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Cheesy Kale Bites {for Kids}

kid friendly kale

Hi, I’m Anne, and I love kale. I grow it in my garden, and I have a shirt that says, “Oh, Kale Yeah.”

My kids, however, are not on board.

And I can’t really blame them – it’s hard to chew, dark green (a sure sign of evil), and a little bitter. When we add sautéed kale to stir frys and things, I chop it up *really* small so it’s less noticeable, but we are still not one of those obnoxious families whose small children scarf down bowl fulls of raw kale with homemade sriracha and fermented garlicky beets.

kale for toddlers

Our kids love cheese. And clementines. And cookies. But mostly cheese.

So I invented these little cheesy kale bites to help introduce a less friendly vegetable to my little eaters. These bites are a little “kalier” than this other recipe I created that tempers the kale with cannelini beans. If your kids are really adverse to greens, I might try the other recipe first.

Yield: about 15 "bites"

Total Time: about 30 minutes

Cheesy Kale Bites {for kids}

Cheesy, healthy, savory snack for little eaters.


8 c. roughly chopped kale

1/2 c. panko bread crumbs

1 egg

2 carrots, finely grated

1 c. freshly grated cheddar cheese

1/4 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 t. Italian seasoning*

salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Sauté that kale in a splash of olive oil until it turns bright green and softens.
  3. In a food processor, blend up the kale with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out balls of "dough," plop them on a cookie sheet, and bake for about 20 minutes or until the balls are set and slightly browned.
  5. Serve with salsa, marinara sauce, or hummus if your kids are into dipping stuff.

*Look for an herb mix without salt or any other added junk. I love my herb-only mix from Penzeys spices.

kale recipe for kids



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