Blueberry Almond Kale-Nola

kale-granola-yogurtWhat’s “Kale-Nola” you ask?

Only the most delicious way to eat kale ever invented! Kale-Nola is a granola like snack using kale instead of oats, and it’s the bomb-diggity.

Before you go getting all grossed out about the idea of sweetened kale, think about all the other delicious ways kale is used that you once may have considered odd: in smoothies, as chips and topped with fruit in a salad. See, it’s not that weird!

Kale-Nola tastes a lot like regular granola but with less calories. I swear you don’t even taste the kale, just crispy, crunchy, sweet and savory flavors. You eat it just like you would granola: as a topping for yogurt or ice cream, on top of smoothies or overnight oats, as cereal covered with milk, and by itself (duh).

Noshing on Kale-Nola is an easy way to pack in yours greens for the day without even realizing you’re eating a “healthy” snack.Β  It’s also great for tricking kids and obstinate boyfriends into eating their veggies too.

How do you make it, you ask? Two ways: either with a dehydrator or in your oven. As luck would have it, I have both!

dehydratorI recently acquired a brand-spanking, new dehydrator. That sounds mysterious β€” possibly dangerous β€” doesn’t it?

Okay fine, my BF’s mom gave it to me. I’m on a real kick with new appliances lately. Check out what I made with my Spiralizer >>

Anyway, for today’s What I Ate Wednesday I decided to try out my new dehydrator with this fascinating granola hybrid. I think Jenn of Peas and Crayons would especially appreciate this super healthy but sneaky way to gobble your greens.

I found this fabulous recipe on one of my favorite healthy living blogs, Eating Bird Food, and adapted it a bit. Instead of cranberries, I used dried blueberries and instead of sweetened coconut flakes I used all unsweetened coconut shreds.

And because most people do not have a dehydrator, I made it both ways for you. They both turned out awesome. Enjoy!

Blueberry Almond Kale-Nola

kale-nolaIngredients:

1 large bunch of Kale

6 Medjool Dates

1/2 C. diced Mango

6 T. unsweetened Coconut Shreds

1/2 C. unsweetened Dried Blueberries

1/2 C. sliced Almonds

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Salt

Directions:

1. Wash kale and cut into small pieces, removing stems. Or just buy a big bagged of pre-cut kale and hand pick out any stems. Dry kale thoroughly.

2. Soak dates in cold water for 1/2 an hour.

3. Combine soaked dates and mango in a food processor or blender. Puree.

4. Add in cinnamon, salt and 2 T. of the coconut.

5. Massage the mixture into the kale, covering all leaves.

kale-massage6. Stir in the blueberries, almonds and remaining coconut.

7. For the oven method, scatter kale on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and bake at 300 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

kale-oven8. For the dehydrating method, scatter the mixture over two lined trays and dehydrate at 115F for about 24 hours.

kale-dehydrator

Here’s the results of my baked kale…

kale-nola-yogurt

….and of the dehydrated kale…

kale-hydrator

…both were soooo good. Or as I like to say, Out-of-Controlla Kale-Nola.

Total Calories: 160 for 4 servings.

Weigh In: Have you ever heard of Kale Granola a.k.a Kale-Nola before? What should I do next with my dehydrator?!

Comments

  1. OOOOOO I am coming over to play with your new toy!!!!! I have wanted a dehydrater for so long, I want to dehydrate everything from eggplant to squash to BEEF!
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  2. Apple chips for back-to-school/fall! Maybe try out different types of apples (granny smith, braeburn, Fuji, pink lady, red/yellow delicious) and let us know which type is best?

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