Are you ready for a taste of spring? One of the first spring items you can find at the farmer’s market in the early spring months are hearty greens like kale. Sometimes when we pick up these lovely greens, it can be overwhelming to eat it all before it starts to lose its nutritional value. So what to do with a boat-load of kale? I was faced with wilting and withering kale in my fridge this week and was determined not to let it go to waste so instead of making kale chips again, I opted for kale crackers instead. The crackers are quite a bit more hearty and filled with extra nutrients. The recipe can also be adapted to make it suitable for raw vegan diets as well.
Kale Crackers Recipe
- 1 small bag of baby kale (food processed to get about 2 cups finely chopped kale)
- 1 cup almond pulp (or may substitute 1 cup almond flour)
- 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (the finer the better) or you may substitute with nutritional yeast
- 3 Tablespoons wheat free tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 200 degrees (or use dehydrator to keep raw.)
Mix together dry ingredients before adding kale and soy sauce. Add kale and soy sauce and knead ingredients together until a dough ball forms. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water until you can form the dough ball. Divide the dough in half and spread onto a cookie sheet lined with foil or silicone sheet. Spread mixture evenly until it is about 1/4 inch thick or less.
Bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees then remove from oven and flip over, peeling away the foil or silicone sheet. Bake for another 2 hours, until dry & brittle. (Should be crispy like a cracker!)
To keep raw: spread mixture onto 2 trays lined with teflex liner and set dehydrator at 145 degrees for 1 hour, then reduce to 120 for 10 hours. Check halfway through and flip patties over and peel away teflex. Let process go until entire patty is dry & brittle. Cut into any bite sized shapes as desired and seal in ziplock bag for freshness.