Kale Muffins for Dessert?
Did I just say this? Am I losing it or something? Nonono! Repeat: Kale muffins for dessert! My last (this) tinkering was a triumph! Seriously, think about it: Carrot cake, pumpkin cake, sweet potato cookies, rice cakes …. Why can’t kale muffins be next? This is real food, so go ahead and splurge! And hide them well from the kids, they might just wipe them out, and you might end up with a fantastic problem.
They’re not just perfect St Patrick Day Food, but delicious and nutritious year around treats.
Kids Love Kale Muffins!
Funky, nourishing and delicious: I have already tried my kale muffins on some kids: Not only did they love’em, but they got an added kick from the green color. I think I will make a batch for my grandchildren this Shabbos. And as always when I tinker with outrageous stuff, I’m not saying the K word till after dessert: You’ll create a sensation!
Listen to this comment my friend Helen just sent me, which makes my day.
More…more…more…that’s what my 20 month old grandson kept repeating this morning as I doled out chunks of the kale muffins I baked last night! I was afraid to give him the whole muffin because I knew he would try to devour it completely. Good thing I made two dozen because everyone in the family had one and my son-in-law took a few to work with him. And the leftover kale? I made your delicious kale chips. Once again you have taken a very plebian food and turned it into a delicacy. Thanks, Levana.
Who knew kale could be so delicious, in addition to being so nutritious? Read this link on Kale, from wellbeingsecrets.com, which gives you the whole scoop on kale, complete with delicious kale-based, dishes, three of them mine!
Baby Spinach Leaves Work Great Too!
Use them interchangeably instead of Kale leaves.
My Kale Muffins Recipe is Super Elastic!
This holds true for both and sweet and savory treats: Kale and apples are a great pairing, but take a look at all the variations at the bottom of the recipe.
- 1 8 ounce container vegan cream cheese (health food stores)
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 cups flour (all purpose, whole wheat pastry or spelt)
- 4 cups baby kale leaves, or baby spinach leaves, chopped
- 3 granny smith apples, peeled, quartered and diced small
- 2/3 cup golden raisins
- ½ cup chopped nuts or seeds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, process the first set of ingredients until smooth. Add the flour in 2 parts, pulsing each time only until combined. Fold in the kale, apples, raisins and the nuts with a spoon, right in the bowl of the food processor.
Pour the batter into 11/2 dozen smuffin molds (or 9x13 cake pan). Bake 45mn for muffins, 1 hour for cake, or a little longer, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Kale Pumpkin Muffins: Replace the apples with 2 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix), or 2 medium carrots or zucchini
- Gluten-Free Muffins: Use Gluten-Free flour, in equal parts, and add 1 teaspoon xanthum gum (health food stores)
- Replace the raisins with dried cranberries or other dried fruit, chopped
- Savory muffins: With any of the variations above. In this case, just 3 tablespoons sugar, and no raisins, cinnamon or nuts. Add 1-2 cups of any of the following: frozen corn kernels, grated parmesan or other strong cheese, saute mushrooms etc... Likewise, spice it up any way you like, with oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin, etc...
- Vegan Muffins: Egg-Free: skip the eggs. Use instead 1/4 cup ground flax seeds (also called flax meal, health food stores) mixed with 2/3 warm water