What the Kale! Brownies

What the Kale!? 

Having ingredients measured out ahead of time makes the baking process much smoother!

Having ingredients measured out ahead of time makes the baking process much smoother!


Hello Moist, Fudgy Brownies!


I will be completely honest with you, I have a raging sweet tooth! Ask my family, ask my husband, it’s a problem.


Okay, okay we all know it is important to eat your “green” food too…


Give me all the chocolate!

Give me all the chocolate!

But lets be real, what is more important is finding a way to make greens taste good! And for this wonderful recipe, you won't taste them at all!



Fresh kale from the local market

Fresh kale from the local market

An Excuse to Eat Chocolate? Yes Please!

It is a great excuse to eat brownies! This hidden green boost gives you a little something to feel good about! Great for moms who have picky eaters in the family too! (You also don’t have to tell your kids what you put inside those brownies they are chowing down on.)

This is no April fools joke, these brownies have kale in them! 

This is no April fools joke, these brownies have kale in them! 

Kale Me Crazy!


It all started when my friend Sam gave me a “what the kale!” tank top a couple of years ago.  I had been going crazy with kale that summer. I had been growing tons of it in my garden and I was running out of ideas of what to do with it!


"What the Kale!" Tank.

"What the Kale!" Tank.

A few years prior, I had perfected a brownie recipe adapted from one I was taught in a beginning cooking class back in high school.


The new shirt sparked an idea. Why not hide some kale in the brownies?!


After a few tries, I came up with a rich, fudgy, gooey brownie that is now a family favorite!


I am so excited to share them with you!



Viola! Your perfect size brownie!

Viola! Your perfect size brownie!

Freshly  Frosted Brownies !

Freshly Frosted Brownies!


The Recipe…





½ Cup, Butter

3 oz, Bittersweet Chocolate

½ Cup, White Sugar

½ Cup, Brown Sugar

2, Large Eggs

1 teaspoon, Vanilla

½ Bunch, Kale (about 1/3 cup pureed) **you can use spinach too!**

½ Cup, Flour

5 Tablespoons, Cocoa Powder

½ teaspoon, Baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

½ Cup, Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup, Shredded Coconut or Nuts




1 ½ Cup, Powdered Sugar

3 Tablespoon, Cocoa Powder

1-2 Tablespoons, Milk (or half and half/heavy cream)

½ t, Vanilla



1.     Preheat oven to 350°

2.     Line baking cups…or 9x9 pan works too (plan to bake it longer for pan)

3.     Double boil the butter and bittersweet chocolate (melt ingredients in metal bowl over pot of simmering water, do not let water touch bowl)

4.     Remove from heat

5.     Add both sugars, wait a few minutes, stir until smooth.

6.     Puree kale and vanilla until very smooth, no chunks in food processor or immersion blender.

7.     Add eggs to puree and mix well

8.     Gently fold puree mixture into chocolate mixture

9.     In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt

10.  Pour the chocolate mixture into flour mixture. Gently fold together.

11. Add chocolate chips and coconut/nuts.

12.  Fill cups ½-¾ full.

13. Bake 15 minutes, test, cover with foil if the tops are looking dry, then usually another 15-25 min.  Every oven is different, so the last baking time varies.

14. Combine all icing ingredients until smooth.

15. Add more milk or powdered sugar to get desired consistency

16. Frost brownies with about 1 T of Icing per brownie while warm to get a smooth glazed effect.

17. Let cool completely.

18. Enjoy! :)





-Emily, Lizzy James Blog Editor