Healthy Beginnings

Eating healthy: Spicy vegan chocolate kale chips a fun fall food option

These spicy chocolate kale chips are a great healthy snack option.

As soon as fall starts playing with clouds of chilly mist, with cold wind and rain, you feel like curling up on the couch with some comfort food as soon as darkness spreads its blanket in the early evening.

But it’s usually those comfort snacks that stick to the hips after a long winter of opening and finishing bags of potato chips and more chocolate bars than usual. Especially when you stopped cooking your food and you are devoted to living a plant-based lifestyle, the cold can be a challenge.

But here is an easy and delicious solution: Stop loading the fattening potato chip bags and chocolate bars into your shopping cart, skip a numbing soap episode on television and make these tasty chocolate kale chips instead.

When you bring chocolate and kale together, magic happens. They have a touch of spiciness to make your body glow comfortably on the inside and put a healthy blush on your cheeks.

TOOLS

  • A small and a big bowl
  • A whisk
  • Dehydrator or oven

INGREDIENTS FOR A BOWL OF HEALTHY COMFORT

1/2 bundle of kale

1/3 cup cacao powder

1/3 cup agave or date paste (blend dates with a bit of water)

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 teaspoon orange juice

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne (you can start with half the amount and add to taste)

1 tablespoon Maca (optional but is a hormone balancing add that delights the chocolate flavor)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take the stem out of each leaf and tear up the kale into large pieces.
  2. Mix all other ingredients well together in a bowl.
  3. Pour the thick sauce over the kale pieces and massage until the leaves are soft and coated.
  4. Spread the leaves on to some trays (if your sauce is runny, use a Teflex or non-stick sheet first).
  5. Dry for about 5 hours at 108 degrees (F) and then transfer to the mesh screen.
  6. Continue drying 12 to 14 more hours until dry.

NOTES

  • These chips still feel a bit soft when they are dry and aren’t as crunchy as cheesy kale chips You can also add hemp seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds if you wish.
  • Don’t have a dehydrator? Use your oven at lowest temperature and leave the door a little open.
  • If you feel that the sauce is too thick, add more orange juice. And lastly, for even more warming spiciness or a taste twist, add 1 tablespoon of ginger juice.

Marie-Claire Hermans is an speaker, author and energy coach with Energy For Experts. Visit www.energyforexperts.com to learn more.