I am a dehydrated foods fanatic! Not only is it a great way to preserve food but it is a great way to maximize the nutrients in certain foods by keeping them in a “raw” state.
Everyone these days is posting recipes for kale chips. To me, kale chips are pretty ho-hum. Sure, you can liven things up by adding a bar-b-que flavor, a hot pepper flavor, or even a nacho cheese flavor. But EVERYONE is making those types of kale chips and I like to step outside the box with common foods.
About a year ago, I thought I would try a crazy flavor combination for my kale chips. I mean, you all know I love me some coconut, so adding coconut to kale chips seemed like a perfectly logical thing to do. It took quite a few misses to come up with a hit, but I managed to create a pretty fun flavor combination that took kale chips to a new level! Enjoy!
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- In a blender or food processor, combine one cup of shredded coconut, coconut cream concentrate, sea salt, lime juice, and 1/8 cup of coconut water.
- Blend until smooth, adding additional coconut water (up to ¼ cup total) if needed. You want to make a smooth “batter” consistency.
- Place the kale in a large bowl, the pour the coconut mixture over it, a little at a time. Between pours, gently mix the kale together with the batter. I find it best to just use your bare hands, kneading the kale.
- Once the kale is all coated, place it on your dehydrator sheets (lining them first is a must!)
- Sprinkle the kale with the remaining ½ cup of shredded coconut.
- Dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 8-10 hours. You want the kale chips to be dry but not falling apart.
- Trust me – you will LOVE these kale chips. In fact, you might want to just double the recipe, especially if you have the 9 Tray Excalibur dehydrator! I could eat a double batch in one sitting! Easy!
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