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Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips (cashew based)

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I made these with my husband in mind.  Not only does he love the flavor he loves the texture.  It is “full-bodied”, hearty, not frail or fragile and more like a cookie than a chip.   I know many of you who are new to kale chips may be scratching your head at the mere thought of kale and chocolate.  I will admit, I was too!  But it works!   They smell heavenly with the aroma of rich chocolate.  What a sneaky way to get greens in someone!  Seriously, you must give these a try.  And if you do, please share with us what you think.

Did you know that kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system?  Who knew you could eat chocolate and detox at the same time?  Score!! (haha).

Look for kale with firm, deeply colored leaves and moist hardy stems. Kale should be stored in a cool environment since warm temperatures will cause it to wilt and will negatively affect its flavor. The leaves should look fresh, be un-wilted, and be free from signs of browning, yellowing, and small holes. Choose kale with smaller-sized leaves since these will be more tender and have a milder flavor than larger leaves.  Kale is available throughout the year, although it is at its peak, from the middle of winter through the beginning of sprin

To store, place kale in a plastic storage bag removing as much of the air from the bag as possible. Store in the refrigerator where it will keep for 5 days. The longer it is stored, the more bitter its flavor becomes.  Do not wash kale before storing because exposure to water encourages spoilage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale -  washed, stems removed
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours (1 1/2 cup once soaked)
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (powdered in spice grinder)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Wash and de-stem your kale.  Make sure you get as much excess water off of the kale as possible.  If you don’t it will make your sauce “soupy”.  Set aside.
  2. Using either your blender or bullet, grind your sucanat sugar to a fine powder.
  3. In the blender combine all the ingredients except for the cacao butter, this will be added at the very end.  Blend until nice and smooth.
  4. While the blender is still moving, slowly drizzle in the cacao butter and combine well.
  5. In a large bowl pour your sauce over the kale and evenly coat.  Use your hands for this job.  It is easier and more fun!
  6. Place the kale on the non-stick Teflex sheets that come with your dehydrator.  Spread the pieces out.
  7. Dehydrate on 105 degrees for approx. 6-8 hrs or until dry.  I tend to pull mine out before it gets 100% dry because I like it a little chewy.
  8. Store in an airtight glass container and be prepared to nibble non-stop till the last crumb is gone!

I sprinkled some extra shredded coconut on top before sliding it into the dehydrator.

  I must have taken 50 pictures of these crazy things and no matter what angle, no matter what lighting or what bowl I used… they just looked… well, let’s just say they taste way better than they look!   haha

 

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8 thoughts on “Chocolate-Coconut-Kale-Chips-(cashew-based)

  1. Nancy Desbiens says:

    Is it a cup (•1/4 cacao butter, melted)? Thank you.

  2. Stacey says:

    Amie Sue,

    I’m not sure if all Cacao Butter is sold in chunks like mine is, but without shredding it first, it’s a bit difficult to measure before it’s melted. How much would I need if I did the measurement after dehydration?

    Thanks!

    stacey :O)

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Stacey,

      Good question… I didn’t write that info down so I would have to try it to see. Eeep, sorry about that. Most cacao butter comes in blocks or chunks. So you could shred some down and see if you need to add more as it starts to melt. I will work on fixing this. amie sue

  3. Lyn :] says:

    Good Evening Amie Sue,
    Opps , I thought I had left a comment on these but …opps..I did not…sooooo- Yummy!!! Yes, Yummy and I had to make them with sunflower seeds for Gene. I bet they are even yummier :] made with cashews. I am so happy and grateful to have found your web site!! I was reflecting on this yesterday and today!!! I wish I was better at finding the words to express my appreciation for you and this web site. So to sum it up I am GRATEFUL….. :] Lyn

    • amie-sue says:

      You take good care of that man Lyn…. he is quite blessed to have you… but then I know you are blessed to have him… what a pair. :) I too am glad that you found my site. It has been so wonderful in getting to know you. :) Have a blessed nights sleep. amie sue

  4. Mela says:

    Hi Amie-sue,
    So I had a bunch of organic kale in the fridge and was craving chocolate like crazy and I thought, “I need to check out and see what Nouveau Raw would do about this. Not surprisingly, I found this beauty of a recipe! It is DELICIOUS!! I ended up modifying a little because of what I had on hand, (coconut sugar instead of sucanat, as well as coconut butter instead of cacao butter) but I will make this again and again. I’m excited to make the recipe with the ingredients that it calls for. Mine turned out good, but your recipe is probably outstanding.
    Thank you so much for this and other delightful recipes. They help me to stay on track to better health and happiness.

    • amie-sue says:

      Your so welcome Mela… glad I had just the right recipe to fill that craving. :) Thank you so much for sharing, it means a lot. Have a blessed day and enjoy those chips! amie sue

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