Kale Chips & Sweet Lil’ Nothings


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Happy Hump Day.  Anyone doin’ any humpin’ today?   Kidding!  But feel free to share, I’m nosey.

Glad that you enjoyed my TJ’s and grocery finds post from yesterday and many thanks to all ya hotties who left me their fave facial cleansers in the comments section.  Now I get to do more shopping and tryin’ all your recommendations out!

And in general, many thanks to everyone who stops by and leaves comments, and to those that de-lurk themselves and comment for the first time.  Thanks to new readers who are just discovering my little blog.  Thanks to everyone who reads along and it rocks my world that you do!  So thank you and love to all you sweet peeps!  Muuuuuah!

Speaking of new readers, I did a guest post yesterday on yoga on the lovely Jenny’s blog.  For anyone who’s come over here from there, welcome.  And I wanted to encourage all my readers here to check it out.  It’s 100% yoga-themed so enjoy!

Let’s recap some of the things I’ve been eating here…

I don’t know what took me so long to figure out that a coupla drops ‘o the NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia in my Sunny Warr BRPP (brown rice protein powder) is heavenly.  I need to do that more often.  I don’t think I can ever have something that’s too sweet.  Never been a problemo for me.

Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder in container, NuNaturals Stevia and shaker bottle with ingredients mixed together in water

I also have been diggin’ the greenery.  This one was spiralized zuke noods and greens, and on toppa those, I put about a half a head of cauli (fiber anyone?), B.S., carrots, yellow & red pepps, and dressed it up with my go-to quickie dressing.  Juice of 1/2 orange, a little agave, and couple twists of black pepp.  

Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with mixed vegetables and dressing
Close up of Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with mixed vegetables and dressing

Another pile o’ green leaves. This one had big chunky tomatoes & B.S. on top of the greenery.  Dressed it up with the same OJ, agave and black pepper action as I just mentioned.

Greens topped with Brussel sprouts and tomatoes tossed in dressing

Snack time included a Pure Bar, the Choco Trail Mix Flava.  This one was yummmy with big choco chunks in it.  I admit, I prefer choco chunks to the tomato chunks that were in the salad.

Hand holding Pure ChocChip Trailmix Bar in package
Nutritional facts for Pure Trailmix bar on package

As for the dehydrator action as I promised at the end of the last post….

Kale Chips!
Super easy friends.  I want to thank my friend Michelle of Pure2Raw for sharing what she’s been learning at school with me.  So y’all should feel very honored that you’re getting a Matthew Kenney recipe here with these kale chippies, albeit this is my adaptation and tweakin’ of the recipe.

First, you pick yourself up some Nooch.  I think this sized canister will last me well into Skylar’s high school years.  A lil dab’ll do ya.  Hey, sometimes my man picks things up for me at the store, and although I would have made a slightly different choice, I think, well, at least he bought it.  Just an industrial sized vat, but no worries.

Container of Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Nutritional Facts on back of Container of Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Inside container of Nutritional Yeast Flakes showing the consistency

 Then, I soaked 1/2 c of raw cashews for a few hours in some water. 

Cashews in bowl soaked in water

Drained ’em off and poured the soaked cashews, the juice of 1 very unjuicy lime, 2 Tbsp of Nooch, and about 1/4 c of a red pepp, and 1/4 c of a yellow pepp in the VitaGrind for my kale chip coating.

Cashews, nutritional yeast, diced peppers and lime juice in blender

Voila, coating.

Overhead of blended up mixture

I massaged the coating on washed and de-stemmed kale leaves in a bowl.  I used most of a small to medium bunch of kaleNot a ridic huge batch but I wanted to trial this before I got the Super Size Me of Kale Chips goin’.  Skylar is very confused why we have to wait to eat chips?

Nutritional yeast mixture rubbed on kale leaves on dehydrator trays

Some of the leaves got better coated than others, guess it just gives things a home style vibe.

Close up of nutritional yeast mixture rubbed on kale leaves on dehydrator trays

Put the screens in the Magic Box for 4 hours at 118 FAfter ’bout 4 hours and they were looking crunchy and munchy, and I didn’t want to overbake.   Has anyone ever burnt kale in your oven?  It’s the most nastyass smell in the world so I didn’t wanna over do it and end up with a stenchy house.
In retrospect, I probably woulda kept ’em in the dehyadrator another hour or two (dehydrators are very forgiving I’m learning) but what-evah, they’re crisy enough as is.  I think 6-7 hrs woulda been the height of perfect, but cest la vie.

Kale leaves on dehydrator trays in dehydrator

Word up.  Success.  Notice the shrinkage factor.  No, not that kind.

Finished dehydrated kale on dehydrator trays on countertop
Close up of finished dehydrated kale on dehydrator trays on countertop


Hand holding dehydrated kale

Containerized goodness.  The nooch makes ’em slightly cheesy and savory, and the cashews give ’em a nutty heartiness that you wouldn’t expect.  And the peppers in the coating mixture add a lil’ kick.  Recipe worked perf.  

