I was minding my own business in the kitchen at work last week, washing my parsley for tabouli salad when I turned around to see my boyfriend Eric there, standing in the doorway with a bouquet of herbs and kale. It was not just herbs and kale, it was the best bouquet I have ever received. You see, I have always said that I would much rather have a bouquet of herbs then flowers, after all, you can use them. He is a good listener and honestly it was the sweetest thing! Totally made my day, and kale with the herbs was even more awesome because I love kale chips.
I thought I would make some kale chips that were the type that Eric would choose, since he gave it to me, so chocolate was a must (he is the biggest chocoholic I know), and some sort of heat (we both love spicy things like habaneros). So I made chocolate kale chips with chipotle and coconut for some sweetness and extra crunch. Before you go thinking this sounds like a weird combination, it is amazing...so addictive in fact. Unusual it may be, but delicious it was. Eric very much approved as well.
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
1/2-1 tsp chipotle powder (depending on how hot you like it)
1 cup finely shredded coconut, plus more for sprinkling
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, , 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. Add 1 cup coconut. Use hands to massage mixture into the kale, coating all the pieces entirely. Place the kale on 2 teflex lined dehydrator sheets, sprinkle with additional coconut, and dehydrate* for about 8-12 hours (overnight) until dry. Enjoy!
*If you do not own a dehydrator and raw is not a concern, you can bake them in a 200 degree oven for 4-6 hours on a lined baking sheet, or until dried.