Sweet, decadent kale

April 18th, 2011 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, Snacks, sugar-free · Comments

There was a time that I couldn’t imagine going a day without chocolate. I once lost a bet to an ex-boyfriend over how long we could each last without a teeny, tiny bite of the heavenly goodness. If you know how competitive I am then you can start to understand how much I loved chocolate.

It really isn’t a surprise, studies have shown that eating chocolate releases endorphins in our brains and floods our system with feelings of pleasure. These days I eat a lot less chocolate but I remain a huge proponent of pleasure.

For many people the hemp plant is strongly associated with pleasure. I’ve certainly dated men who couldn’t imagine a day without a little help from hemp. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the health-promoting hemp hearts they adored. I’ve since moved on from those relationships and have developed a loyal love for the delicious protein-rich hemp seed.

There is one food that now garners the same kind of devotion I once reserved for chocolate. It’s Kale. Yes, kale. I know it is kind of lame to be addicted to kale, rather than something more exciting like Scotch, but can you really help who you fall in love with? I mean, look at it, all green and full of goodness. How can you not just adore its determination to make you feel fantastic?

Have you ever had a dream/nightmare in which all of your past partners end up at the same party? Well, this bitter, sweet, snack is the culinary equivalent of that relationship collision for me: Chocolate Hemp Kale Chips!

I discovered this recipe on Russell James’ blog. You can watch him make the kale chips in this delightful video (I adore his British accent) or you can simply download the recipe pdf. If you’re not familiar with Russell, an instructor at the 105 Degrees Academy, you need to spend some time exploring and experimenting with his incredibly innovative recipes.

If anything can make me reassess my relationship with chocolate it’s kale.
This is one snack you just have to experience for yourself. Set aside some special time for you and your kale chips – feel free to invite friends. Kale love is meant for sharing.


  1. Posted May 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Would you share the secret of “date paste”? It’s in the recipe, but I can’t find how to make it on his blog 🙁

    • theveganlisa
      Posted May 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Angela, there are different recipes. I like to soak double the amount of dried medjool dates than the amount of paste you need. I soak them until they are soft, then I drain and blend them in a food processor. I add water only as needed to make a smooth paste that is all one colour and without any noticeable pieces of date (usually 1/4 cup of water for 1 1/2 cups of dried dates). 

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