Fava Bean “Popcorn”


About this Recipe

Don’t be startled by the amount of carbs in this alternative to regular popcorn. Here’s why:

The carbohydrates found in all legumes, fava beans included, are complex carbs. This means that this recipe is quite high in fiber: a much needed nutrient after bariatric surgery!

Besides fiber, fava beans are packed with other nutrients as well. Yep, they contain essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Ready to see how to make this recipe? Let’s go! 


Bariatric Friendly Popcorn with Fava Beans


2 servings

Ready In:

25 minutes

Nutritional facts per serving

245 calories

8 g protein

16 g fat

20 g carbs

6 g fiber




  • 1 cup (240 g) fava beans (canned)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika powder


For the dipping sauce

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp paprika powder

Toppings (optional)

  • Chopped oregano
  • Nutritional yeast


  • Seasoning Options: Get creative with your seasonings! Consider using a combination of herbs and spices like garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Experiment with different flavors to find your favorite combination.
  • Portion Control: As with any snack, portion control is important. While fava beans are nutritious, it’s still recommended to enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. 
  • Storage: Once prepared, store your “popcorn” in an airtight container to maintain its crispiness. It should stay fresh for several days. If needed, you can re-crisp them in the oven at a low temperature for a few minutes.

Oh…and can make this recipe in the air fryer too!


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375F (180C).

Step 2

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 3

Place the fava beans on the baking sheet, spread out evenly.


Pour the olive oil and seasonings over the beans and stir until well combined.

Step 5

Place in the oven and bake, about 20 minutes or until “popped”.

Step 6

In the meantime, mix the tahini with the paprika powder. Set aside.

Step 7

Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings. Serve with the tahini dipping sauce and enjoy!

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