How to Bake with Kale + 3 Wholesomely Tasty Cookie Recipes

There’s no denying that kale has nearly forced itself into our everyday lives. Everywhere you go, kale is there. Whether you’re passing the colossal bag of it at Trader Joe’s or see a kale salad on the menu at a restaurant, its invasion cannot be denied, so we might as well embrace it. Yet when it comes to eating the green stuff, we tend to be a bit more reserved than the shelves at the grocery store may lead on.

Instead of having a full-blown kale salad, we may make kale chips to have on the side of our salmon tacos. Or better yet, blend up a stalk or five into our favorite anytime smoothie for a nutritional overload in the best way. Everything about kale screams health, but the same could be said for zucchini and people are baking with that stuff.

So if you can bake with zucchini, can you bake with kale?

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The answer is an obvious yes, yet begs another question: is it good? Sure, there’s a lot of ingredients you could bake with, but just because something is possible doesn’t mean that it’s feasible or tasty. We don’t want our names on anything less than delicious! Contrary to what may soon be popular belief, you can in fact bake with kale, and bake well.

The key to baking with kale is essentially the same as it is when baking without kale: it’s all about the mixture. If you mix your dry goods well and your wet ingredients even better, then there’s hardly any room for mistakes to even be made.

The first best part about baking with kale is that you can create recipes of your own, or copycat some of the recipes you’ve seen on Pinterest and Facebook. The second best part? You can easily add this special ingredient into a variety of dietary mixtures, including paleo and vegan ways of life.

To create a paleo or Whole30-friendly kale cookie, utilize the heck out of some coconut and almond flour to keep it grain-free. To lock in moisture, use unsweetened applesauce in your mix, add the toppings that your little cookie-loving heart desires, and let them cook in the oven until they reach your desired level of completion.

Even if you’re not a follower of the paleo diet, adding applesauce to your homemade cookie recipe will ensure a softer cookie, and a more naturally flavored and sugared one, too!

Not sure where to start your future kale baking frenzy? Check out our three favorite cookie recipes below for some sweet inspiration!

1. Cranberry Kale Breakfast Cookies

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Primal Paleo

Are you constantly searching for time in the mornings to make a hearty meal? Say goodbye to the days of breakfast-free living and hello to breakfast cookies.

These suckers are not only grain-free, they’re sweetened with chunks of dried cranberry for just the right sugar rush.

Try your hand at these morning lifesavers with this recipe here.

2. Vegan Kale and Oatmeal Cookies

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The Colorful Kitchen

Going egg-free never tasted so good as it does with these chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. With your daily dose of greens in each bite, what’s not to love?

Get the recipe here.

3. Fudgy Chocolate Kale Cookies

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One Ingredient Chef

Not only are these cookies refined-sugar free by utilizing the sweetness of natural maple syrup . . . they’re dairy-free, too! Which you’d never guess by their fudged-out taste and chocolate-y appearance.

If you’ve never had a vegan chocolate chip, now’s your chance to dive into the deep end! Get the recipe here.

Kale isn’t a dirty word, and the sooner you start incorporating it into your recipes, the sooner you’ll start to see the benefits at work!

Recipe: Sautéed Chickpeas and Kale Salad