Chocolate Kale Cookies Recipe -
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Chocolate Kale Cookies

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"These cookies are great because they use the superfood kale! It's a great way to get children to eat vegetables without even knowing they're there! These cookies are moist, cakey, and delicious. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.
  3. Blend applesauce and kale together in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  4. Beat sugar, butter, egg white, and vanilla together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Stir kale mixture, canola oil, and honey into creamed butter mixture. Stir flour mixture into kale mixture until dough is just mixed; fold in chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated until edges are slightly hardened, 10 to 12 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 20, 2014

These were so yummy! I was looking for a chocolate treat that was healthy, and these did the trick! To improve nutritional quality I used whole wheat flour and a natural zero calorie sweetener to replace the sugar. Besides the small bit of butter, these "cookies" are very filling and relatively healthy. As far as taste, I call these "cake cookies," because they are like perfectly bite size pieces of moist chocolate cake. They were not as "cookie" like but I found that enjoyable. Overall an easy, yummy, and healthy alternative to standard cookie or cake making. ---And by the way, in case you're concerned--- when eating the cookies you cannot even tell there is kale. It just adds tons of nutrients!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 26, 2014

We like the texture, but not the flavor so much. They're edible, but not good. They need more sugar and more chocolate... or maybe more of a sweeter chocolate would do the trick.


9 Ratings

Jan 11, 2014

We absolutely loved was a great way to begin eating "healthy" again after indulging during the holidays!!!

May 19, 2015

I really loved these cookies! I used 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/3 cup sugar substitute plus four Truvia packets to make them sweeter. They have a wonderful cake-like texture and are very light--based on the ingredients I used, each cookie had only 35 calories! This is the first time I've tried baking kale in a dessert, and I was very pleased with the results. Great recipe!

May 13, 2015

I doubled the recipe and made 24 mini muffins, baked for 12 minutes. Used coconut sugar and half whole wheat flour, these are great!

Apr 27, 2014

Next time I think I will add more cocoa, they came out greener than desired

Apr 26, 2014

I got some kale in a Bountiful Basket order and as I've never been a fan of kale, I had no clue what to do with it. I ran across this recipe and was doubtful but willing to try it as I had all the ingredients, except the applesauce. (Because of that I substituted a freshly puréed apple and an extra teaspoon of sugar.) When I told my husband I was baking kale into cookies, he laughed. He wasn't laughing once he tried them. What a wonderful surprise for chocolate lovers. I would compare these to a moist muffin consistency.

Apr 29, 2014

I would not have believed it. Even my husband who would never eat kale just loved them. I am making more today. I made it exactly like the recipe only leaving out the chocolate chips. These are so yummy. Thanks so much for posting and coming up with this recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 87 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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