Monday, April 9, 2018

Quick Delicious Healthy Popcorn by Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Do you know that you can make healthy air-popped popcorn without using any oil within a minute? With NOTHING to wash?

BRILLIANT.

Do you know that you can make low-fat chocolate sauce with cocoa powder and maple syrup?

Or that you can make no-added-sugar caramel with pitted dates, peanut butter and vanilla?

How do I know?

I have learned all of these awesome food ideas from a latest TV series of Foxtel's Lifestyle, Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids.


healthy air popped fat free popcorn
Quick Delicious Healthy Popcorn
Ideas that I have learned from Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Australia’s leading food editor and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay, is back on Foxtel with a brand new TV series, Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance Kids, available to stream on Foxtel's On Demand. Donna’s vibrant series focus on fun, simple and healthy family-friendly recipes that involve the participation from children. Each episode features a selection of recipes based on a different theme such as "Movie Night", "Surfers" and ‘Treasure Hunt’, filmed in different Australian locations. The series also feature children who cook and bake with Donna.

Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids
Donna, Sarah and Jimmy in the first "Movie Night" episode.
Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids
They were preparing and cooking a variety of delicious healthy food for their family movie night.
Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids
Donna's fun and simple recipes are well-received among kids, grow-ups and families.
Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids
How nice if we can enjoy chocolate without consuming excessive fat and sugar?
This is why Donna creates this flavoursome choc-coconut popcorn (Recipe is at here)
... without adding any fat and cane sugar.

"There is NO oil used to cook these popcorn! Wow!!! I must try this!" I said to myself after watching the "Movie Night" episode.

It's true!!! Here's my video showing how I made my popcorn. These quick guilt-free delicious popcorn is made (1) within a minute (2) with NO oil added (3) with no washing required because we are using a disposable / re-usable paper snack bag to pop the corn kernels and (4) with sensible amount of flavouring. Enjoy!

healthy air popped fat free popcorn
My family is not a big fan of shredded coconut and so I made our choc-coconut popcorn without the coconut.
And it is still yummy!!!

healthy air popped fat free popcorn
My favourite is the maple butter popcorn.
And my son likes the cinnamon one the most.
Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids
Besides the popcorn, I have also learned to make these easy and stylish nacho bowls. Donna's recipe is at here.
It's easy. Brush tortilla with oil and place the oiled-side down over a ramekin.
Bake at 180°C for 10-15 mins or until the edges are nicely browned.
Instead of filling the nacho bowl with Donna's Mexican-style bean filling,
I'm enjoying mine with quinoa sweet potato tomatoes avocado salad with honey soy dressing.
Either way, I'm loving this stylish nacho bowl idea!

"No matter how old you are. It is always a joy to share food with the people that you love" - Donna Hay

I'm a big fan of Donna Hay because of her simple yet stylish food concepts and easy recipes that use fresh and healthy ingredients to transform basic food like burgers, milk shakes, popcorn and nachos into extraordinary fun filled feasts.

For instance...

Do you want to cook healthy juicy beef burger patties with grated vegetable?

Do you want to know how to make delicious no-added-fat chocolate and raspberries thickened milkshake with real raspberries and no cane sugar?

Do you want to know how to make moist and delicious cinnamon donuts that are oven-baked, not deep-fried?

These fabulous food ideas are from 
Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance Kids.

This is how I made these healthy popcorn:

Serve 6
For the air-popped popcorn:
6 tbsp popcorn kernels
6 brown paper snack bags

To season one serve of popcorn with low- fat cocoa sauce:
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder or raw cacao, sifted
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 tsp shredded coconut - optional and I didn't add because we don't like coconut in our popcorn.

To season one serve of popcorn with maple butter:
1 tsp melted butter
1-2 tsp maple syrup

To season one serve of popcorn with cinnamon butter:
1 tsp melted butter
1-2 tsp honey or golden syrup or caster sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

To make the popcorn:
Place 1 tbsp popcorn kernels into one paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over 2-3 times, then fold in the corners to secure. Do the same for the 5 bags.

Place the popcorn bags, one at a time, in the microwave on high (800W) for 1 min each or until the popping sound has stopped.

Remove the bag from the microwave. Open and allow popcorn to cool slightly.

To season popcorn with low fat cocoa sauce:
Combine sifted cocoa powder and maple syrup until smooth. Stir in the shredded coconut if desired.

Add half of cocoa mixture into each warm popcorn bag. Fold the tops of the bags and give them a good shake to coat. Then, drizzle the rest of the cocoa mixture on the cocoa-popcorn.

To season one serve of popcorn with maple butter:
Combine melted butter and maple syrup. Pour maple butter mixture into each warm popcorn bag. Fold the tops of the bags and give them a good shake to coat.

To season one serve of popcorn with cinnamon butter:
Combine melted butter, honey or golden syrup or sugar and cinnamon place it in a small bowl. Add cinnamon mixture into each warm popcorn bag. Fold the tops of the bags and give them a good shake to coat. Or simply drizzle the mixture on the popcorn.


Serve immediately. These air-popped popcorn with no added oil won't stay fresh and crisp for long.

Happy Popping!


I would like to thank Foxtel for giving me this opportunity to share my opinion of the first two episodes of Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance Kids. I like to make a disclaimer that I have been compensated for the time spent to write this review and I have shared my most honest opinions.

2 comments:

  1. wow , I love Donna Hay, I wonder if I can watch this series on you tube. my kids love pop corn. have a nice week

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