I had a hard time naming these little gems…are they totally paleo even if they have dark chocolate in them? Some sources say so. Are they really cookies or are they more like a brownie bite? They’re not really fudge, but they sure are chocolatey and rich. At least the sea salt in the title is accurate.
What’s missing from this title is the ingredients that make it so suspiciously delicious and sneaky. I don’t think “Kale and Avocado Chocolate Cookies” really sounds too appetizing to most people…even though it does to me. But that’s what’s in these yummy treats. Yes, kale and chocolate together…a match made in Heaven, right? These are ridiculously easy to make, just a few simple ingredients. But let me tell you this…if my husband likes them, then they pass the “I can sneak any vegetable into a cookie” test. He at 6 yesterday.
Here’s what you will need:
- 1 soft avocado
- 1/2 soft banana (or you could use 1 1/2 avocado alternatively)
- 4 large leaves of kale, destemmed
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. almond meal
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- 1/2 c. coconut sugar
- 1/3 c. dark chocolate chips (you could also use just regular milk chocolate chips, but I guess that’s not so Paleo…but I’m not Paleo, so you won’t hear me telling you not to!)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- sea salt for finishing
- a Cuisinart
First, throw the kale, avocado, banana, egg and vanilla into the food processor and blend until the kale is really finely chopped and mixed into the rest. Then, add the remaining dry ingredients and blend well, but not too much. Finally stir in your chips.
Spoon drop them onto a lined cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle sea salt on the tops and let cool/rest for 10 minutes. Pop these little sinful morsels into your mouth and wash them down with your favorite milk. I guarantee you can’t eat just one.
I send this virtual recipe out to my sister-in-law, Brianna, who is an amazing gluten-free/whole foods advocate/ anti-Monsanto warrior and my aunt Donna who is our family’s legendary cookie baker, but who loves her veggies as much as her sugar and butter. Love you ladies!!