You’ve heard the saying “having your cake and eating it, too”?  Well, there’s something about being able to eat chocolate and at the same time getting your nutrients that resonates with that popular refrain.

Kale is loaded with both macro- and micronutrients and health-enhancing antioxidants.  On the ANDI Scale, a measure of a particular food’s nutrient density, it boasts the highest score of all -a whopping 1,000!

The following nutrients are considered in evaluating each item: Calcium, Carotenoids: Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Folate, Glucosinolates, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, plus ORAC score X 2 (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring the antioxidant or radical scavenging capacity of foods).   Any wonder why kale tops the list?

The chocolate we’ve been brought up with is a mere shadow of “the real thing” — cacao beans are also Superfoods, it’s shining star ingredient being magnesium, which builds healthy muscles, including the tissues around the heart; magnesium also supports bone formation, muscle relaxation and brain function.  Cacao is also high in tryptophan, the amino acid that assists in the production of seratonin, a natural calming agent produced by our glands.

And these kale chips just keep getting better and better…They also contain sesame seeds (tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds – you can find it easily roasted or toasted, but for best results visit your local health food store or an online superfoods store to buy a raw version.)  Loaded with calcium, sesame seeds, tahini and sesame oil are prized in ayurvedic medicine as a soothing food.

Best of all, when you combine such a high nutrient green like kale with the sweetened cacao, it helps mitigate the insulin effect!  Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

Chocolate-Covered Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and rinsed*
  • 4 Tb. agave nectar (you can substitute with maple syrup or coconut nectar)
  • 2 Tb. coconut oil
  • 2 Tb. tahini
  • pinch of celtic sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure cacao powder
  • 2 – 3 Tb. raw hulled white sesame seeds

Directions: Dry kale and tear into mid-sized pieces, making sure to discard any rib pieces as they become tough in dehydrating. (*Curly kale is recommended for kale chips as it holds the coating better and becomes crisper.) Set kale aside.

In a glass or stainless steel bowl combine the agave, coconut oil, tahini. salt, vanilla and cacao, using a wire whisk.
Line dehydrator screens with parchment paper. Rub cacao mixture into kale and place on parchment. Sprinkle sesame seeds. You will likely need 2 trays/screens. Dry 1.5 hours at 145 degrees, then lower to 115 and dry 4-5 hours. Remove the kale from the parchment and turn onto screens. Continue drying until brittle – note that with the coconut oil and tahini they may not get completely dry but they still taste great.

I haven’t tried these in a conventional oven, but if you don’t have a dehydrator, place the coated kale chips on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at a low temperature until dry and crisp.  Please do post a comment and let us know your results!

These are excellent stored in the freezer, which will actually make them drier and more brittle!

Enjoy!!!!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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