Zero Waste/Low Waste Popcorn (vegan, gluten free)


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Learn to make zero waste or low waste popcorn for a healthy snack that’s easy and totally delicious. All you need is popcorn and a reusable bag!

low waste popcorn in a silicone bag

I’m all about healthy snacking and reducing waste in my kitchen. Today’s recipe for zero or low-waste popcorn checks both of those boxes. If you’ve already tried my healthy popped sorghum recipe, this is similar, but with the more classic kernel: corn!

It’s surprisingly easy to pop your own corn without added preservatives, flavoring or other not-so-healthy ingredients. In fact, you don’t even need one of those foldable popcorn bags (that always come in a sleeve of plastic for some reason). Once you try this easy microwave method, you can cross popcorn bags off your grocery list forever. You’ll save some waste, energy and trees in the meantime. Plus, you can flavor your homemade popcorn however you like it.

How to Make Zero Waste Popcorn

All you need to make this vegan and gluten-free snack is a few tablespoons of raw popcorn kernels and a selable silicone sandwich bag. If you don’t have a silicone bag, a brown paper bag will also work.

Oh, and a microwave!

Simply put the kernels in your bag, pop it into the microwave and cook for two to three minutes. While the microwave is running, listen for popping. Stop as soon as you hear it start to slow down to prevent burning.

Zero Waste Low Waste Popcorn

Can I Make Popcorn Oil-Free?

Yes, it’s up to you whether or not you want to add a bit of oil to the popcorn. You can leave the oil out and enjoy a totally oil-free snack. Or add a bit of neutral oil like avocado for extra crispiness and flavor.

Is it Safe to Microwave Silicone?

Yes, silicone bags are microwave-safe. It’s always best to check the manufacturer’s recommendations, of course. I use these sandwich-size bags from Stasher. They stand up on their own, which makes microwaving easy.

sealable silicone bag with popped corn inside

Flavoring Ideas for Homemade Popcorn

Once your corn is popped, have fun adding your own flavors. I personally love:

  • Nutritional yeast for cheesiness but keeping it vegan
  • Garlic salt
  • Truffle salt or oil
  • Butter flavored coconut oil
  • Hot pepper flakes or hot sauce
  • Date caramel
  • Chocolate sauce

The possibilities are endless, and you can go sweet, savory, spicy or umami.

If you make this zero or low waste popcorn at home, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Zero Waste/Low Waste Popcorn (vegan, gluten free)

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 1 -2 servings
Cook: 5 minutes
Try this zero waste or low waste method of making popcorn at home! It's an easy, money saving kitchen hack to add to your repertoire using a microwave and plastic free bag. It's comparable to air popping, as no oil or stovetop is required and you can customize seasonings to your liking.


  • 3-4 tablespoons popcorn kernels
  • reusable silicone sandwich bag or brown paper bag
  • neutral oil optional
  • seasoning recommendations optional
  • salt to taste
  • nutritional yeast
  • garlic salt
  • truffle salt
  • vegan butter flavoured coconut oil
  • any other spices of choice


  • Add corn kernels to a reusable silicone bag or paper sandwich bag with the top folded down a few times until secure. If desired, add a touch of neutral oil and shake to coat.
  • Microwave for 2-3 minutes, time will vary by microwave. Listen for popping and once the popping starts to slow, stop the microwave. I found best results working at 75% microwave power.
  • Add seasoning to the bag and shake to coat. Enjoy!



Stop buying popcorn & make it lowwaste! Your wallet will thank you 😉 #zerowaste #veganrecipes #vegan #kitchenhacks #cookingtiktok #sustainability

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Hi there, I’m Remy! Welcome to Veggiekins Blog, home to nourishing vegan + gluten-free recipes and tips to live your best balanced and holistic life. I’m a human on a mission to empower you to be well and be kind to your mind, body and soul with the healing power of plants.

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