Double hemp kale chips

This post is inspired by my awesome friend, Rony Alcaly, who owns a groovy hemp clothing store in Santa Monica called Vital Hemp. Before I entered the corporate world post business school, I briefly worked with Rony selling hemp clothing at farmers markets and festivals.  During that summer, I not only fell in love with hemp clothing for its soft feel and durability, but also got into infusing food with hemp seeds and hemp oil. Hemp seeds and oils infuse dishes with a nutty flavor and deliver a heatlhy punch since they are high in protein and essential fatty acids.  These double hemp kale chips are 2x ‘hempy’ since I use both hemp seed oil and hemp seeds.  To balance the intense flavor of hemp oil, I mix it with cashew butter and Braggs amino acids to make a savory sauce that I massage the kale in before liberally coating the kale with hemp seeds – making them ready for dehydration (or baking if you don’t have a dehydrator).  I have tried tons of kale recipes and this is one of my favorite yet.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1. 1 bunch Lacinto kale
2. 2 tbsp hemp seed oil (I used Nutiva which I found at Costco)
3. 1 tbsp cashew butter
4. 1 tbsp Bragg’s amino acid
5. sea salt
6. 1/4- 1/2 cup hemp seeds


Directions:
1. Rinse kale and after drying, cut into chip-like pieces.  Set aside in a medium bowl.
2. In a small bowl, mix ingredients #2-5 to make the sauce.  You can play around with the ratio of cashew butter to hemp seed oil depending on how much you like Hemp’s naturally nutty flavor.  One mixed, coat the kale in the sauce and pour hemp seeds on top.  Massage the sauce and seeds into the kale.
3. Dehydrate on 120 for ~3-4 hours.  You’ll know they are done when they taste crispy.  If they are still moist from the sauce, leave them to dehydrate longer.

Here’s to a healthy start to 2015!

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