cacao cinnamon popcorn loaf 2

Cinnamon Cacao Popcorn Loaf

Serves: 8

Yes, you read that correct! It says ‘popcorn loaf’! A bread made with popcorn and chocolate! Salty yet sweet at the same time…there is no better combination!! Well, at least not in my book anyway! PLUS it is has the added bonus of protein for all my gym rats out there!! 😉

Don’t be scared, just try it! You will be surprised at what you will taste! 🙂

Fit Ingredients

  • 6.5-7 cups (about 34g) lite popcorn
  • 1 scoop (28g) cinnamon protein (I used this one)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2-3/4c granular sweetener (depending on what kind of chocolate you use)
  • 1/2 c coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4c + 2tbs (92g) liquid egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2c (113g) greek yogurt
  • 3/4oz (21g) cacao nibs (or chocolate chips of choice)*
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp, optional*

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  • loaf pan
  • non stick spray

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Directions

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan very well with non stick spray (if you do not coat it good, it will stick to the pan). In a food processor (or plastic bag with rolling pin…good stress release), pulse your popcorn until desired consistency. I left some larger pieces of popcorn to give it some crunch, but feel free to pulse it as fine as you’d like!) In a bowl mix your ‘popcorn flour’, protein powders, cinnamon, sweetener and baking powder. Add your coconut milk, egg whites, vanilla and greek yogurt to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Fold in your cacao nibs (or chocolate chips). Pour the batter into your loaf pan and bake for ~28 minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool slightly before slicing. The top will seem a bit tough, but once you slice it, you will find the inside soft and the top gives it a nice texture!

I ate 2 slices in the morning with a shake before my workout! It was the perfect amount of fuel before I began lifting! 🙂

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Nutrition: (1/8)

Calories: 85.0, Protein: 10.9g, Carbs: 7.0g, Fat: 2.0g (1g Saturated), Sodium: 122mg**, Fiber:1g (Net Carbs: 6.0g)

*Cacao has a more bitter chocolate taste. If you’re looking for sweeter go with chocolate chips…remember, the darker the chocolate, the better for you! I happen to be addicted to cacao chips!

**Sodium can vary greatly depending on the amount in your popcorn and if you add it to your recipe. Use as much or as little as you’d like to create your desired ‘salty/sweet’ taste!

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7 Comments
  • Missy
    I love your recipes (especially because you provide the nutritional information) and have bookmarked so many to make "one of these days" but the popcorn bread will be at the top! I have never commented before, but I have been reading since May. I should be a better commenter since I enjoy reading these so much! I have a friend who thinks popcorn is crack like I do, so I hope you don't mind that I Instagrammed this recipe for her to come and check out. So if you have a few extra hits - that might be why! Thanks! Missy (Missle on Twitter) (oh and what granular sweetener do you use? Erythritol? I have some Stevia Baking Blend - would that work?)
    June 24, 2012
    • Hi Missy! Thank you so much for the sweet words! :) I'm glad you are enjoying the recipes here! It always makes me smile when a reader (who has been following for awhile) finally comments....you always wonder who is reading your blog out there! And more importantly if people are enjoying it! I would definitely love to hear feedback, get questions and suggestions for recipes! I also love popcorn and more and more studies are showing good it is for you! Have you seen the latest issue of Clean Eating Magazine? There is an article in there on how many antioxidants are in popcorn! Check it out! To answer your question about the sweetener, I use stevia that I buy at Trader Joe's. However, a lot of people don't like the taste of stevia, so feel free to use whatever suites your taste buds and fits into your nutrition plan! I can't wait to hear what you and your friend think of it! Btw, I tried to follow you on twitter, but it says 'forbidden' :( Have an amazing day and if you have any recipes you'd like me to revamp for you, feel free to let me know!
      June 25, 2012
      • Missy
        My Twitter is crazy - I got a request and tried to accept but it won't pull up. But that's on my phone - I will try when I get home on my desktop. Thanks on the sweetener - I love stevia so I will use that. I really am going to make a recipe soon! Oh and Deb (LASmoothiegirl) is my friend (I see she's already commented, lol)- check out her site, she created an awesome protein muffin that you microwave - it's really good!
        June 25, 2012
  • Deb
    Wow this sounds amazing. Love the idea that there's a ton of protein too!
    June 25, 2012
    • Thank you! It is quite delicious and satisfies that salty/sweet craving (that I happen to get A LOT)!!!
      June 25, 2012
  • Billie
    If I don't have any cinnamon protein, could I just use extra vanilla whey, and add in extra cinnamon?
    July 3, 2012
    • Absolutely! That cinnamon protein I used was a whey! Let me know how it turns out!
      July 4, 2012

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