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Raw Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips (cashew based)

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Raw-Chocolate-Kale-Chips-(nut-free)2Have you ever tried or even thought combining greens and raw chocolate? You’ll be amazed at how well these flavors pair together in these kale chips.

These Raw Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips are a sweet addition to all my savory kale chips.

All Hail the Kale

Did you know that kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system?  Does that mean that I can eat chocolate and detox at the same time?

Selecting the Best

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 spring.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soak 2+ hours
  • 1/2 cup raw coconut crystals, ground to a powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 head (8 oz ) curly kale

Preparation:

Kale Prep:

  1. Selecting Kale:
    • Don’t use wilted / old kale, it can have a bitter undertone.
    • I prefer Curly Kale because all of the folds really hold onto the sauce.
  2. Wash and de-stem your kale.
    • Start by washing the kale and blotting it dry.  You can also use a salad spinner if you own one.
    • 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.
    • Starting at the bottom strip away the leaf leaving behind only the stem.
    • Tear the remaining leaves into pieces that are a tad larger than bite-size since they tend to shrink.

Sauce Prep:

  1. After soaking the cashews, drain and discard the water.
  2. In a high-powered blender combine the; cashews, coconut crystals, water, coconut, cacao powder and butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Blend until the sauce is creamy smooth.
    • Due to the volume and the creamy texture that we are going after, it is important to use a high-powered blender.  It could be too taxing on a lower-end model.
    • Create a vortex in the blender, this will help ensure that the sauce is getting fully blended into a creamy texture.
    • What is a vortex?  Look into the container from the top and slowly increase the speed from low to high,  the batter will form a small vortex (or hole) in the center.  High-powered machines have containers that are designed to create a controlled vortex, systematically folding ingredients back to the blades for smoother blends and faster processing… instead of just spinning ingredients around, hoping they find their way to the blades.
    • If your machine isn’t powerful enough or built to do this, you may need to stop the unit often to scrape down the sides.
    • This process can take 1-3 minutes, depending on the strength of the blender.  Keep your hand cupped around the base of the blender carafe to feel for warmth.  If the batter is getting too warm., stop the machine and let it cool, then proceed once cooled.
  3. Add the shredded coconut and pulse 2x, just to get it mixed in but not broken down.

Assembly:

  1. Place the torn kale into a very large bowl.
  2. Pour tin the sauce and with your hands gently and evenly coat each piece of kale.
    • This is a “hands-on” job.  Stirring with a spoon just doesn’t do the trick.
    • I would suggest removing any jewelry from your fingers.  I have temporary lost a ring here and there.

Dehydrator Method:

  1. Have the dehydrator trays ready by lining them with non-stick teflex or parchment paper.
    • Don’t use wax paper because food tends to stick to it.
    • Spread all the trays out in advance because soon your hands will be covered in sauce and you don’t want to get it all over.
    • I used three trays for this batch.
  2. Place the kale on the non-stick sheets.  You can do this 1 of 2 ways:
    • Lay each piece out semi-flat if you want to create individual pieces.  More time-consuming and chips tend to a be a little bit more fragile.
    • Or, drop clumps of coated kale on the sheets.  This will create hardy clusters that are loaded with sauce and flavor.  This is my preference.
  3. Dehydrate at 115 degrees (F) for about 6-8 hrs or until dry.
    • I tend to pull mine out before it gets 100% dry because I like it a little chewy.
    • The dry time is just an estimate.  The climate, humidity, dehydrator and how full the machine is can all affect how long it will take to dry.
  4. Store in an airtight glass container and be ready to nibble non-stop till the last crumb is gone!
  5. If the kale chips start taking on some humidity from the house, you can place them back into the dehydrator for a few hours at 115 degrees (F).

Oven Method:

  1. Please use as a guide and closely monitor the kale chips as they cook.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (F), anything higher and risk burning the chips.
  3. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the kale chips on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan and bake for another 15 minutes.
    • The bake times will vary based on your oven, but it’s a good starting off point!
  5. Once you pull the tray from the oven, allow the chips to cool on the baking sheet.
  6. Store in an airtight glass container and be ready to nibble non-stop till the last crumb is gone!

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7 thoughts on “Raw Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips (cashew based)

  1. Bob says:

    I really do love these chips. Double yummy and not to sweet.

  2. Lori says:

    Very interesting!!! Another one on my to make list. Thank You!!

    • amie-sue says:

      IF you like chocolate, these won’t disappoint you! :) Let me know if you make them, would love to hear your take on them.

  3. Kim says:

    These are delicious! I just pulled them out of the dehydrator and had to tear myself away from the container of chips! Yum!! A couple of minor changes I made ( I can never leave a recipe alone. :) I actually made these closer to the recipe than I usually do.) – I added a bit more cinnamon and vanilla and I used coconut sugar instead of sucanat. And I didn’t sprinkle coconut on top. I will definitely make these again. It feels good to have a raw sweet that is a bit lighter and includes greens, too!

    Here’s a picture of them. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2625916684161&set=a.1335433262882.2050022.1142588099&type=3&theater

    • amie-sue says:

      That is awesome Kim…they look great. I haven’t met a kale chip that I haven’t like yet! Thank you so much for sharing. :) amie sue

  4. Wow I love the sound and look of these! I think I’ll give them a try sometime sooon!

  5. amie-sue says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    You just might need to order those items on line if you can’t find them locally. Most likely the coco powder isn’t raw, so that is up to you. Coconut oil won’t substitute well in this particular recipe because raw cacao butter stays more firm than oil. If you look through my store which is located on the left side of the menu, you will see the raw cacao products that I use and you can order them through there if you wish. Never hesitate to ask questions… that is why I built this site.. share recipes and to help! Be blessed and have fun in the kitchen! amie sue

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