Southern Mom Loves: Gluten-Free Lunchbox: Pecan Apple Pie Popcorn Mix Recipe

Gluten-Free Lunchbox: Pecan Apple Pie Popcorn Mix Recipe

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Thank you SkinnyPop Popcorn for sponsoring this post. Feel good about adding SkinnyPop Popcorn to your kids' lunchbox this back-to-school season, a better-for-you snack made with ingredients your kids can spell and pronounce!

Back to school for many means back to packing school lunches, and if you're struggling with the same boring, gluten-free options, I have a fantastic lunchbox that is perfectly balanced and better-for-you with a fun Pecan Apple Pie Popcorn Mix recipe.

This popcorn mix is filled with apple chunks and pecans, and is perfectly seasoned and sweetened with a natural stevia powder. It only takes about 3 minutes to make because I'm using SkinnyPop Popcorn.

It's a simple, 3-ingredient product (popcorn, sunflower oil, and just the right amount of salt) with no artificial flavors or preservatives, is made from non-GMO corn, is gluten-free, and is very lightly salted, so you don't get a load of sodium in your popcorn.

A snack-sized bag has only 100 calories, so it's a great choice for lunches and snacks. You can learn more about SkinnyPop here.

Perfect for the school year, SkinnyPop offers the SkinnyPack® with six .65 oz. lunchbox-sized, 100-calorie bags in both Original and White Cheddar flavors. They're the perfect way to stock up for lunches.

The SkinnyPack is available at all major retail locations where SkinnyPop is sold. A few major retailers include: Dierbergs, Hy-Vee, Safeway, Fry’s, Jewel, Roundy’s, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, Wegman’s, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, Shaw’s and Sprouts. Price varies by market, but the suggested retail price for the SkinnyPack is $5.99. That comes to about a dollar a bag. Great deal!

And now I'll show you how to make this fun and easy popcorn mix to make for your gluten-free lunchbox!

Pecan Apple Pie Popcorn Mix

Prep time: 3 minutes
Makes: 1 serving


  • 1 - .65 oz. snack-sized bag of SkinnyPop Original popcorn (or about 1-1/2 c. from a larger bag)
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered or granulated stevia
  • 1/4 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/2 c. dried or freeze-dried apples
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans


  1. Empty the snack-sized bag of SkinnyPop popcorn into a medium-sized bowl.

  2. Mix the stevia and apple pie spice together in a small bowl.

  3. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the popcorn and toss well.

  4. Add the apples and pecans to the popcorn and mix well.

A note about the apples: I'm using freeze-dried cinnamon apples in my recipe for a little more crunch. For a chewier option, you can use dried apples, or for a much crunchier option, you can use apple chips.

When rounding out your lunch, choose some fresh veggies like carrots and celery sticks. Other great choices are raw broccoli, bell pepper sticks or rings, or kale chips. You could also include a peanut butter or homemade ranch dip.

For the serving of dairy, you could include a natural cubed cheese (processed American cheeses can include gluten), or a cottage cheese or yogurt.

There you have it! An easy, quick, gluten-free lunchbox for the kids with a wholesome popcorn mix as the star. Just beware: it is addictive! You may want to make an extra batch.

Make sure to follow SkinnyPop on social media @theskinnypop on Twitter and Instagram and share your love for SkinnyPop!


Are you a popcorn fan? Will you be making this for your child's school lunch? I love to read your comments!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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