Berry Almond Kale Granola

Made primarily of greens and without any oil or added sugar, this kale granola is the healthiest granola I’ve ever made. And it’s GOOD!

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 Granola
Kale 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.

A bowl of kale granola served with milk.

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. 🙂

A jar of kale granola spilling out onto a square plate.

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.

Berry Almond Kale Granola

5 from 2 votes
Made primarily of greens and without any oil or added sugar, this is the healthiest granola I’ve ever made. And it’s GOOD!
Overhead shot of kale granola in a glass jar.
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of kale, washed, de-stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 5-6 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango, chopped into chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, blueberries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, soak the dates in 1/2 cup water for at least 30 minutes, or until softened.
  • Make sure your kale is as dry as you can get it. (I used my salad spinner), then place it in a large bowl.
  • 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.
  • Add paste to kale leaves and massage with your hands to coat each leaf, until all leaves are coated.
  • Add in the dried berries, almonds and coconut flakes and mix well so these items get coated as well.
  • 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 as the 30 minute mark gets close so that the kale doesn’t start to burn.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 284kcal Carbohydrates: 58g Protein: 5g Fat: 9g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 42g

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

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    30 comments
    1. 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!

    2. 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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 18, 2013 AT 7:11 pm

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

    3. Margaret
      September 25, 2013 AT 8:50 am

      5 stars
      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!

    4. 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. ^_^

    5. 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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