I’m a total kale chip-a-holic. I love kale chips! It’s an expensive addiction if you have to buy your kale chips pre-made (usually between $4 and 5 for a small bag), but my favorite kale chips are homemade. It never fails to start a conversation in the grocery aisle when I buy 3 or 4 bunches of kale at a time! I usually get a blank look after I explain what I’m doing with them.
Kale chips are super easy to make. You just have to have a little patience to let them dry out either in the oven, on low, or in the dehydrator.
I like to use curly kale to make my chips. I’ve heard dinosaur kale is a little thicker and makes the best kale chips, so I’m planning to plant some in my garden this spring to check it out.
Here is what you need to make a simple batch of kale chips:
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1-2 tablespoons of good quality organic extra virgin olive oil
- a pinch of sea salt
- 1-2 teaspoons of garlic powder (optional)
- 3 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast (optional~ I use KAL Nutritional Yeast Flakes)
- Wash and dry your kale, then tear the kale into “chip size” pieces into a large mixing bowl, and remove the large center stems.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the top, then work it in with your hands.
- Sprinkle on the sea salt as you’re working in the olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.
- If you want to add more seasoning (or if you’re a big garlic fan like I am), sprinkle on a teaspoon or so of garlic powder and work it in.
- You can also add a couple tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast and work it in to give the kale chips a cheesy flavor, but this is completely optional. If you don’t have Nutritional Yeast, don’t let it stop you from making the chips, they’re still awesome without it!
- Place the kale chips single layer in the dehydrator and dehydrate them at about 120`F for about 6 to 8 hours, check periodically to see if they’re done since dehydrators will vary. You can also set your oven on the lowest temperature setting and bake the chips for a couple hours. Again check them for doneness since ovens vary.
I usually can’t wait for the chips to dry in the dehydrator, so many times I bake them in the oven. Then I still can’t wait, so I’m eating partially dried kale chips.
Kale chips are my new night time snack since I gave up most other chips and pre packaged snacks. I really do crave them, and have withdrawal if I haven’t had any kale chips for a couple days!
This recipe was added to Fabulous Food Friday.
4 thoughts on “Making Kale Chips”
I might try this idea today, I’ve heard of kale chips, but I’ve never tried them.