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Chocolate Kale Treets & “Hail Merry” Macaroons

December 27, 2011

Happy holidays everyone! Hope you had a splendid Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, or whichever special day it is that you celebrate this time of year.  I had a grand time baking up an array of dairy-free desserts for various holiday activities this year, the recipes for which I plan to disperse here throughout the week.

First up is a dessert-like rendition of the savory kale chip I posted recently.  To my delight, they just happened to turn out oh so christmas-ey.

My chocolate kale christmas tree!

There are several recipes for chocolate kale chips on the net – but the one I found most inspiring comes from cupcakes and kale.  Note that this recipe requires you to ornament your kale with the coating before laying it out on the pan!

Chocolate Coating Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut

Steps:

  1. Wash and dry 1 bunch of kale (Lacinato Kale resulted in the xmas tree effect).
  2. Prepare the coating by melting the coconut oil first (easily done by placing dish with coconut oil in a larger bowl of hot water). Then stir in the vanilla and maple syrup, and whisk in the cacao powder. Make sure there are no clumps, and fold in the shredded coconut and chia seeds.
  3. Coat the kale in a large bowl, using your hands or a spatula.
  4. Spread the leaves on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 225 degrees for 40-50 minutes, flipping the leaves around the 25 minute mark. Alternatively, you could try using the convection oven (or a dehydrator if you own one!).
I love the vivid green imagery.

These ‘sweet’ chips were truly delicious.  Only caveat is that they tasted much better fresh– a little soggy the next day sadly.  I’m wondering if this holds true for chips made in the dehydrator… fortunately I will get to test this out SOON, seeing as Santa decided to grant me with my number one gift wish!! :]

I promise to report back later.  Meantime, I want to leave you with a recommendation for one of my favorite dessert products — Hail Merry Macaroons (swoon).

Hail Merry products are sold in Whole Foods, the macaroons available in both blonde and chocolate flavors. And if for some reason you’re not feeling the holiday cheer, believe me these bite-sized pieces of heaven will have you singing songs of exultation in no time.

Ingredient list: organic shredded coconut, natural almond flour, organic cold pressed coconut oil, organic maple syrup, raw Madagascar bourbon vanilla, sea salt

I also love their logo and slogan – feed your body royally.  Indeed.

Q:  How was everyone’s holiday? Did you feed yourself royally this year?!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Meesh permalink
    December 27, 2011 7:12 pm

    Thank you for commenting on my blog!
    I’ve never heard of chocolate kale chips, but those look amazing! I am definitely going to try them out soon! I also wish there was a whole foods near me so I could try those macaroons!

    • December 29, 2011 3:23 am

      You’re welcome! And thanks so much! You could always order them over the web…but yes it would be nice if WF had a location near you I’m sure! 🙂

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