Chocolate Kale Clusters with Cumin & Cranberry, and Kids Version

February 16, 2012
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Delicious chocolate with No More Guilt!
I combined my three favorite foods: cranberries (not just for Thanksgiving), chocolate, and kale (usually over-cooked). These chocolate clusters are low-sodium, packed with vitamins, and most importantly, the sewing-circle ladies loved them! —BoulderGalinTokyo

  • Makes 40 or so
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seed kernels
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 12 ounces dark premium chocolate (340 g.)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper (cayenne)
  • salt (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. Kale: Wash and spin kale to dry. Divide into three piles. Pile 1. Ruffly leaves on tops and outside, torn in about 2 inch pieces. Pile 2. Thin stems less than half an inch cut out from between leaves. Pile 3. Thickest stems more than half an inch in diameter. Put #3 in bag and save in fridge for another use.
  2. Prepare an ice-water bath. Boil 6 cups of water in a saucepan. With water at a rolling boil, carefully add stems Pile #2, cover and wait until water reaches rolling boil again. Carefully uncover, add leaves Pile #1, cover again and wait until water reaches a rolling boil again. Leaves should be an emerald green. Drain kale. Shock in ice-water bath immediately. Should be al-dente with a crunchy bite. Drain again. Squeeze water out. Chop everything to 1/4 inch pieces by hand (food processor made pesto).
  3. Seeds: Toast sunflower kernels in a skillet on low heat until lightly colored and fragrant. Remove to large mixing bowl. Toast cumin seeds and anise seeds until fragrant. Put cumin and anise in mortar (spice mill) and coarsely chop. Put in same bowl as sunflower seeds.
  4. Add black pepper and red peppers to seeds. Add salt if you like. Stir. Add cranberries and coconut to spices. Stir. Add squeezed kale. Mix well.
  5. Coarsely chop chocolate so It will melt evenly. Put in a flat pan (pie plate) and microwave until chocolate is shiny. Remove, stir, and microwave more if needed to be smoothly melted. Pour over kale and seed mixture and mix quickly but thoroughly.
  6. Using a teaspoon mound in spoonfuls on cooking paper or foil. Cool.
  7. These keep only about 3 days so enjoy with friends. (But easy to freeze!)
  8. FOR KIDS: They probably won't want the extra spices. I recommend not adding spices in Step 4. Instead sprinkle on the top so kids can see which Chocolates Kale Clusters are for the adults and which are for them. (We want them to eat kale!)

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7 Reviews

Claire A. October 25, 2013
looks Really good! I'm soo trying this :)
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BoulderGalinTokyo October 23, 2014
How did it turn out?
LeBec F. February 22, 2012
galin. omoshiroiii, deseh- ne!!! holy cow, girl! i have been reading recipes for 45 years and i have to say that when i saw this title, my jaw dropped like never before! you are either brilliant or delusional! since you hate uni, i know you're not delusional (ho ho). Uni and natto are the only 2 japanese foods i will not be eating (in this lifetime, anyway.) But then again, there is a third option- you COULD be from another galaxy......
Well, this is going to be very interesting....! I wish I were your neighbor because you must be one hot ticket.

hey,gaijin, i have an idea- why not make chocolate okonomoyaki with a kale, cumin, cranberry filling?

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BoulderGalinTokyo February 23, 2012
Thank you for my first deep belly laugh of the day! Then another laugh, then another!
I'm thrilled with your comments-- I love putting ingredients together that people don't expect.

The Okonomiyaki would probably work, with chocolate as a spice, not a main ingredient.

I see you like Latin flavors with beans, so now I have a mission-- A natto recipe you will TRY and like. Can you get them in MA?

Thank you, The Gourmet in my book!
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BoulderGalinTokyo February 20, 2012
Thank you, hope you get a chance to try them.
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BoulderGalinTokyo February 17, 2012
Sorry not very good at the computer stuff. Chocolate step got dropped.
Step 4B--Coarsely chop chocolate so It will melt evenly. Put in a flat pan (pie plate) and microwave until chocolate is shiny. Remove, stir, and microwave more if needed to be smoothly melted.
Pour over kale and seed mixture and mix quickly but thoroughly.
susan G. February 16, 2012
You are inspired!