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Healthy Halloween recipe

Individuals with food allergies or sensitivities face a willpower challenge around Halloween. Everywhere are candies and other treats that are forbidden for you because of unsafe ingredients. Don’t give in and start bingeing.

Instead, make some healthy pumpkin-spice kale chips for anytime snacking or for a Halloween party. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse.

•Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming. The fiber components in kale bind together with bile acids in your digestive system and help lower cholesterol.
•Kale can lower the risk of five different types of cancer including, bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate
•Kale provides comprehensive support for the body's detoxification system.
•Researchers have identified more than 45 different flavonoids in kale which gives the vegetable both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Here's what you need for the pumpkins-spice kale chips:

1 bunch of kale
1 cup butternut or pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 T. coconut oil, melted
1-2 tsp. cinnamon, depending on your preference

Here's what you do:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Optionally, this kale may be dried in a food dryer.

Wash your kale and tear into bite-sized pieces. Some say you should dry the kale after washing but I usually skip this step. Place the kale pieces in a large bowl.

Puree your squash in a food processor. Blend in cinnamon, coconut milk and melted coconut oil.

Pour the squash mixture on top of the kale. Massage it in with your hands. Try to make sure all the kale pieces are covered.

Spread the kale on the baking sheets. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes, monitoring to avoid overcooking.

Store cooled kale in a container.

Or try carrot-cake kale chips.

Here’s what you need:

2 medium carrots, peeled and steamed
1 bunch kale
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 T. softened coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. coconut flakes
vanilla stevia, to taste
coconut frosting: 2 T. coconut butter and 2 T. coconut oil

Here's what you do:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Note: As an option, you also could use a dehydrator and raw carrots. Steam and cool carrots. Wash and tear kale into bite-sized pieces. Place the kale in a large bowl.

Puree the carrots with coconut milk, cinnamon, coconut oil, stevia and 1 T. coconut flakes in a food processor. Massage the carrot mixture into the kale with your hands. Try to make sure all the kale pieces are covered.

Place on several large baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with additional coconut flakes and cinnamon, if desired. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until kale is crispy.

To serve, place some of the chips on a plate and drizzle with softened coconut butter.


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