Berry Almond Kale Granola

by on August 15, 2013

So kale granola is a thing….

Berry Almond Kale Granola

Want to know how I found out about it? Through TJ Maxx! Well, actually Home Goods (which is owned by TJ Maxx). Recently, I was shopping for candles at Home Goods and I went over to peruse the food section because they seem to carry a ton of high quality items (none of which are past expiration or seem bad) like olive oil, pure vanilla, teas, coffees, jams, honey, etc. They also have organic snacky items — veggie chips, trail mix and the like. While looking around I happened upon something called New York Naturals Greenola with the tagline “Greens, not Grains!” Oh course this caught my eye and before I knew it I was walking out of Home Goods with a new candle and a package of Cranberry Nut Crunch kale granola.

The kale is dehydrated so it’s super crunchy (like kale chips) and when combined with the dates, coconut, almonds and cranberries, it tastes very similar to granola. Don’t let it fool you though, it’s just as addictive as regular granola. I’m pretty sure I devoured the whole container in less than 24 hours.

I shouldn’t be surprised, things like this happen with me and granola/snacky type foods. Anyhow, that’s a story for another day. Naturally, as soon as my little container was polished off, I started brainstorming how to create my own version of kale granola at home.

Fast forward two weeks: I’ve successfully made three batches of kale granola. I loved the first batch so much, I ate it all before getting a chance to a take photos it for the blog. Oops.

Kale GranolaKale Granola with Almonds and Berries

The second two batches are gone now too, but thankfully I did snap some pictures before eating them.

Made primarily of greens and without any oil or added sugar, it’s probably the healthiest granola I’ve ever made. And it’s GOOD! I’ve been using it for everything I would use normal granola for…

Kale granola

Snacking on it by the handful (a little too much), as a topping for oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and even eating it with almond milk as cereal.

kale granola cereal

Healthy cereal! And it’s awesome, because the kale granola doesn’t really get soggy — it’s super crunchy and tastes ridiculously similar to grain-based cereal. The only difference is the color. If you can get over the fact that you’re eating green cereal, you’re golden.

Isaac was a little skeptical at first, but he tried it and said it tastes like Honey Bunches of Oats. :)

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I have an Excalibur dehydrator for making kale chips and other raw goodies, so I used it for making this recipe. But then I remembered how much I hate when I find recipes that call for a kitchen appliance that I don’t own so I decided to figure out the oven cooking process for those that might not have a fancy schmancy dehydrator (or want to wait 24 hours for their granola to be done). Both options are listed in the recipe.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Berry Almond Kale Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of kale, washed, de-stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 5-6 pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup fresh mango, chopped into chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup dried cherries, blueberries or cranberries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, soak the dates in ½ cup water for at least 30 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Make sure your kale is as dry as you can get it. (I used my salad spinner), then place it in a large bowl.
  3. In a food processor, chopper or high powered blender, combine the soaked dates + 1 tablespoon of soaking liquid and fresh mango. Blend until it is a thick paste. Add the shredded coconut (NOT the flakes), cinnamon and salt and blend briefly to combine.
  4. Add paste to kale leaves and massage with your hands to coat each leaf, until all leaves are coated
  5. Add in the dried berries, almonds and coconut flakes and mix well so these items get coated as well.
  6. Spread kale in a single layer over 2 ParaFlexx lined trays and dehydrate for 115F for about 24 hours, or until kale is crispy. If you do not have a dehydrator, pre-heat your oven to 300°, spread kale onto a baking stone or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes with the oven door slightly ajar. Maybe sure to watch at the 30 minute mark gets close so that the kale doesn’t start to burn.

So there you have it, my new favorite way to eat kale! Enjoy and have a Happy Friday.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Kath August 16, 2013 at 6:56 am

Sooooo unique! Even I am scared to try it but I’m going to!

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Melissa August 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

Wow, what a great/unique idea! I never would have thought to make a kale granola, I’ve only ever had kale as chips, raw or sauteed, but I definitely need to add this my rotation!

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Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl August 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

Wow….You have really sparked my interest with this recipe! A kale cereal, very interesting. pinning it now!

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Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

I’m so intrigued!! I love finding fun things like this and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for replicating- I’m sure it was tough to figure out!

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Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach August 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

I bought this exact mix on Nuts.com, and it was amazing. I’m psyched to try this recipe so I can do it myself!! Yum!!!!!

