Kale Brownies….oh yes I did

9 Jun

“Hey man want some “Special” brownies?” 

No not those kind of brownies Silly!! These will get you high on Antioxidants. Our garden is overflowing with Kale. I have added it to soup, stirfrys, meatloaf you name it. But then I wondered???? Can Kale be added to sweet things as well. So I Googled it. I happened upon a site called the Jolly Tomato and I found this recipe. If you are looking for a low calorie brownie, these are not it. They are extremely delicious and no one will know they have that extra boost of kale in them. I am not even going to try and figure out the points on these. But i promise a piece won’t kill you :)

Kale Brownies

Adapted from Kale Brownies from the Jolly Tomato

1 large bunch kale

1 1/4 cup flour

2 T. cocoa powder

1 tsp. salt

2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

4 eggs at room temperature, beaten

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Wash the kale and pat it dry. Gently tear the leafy portion away from the thick stems. Place the kale leaves in a steamer and steam for 5 minutes or until wilted. Place the wilted kale in a food processor and puree the kale. Drain any excess liquid and set aside the kale. You should have about 1 cup of kale.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.

In the top of a large double boiler, melt the butter and the chocolate chips together, stirring until evenly melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let it sit until it cools to room temperature.  Add the eggs, kale, sugars, and vanilla and mix with the chocolate mixture until combined (do not over-mix). Gently fold in the flour mixture until just barely combined, taking care not to over-mix.

Prepare a 13″x 9″ pan by greasing it with butter and then lining it with parchment paper. Carefully pour the brownie batter into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yield: 24 brownies.

Note: As soon as possible after they come out of the oven, carefully lift the brownies up (by holding on to the parchment paper) and out of the pan (if they sit in the hot pan they may continue to “cook” and may get dry). Allow the brownies to cool while sitting on the parchment paper before cutting them.

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