Fudgy Kale Brownies

Yes, Kale and Brownies go together! The two together make the best decadent brownies you will have ever tasted. Trust me when I say these brownies are to “live” for!

Living a plant-based lifestyle, I am always looking for ways to make our families favorite foods with more nutrient-dense ingredients.  When I saw Chocolate Covered Katie’s Kale Brownies I was inspired to create this recipe.

Simple wholesome ingredients.  No added oils, no enriched flours,  no dairy, no added salt, and very minimal sugar added with the use Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips.   Sugar-free morsels would make this recipe free of any added sugar.   But no worries the Medjool Dates and the unsweetened Applesauce adds the perfect amount of natural sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The entire family gave these moist, decadent and lightly sweetened brownies two thumbs up!  They could not believe that the brownies had kale in them!   Mom approves!

So, go ahead and make these decadent, sweet, and moist Fudgy Kale Brownies!  They will sure to satisfy your chocolate brownie craving!

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Fudgy Kale Brownies

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings 12 brownies


Wet Ingredients

  • 3 cups Kale Leaves (destemmed & cut into bite sizes) about 2 Kale leaves
  • 12 large Medjool Date, pitted (about 7 oz)
  • 1/2 cup Applesauce, Unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup Baked Orange Sweet Potato (skin removed and cooled - see recipe notes)
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Powder)
  • 1/3 cup Plant-Based Milk, Unsweetened (used Cashew)
  • 1/2 cup Cacao Powder

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup "Enjoy Life" Mini Choc. Chip Morsels (omit morsels or use unsweetened chocolate morsels for sugar-free option)
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped


  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper and set aside
  • Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Add necessary water. Bring to a boil. Rinse and destem two Kale leaves. Roughly chop and measure (3) loosely packed cups of chopped Kale. Place kale into the steamer basket. Be sure that the pits are removed from the large Medjool Dates and add to steamer basket. Cover, and steam for 8 minutes.
  • While the Kale and the Medjool Dates are steaming, place the Rolled Oats into a high-speed blender. Blend into a fine flour. Pour the oat flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients and whisk all of the ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.
  • Add the steamed Kale and Medjool Dates to a high-speed blender. Add the remaining wet ingredients to the blender. Blend until mixture is smooth. (NOTE: Mixture will be very thick. If the mixture is too thick for the blade to move, stop the blender, use a spatula to move the mixture around, re-lid the blender and blend until smooth. DO NOT add any additional liquid.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a spatula stir the mixture very well. The batter will be thick but airy. Pour into the parchment lined pan. Spread evenly in pan. Lift and drop the pan on the countertop a few times to get the air pockets out of the batter. Top the batter with more chopped walnuts. Lightly press the chopped walnuts into the batter. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven. Using the edges parchment paper, lift the brownies out of the pan and place onto a cooling rack. Allow the brownies to completely cool for at least 2 hours before cutting. Cut brownies and Enjoy! Store brownies in the fridge wrapped in parchment paper and a tightly sealed container or ziplock bag for up to 5 days.


Baked Sweet Potatoes:  I always have baked sweet potatoes on hand in my fridge which makes it very convenient for me to use in recipes.  Feel free to bake or steam sweet potatoes for this recipe.  Bake sweet potatoes in the oven at 400F for at least an hour until soft, allow to cool and remove the skin prior to using in this recipe.  Or peel, cub, and steam sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes until tender.
Keyword brownies, Chocolate, Kale
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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Judy says:

    I can’t wait to try these, thank you thank you! I have an untamed sweet tooth just aching for brownies!

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hey Judy! Well, look no further. Unleash your sweet tooth on these delicious chocolatey brownies! Your sweet tooth will thank you for it! Hope you enjoy the brownies as much as we do! 🙂

  2. Jill says:

    This is hands downs the best WFPB brownie recipe I’ve ever tried and believe me when I tell you I have tried them all! You hit it out of the ball park with this one.

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hey Jill! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the brownies. I thought they were the best too, but then again I am a little biased. LOL Have a great day because you simply can!

  3. Hannah says:

    Would the sweet potato noted at the bottom substitute the dates?

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hello Hannah! The sweet potato recipe noted at the bottom of the recipe is some tips on how to bake sweet potatoes. Both sweet potatoes and dates are ingredients in the recipe.

  4. Mary says:

    Hi Faith, just found your website, and these are the healthiest looking WFPB brownies I’ve ever seen. I cannot wait to try them! I also can’t wait to look over the rest of your recipes. Thx for all you do!

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hey Mary! Thank you so much for the kind compliment! Hope that you enjoy the Fudgy Kale Brownies as much as we do! Have a super fantastic day because you simply can!

  5. Eileen says:

    Hello Faith. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Made it yesterday – so yummy and it tastes even better today! I loathe kale so this was a great way to disguise it. My food processor struggled a bit with pureeing the sweet potato mixture but made it eventually. I sure made a mess of my kitchen but it was worth it 😄


    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hello Eileen! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the brownies! Hey, some things are worth making a mess for! LOL

  6. Liz says:

    Hi there. Just wondering if you know how many calories are in these brownies?

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hey LIz,
      I am sorry I do not count calories; however, I do understand the principle of calorie density. This recipe includes nuts and dates which are calorie dense yet nutrient rich. Feel free to enter the ingredients of this recipe into a nutrition calculator online to get specific calories per serving. Hope this helps.

      Have a super fantastic day!

  7. Deb says:

    I just made these brownies and they are without a doubt the best WFPB brownies I’ve ever had and maybe even the best brownies period. At first I was a little hesitant about the vinegar but you don’t even taste it. My husband and son can’t get enough of them. And I love that their also getting in a fair amount of greens too. Thanks so much.

    1. Faith Scott says:

      Hey Deb! Super excited to hear that you and your family enjoy the brownies! I understand your initial hesitation about the vinegar, but in this recipe, it acts as a raising agent without adding a vinegary taste. I am glad that you traveled a bit on the wild side and didn’t leave it out. (LOL) And yes, Greens by any means, is the motto I live by! Have a super fantastic plant-powered day!

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