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Alex August 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

I love this! I don’t have a dehydrator (but it is on my wedding list!) – I am looking forward to testing this recipe out this weekend!

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taylor @ taylormade August 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

Awesome — this looks delicious and so unique. I will definitely be giving it a try!! Also, I love some of the food products at HomeGoods. I get my truffle oil there!

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Julia @ Basket of Juls August 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

I have tried kale granola at a restaurant but had NO idea how to make it! I am SO excited to try this out. Thanks for including the alternative to a dehydrating kitchen appliance too! Really appreciate it. Have a good weekend!

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Amanda August 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

I definitely want to try this! I appreciate that you took the time to give instructions for people without a dehydrator.

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Ashleigh August 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

This looks so interesting, especially on yogurt. But I def want to try. Thanks for including the oven instructions!

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Samantha August 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I am SO intrigued! Guess I’ll have to make this to find out for myself how it is. If its like honey bunches of oats I’m set. :)

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Brooke August 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I can’t wait to try this! And to freak my kids and husband out by eating kale cereal ;)

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Cailee August 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Wow! Looks so crazy! Being gluten-free I love the “greens, not grains” idea :) very cute!

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Charlene August 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

This looks crazy cool and different. I love greens so I may have to try it.

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DessertForTwo August 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Genius! Another way to eat my greens in the morning :)

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The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) August 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

this sounds amazing. i’ve been seeing kale-nola pop up in the blog world lately. seems like a good enough reason to get more greens in even though i’m already a sucker for kale chips!

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Whitney @ To Live and Diet in L.A. August 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

This is the most creative recipe ever! And it’s so serendipitous that I read it today, because I just got a dehydrator. This will be my first recipe :) Thanks for sharing!

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Rachael Chanlers August 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

It looks incredibly healthy, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try this lol. Just playing I think I’m going to have to try it because I’m sure it’s tasty :)

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Jenn August 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

Is there a specific way to store this so it’s crunchy the next day or do you need to eat it the day you make it? It tasted amazing but the next day it was more soggy than crunchy. Still good tho. I have this problem with kale chips so I usually only make enough for one serving. I used the oven. Thanks for any tips and for a great recipe!

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Christine (The Raw Project) August 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Genius adding kale to granola, I must try this. Thanks!

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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen August 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

YUM!! I have seen “Greenola” at the store too…I didn’t make the purchase but you have me intrigued! It looks pretty tasty, and if it tastes like honey bunches of oats? count me in!

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Anna @ Fitness à la Anna August 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Wow, this recipe officially blows my mind. It’s so crazy that I might just have to try it out! Thanks for sharing :)

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Leigha @ Minougirl August 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

Oooh.. I have bunches of kale from my garden and this is now on my to do list! I would’ve never thought of kale granola… thanks for sharing!

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Anne August 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

This is genius.

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Jessica S. August 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi there! My name is Jessica, and I run a food blog, Floptimism. Every week I write a Weekend Wrap-Up post where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I stumbled across this granola recipe and thought it was so unique, that I had to feature it on this week’s round up! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. Thank you for a great recipe idea, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend!

http://www.floptimism.com/2013/08/weekend-wrap-up-new-beginnings.html#more-1006

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Bianka Cochran September 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

I tried this yesterday (with the oven) and it was amazing! It had a slightly bolder flavor that’s really addicting. ^_^

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Margaret September 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

I made this in the oven last night using frozen mango (fresh is not in season here), and it was delicious! Took about 37 minutes to get crisp. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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Laura October 18, 2013 at 2:41 am

I’ve been debating whether or not to buy a dehydrator and this has my curiosity peaked so much that I might invest in one. I can’t wait to try this! I just put my crock pot apple butter on so I can’t wait to see how it turns out! If this is successful I’m excited to try crackling cauliflower, I’m so happy I found your website.

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Brittany Mullins October 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Yay! Let me know how the apple butter turns out. :)

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Cara November 20, 2013 at 7:37 am

Tried this recipe…Burned it terribly but was still delicious!! Tried it again and wouldnt crisp, yet still delicious! Tried 300 and 350 oven with door ajar. Any thoughts on having it stay green and crisp but not burn? Could it be too much paste on it? Or too high temp for my particular oven? Tx so much!

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