Dehydrated kale stacked into clear container

For some desserts for Scott, I made sweet lil nothings.  First, a double take from yesterday…

Cool Whip sandwiched in little stacks of baked goods I wanted to clean out.  This one is the Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Cookies with ‘Whippy

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Cookies made into a sandwich with cool whip

And in this sweet stack I used up some Frozen Chocolate-Coconut-Chia Treats with Da Whip in Da Middle

Frozen Chocolate-Coconut-Chia Treats with cool whip in the middle

Yoga is Ubhaya Padungusthasana (aka Both Big Toe Pose, a variation on Navasana, or boat pose)

Woman doing Ubhaya Padungusthasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day: A Zevia Contest.   And no, I’m not running it.  Missy is hookin’ you up this time.  Head on over to check it out!

Stay tuned for some green goddess action….

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  1. Averie!
    I'm so glad I found your blog through PB and Jenny! I've made this dessert and am posting it on my blog tomorrow (Monday) so be sure to check it out! I'm a follower now, so you'll be sure to see me around again! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Ahhh, no! I want it to cool down here in AZ! Haha, I don't like the heat :p Those desserts look fab. I'm a total cheesecake girl myself :D

  3. ooh, cheesecake would be a treat! i'm at a loss right now for my fav dessert though…

    i may have to try this w/o vita, just chopping the heck outta my dates before mixing it all together :) too good! i've already had 3 apples today–oops!

  4. Thanks for all the awesome comments ladies :) Hope everyone's having a great Sat nite. I have coconut blonde macaroons in the dehydrator and my whole casa smells delish. Anyone wanna come over for a snack?

    Janetha-Im workin on the cheesecake
    Inside-I could totally work with your dessert. More info on the middle/main part of it. I can rock out cashew creme for the leche part.
    Nic-Prunes make me poop too much so I stick with dates but whatever works for ya girl :)
    Shelby-Glad to hear you stop by all the time, just in stealth. Stealth is better than not at all, for sure hon! Glad you found a dress too that works for ya, woo hoo!
    Thanks for all the other dessert ideas…wheels turnin over here…

  5. I'm curious… I've substituted prunes for dates in a raw brownie when I didn't have any dates… it was a bit more like chocolate-covered-raisins tasting (because prunes kinda taste like raisins) but still very good, raisins and apples are a good pairing… what do you think?

  6. I stop by your blog everyday now, I just don't always have time to comment. Just know I am IN LOVE with your posts and everything you write. Everytime I see a new post, I smile :)

    FABULOUS crumble! I must make that for myself!

  7. I LOVE seeing that raw apple crumbly goodness on your blog again. I know I sound like a bloody parrot, but I WILL make that someday soon! We have had a ridiculous amount of desserts around here with chocolates, desserts, birthday cakes, etc. When things (and people) clear out and settle down I'll definitely make it. I DID buy dates and dates + almond butter = orgasmic. SOOO YUMMO!!!

    You're so awesome Averie! :)

  8. OK I am totally craving apple crumble now, and I don't think I've got the patience to wait for the raw variety!

    It is COLD here in upstate NY! 40+ degrees this morning on my run. No AZ for sure!

  9. LOVE crumble. And brownies. And everything about your recipes (except that I have yet to make them!) I need to get a blender- is a Vita necessary or would a regular blender work?..

    My all-time favourite dessert is banoffee pie. If you can healthify that and do your magic, you deserve an award…though getting to eat it would be an award in itself. It's basically graham cracker crust (am thinking the glo-bite crust I made would work) topped with banana…then the tricky part is dulce du leche and whipped cream :/

    102 degrees? send some of that my way!

  10. we played cards last night and I almost made another crumble batch but our guest was diabetic and I felt it was too sweet for him….but I talked about it!



    I think being creative and streamlining your posts to free time up is GREAT. you have to balance it all right?

    I missed your yoga post…. i need to catch up.

    glad you are enjoying your AZ weather.

    and today was another yoga morning!

  11. Delish!! THat looks amazing, especially on this icky, chilly day! As for fav dessert, I gotta go with good ol' sweet potato puree with walnuts, cinnamon, and and melted carob chip poured on top. Sounds super random, but its really good!

  12. mmmm that crumble.. mmm. i would love it with some vanilla bean ice cream, my faaave.

    sorry i havent emailed you back yet, i read your lovely email from my phone and despise replying on my phone.. it takes soooo long! so when i have a second to sit and type i will write back ;)

    i like the idea of posting more often!

    my fave dessert ever is vanilla bean ice cream with peaches. any time of year!

    the vegans LOVE cheesecake, that is why i asked for a recipe, they would bow down if i made it!

    happy saturday, i have a long to do list so i better keep this shortish! xoxoxo

  13. Oh, I SO wish I could try your crumble. I can't do almond flour or apples! I am also cutting out dates for a bit as I seem to be having some candida issues:( Bummed!!

    Anyway, glad you are taking another look at how blogging works best for YOU! I have had to step back several times and rethink how and why I want to blog. Hope you have a fabulous Sat. and mommy time:)

    One more thing:) I don't know if you remember me telling you one time that I HATED pigeon pose. Well, I am actually starting to enjoy it!!! Yay! It is feeling better each time I do it:)

  14. Whatever works for you :) I still gotta make that crumble! My favorite dessert – I'm with VeggieGirl – pumpkin and apple things.

  15. Two posts in one day???? EXTRA TREAT!!! Just made my rainy Saturday brighter :-D

    Favorite dessert this time of year = bring on the schweet baked apple goodness. And pumpkin goodness.