into small pieces. Lightly brown your pieces in a frying pan over medium heat for a minute or two, stirring occasionally. Drizzle olive oil on top and mix to coat evenly. Add your Himalayan salt and mix once more.


Remove from heat, pour into a bowl, and enjoy!

You can get creative and make your own no-corn popcorn recipes… here’s some inspiration:

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn Balls

Coconut, Honey, & Pink Salt Popcorn

Curry Butter Popcorn


+ What will you add to yours?

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8 years ago

Love this recipe – so creative!

Warm Regards,

8 years ago

WHOA. This is a genius idea! I would so try some with dark chocolate, cinnamon and coconut oil!

8 years ago

I love using other kinds of popped grains as well, such as sorghum, buckwheat, and amaranth. They look pretty awesome all together and they can taste pretty amazing as well! X

8 years ago

I think this is a good alternative way to have popcorn in a healthy way! I love rice cakes but people here always make it sweet. Nice recipes <3

8 years ago

No corn pop corn ha ha i like it . I think u should rename the post no corn pop rice cakes lol

8 years ago

Genius!! I love what you did here. I bet this would taste great with lime and cayenne :)

8 years ago

this is amazing!! i made it with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon too. thanks Brigette!

4 years ago

I love popcorn but the kernels drive me nutty! I’m so excited to try this recipe for my next movie night. :)