I have recently seen lots of recipes for chocolate kale chips, and I admit I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not chocolate and kale would be good together. Something sweet on a green? It sounded a bit wierd to me, but I am not one to completely pre judge before I try things so I decided that I needed to taste for myself chocolate kale chips. It partly had something to do with my Mother asking me to make them for her, as she had seen them on a cooking show. So I gave it a go.
I based the recipe off of my cheezy kale chips, leaving out the savories and adding chocolate, not too difficult. Also, I decided to make mexican chocolate kale chips, adding a bit of chipotle and cinnamon to the chocolate mixture. Let me tell you, this chocolate mixture tasted like raw chocolate cheesecake batter before I spread it on the chips...so I knew if it tasted as good once they came out of the dehydrator these would be delicious! Luckilly, they did! I woke up the next day to the sweet aroma of chocolate and I couldn't wait to taste them. I admit they are not the prettiest things, but they were damn tasty! Intense chocolate with a bit of spice and crunch! If you closed your eyes, you would not know you were eating kale. I can not imagine a better way to get your dessert as well as your greens in one, especially if you are a fan of crunchy things like I am.
Mexican Chocolate Kale Chips
Makes about 8 cups
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 2-4 hours, drained
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp raw agave nectar or raw honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1 large bunch kale, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
In a food processor, combine the sunflower seeds, cacao powder, sea salt, agave nectar, cinnamon, and chipotle powder and process until smooth. Add filtered water, a few Tbsp at a time until a smooth mixture a little thinner than nut butter consistency is formed. Place the kale in a large bowl, and pour the chocolate mixture over it. Use hands to massage mixture into the kale, coating all the pieces entirely. Place the kale on 2 teflex lined dehydrator sheets, and dehydrate for about 8-12 hours (overnight) until dry. Enjoy!