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BBQ Kale Chips...yes please!

The first packaged kale chips I ever tried were from a certain expensive grocery store *ahem* for a whopping $5.99.  That was for a tiny serving...like a sample or something!  They were Rawk-n-Roll's Barbi Kale.  So tasty, I ate the whole bag in the parking lot.  I didn't even share them with the kids, I said they were spicy.  I know, I'm mean, but I was pregnant and needed food people!

Anyways, I knew I couldn't afford the 50 packages I'd need over the next few days, so I drove home and tried to re-create them.  I tried a few different recipes and they were all good, but not all "Woo-Hoo" good, you know?  They were missing something...they needed something I just couldn't put my finger on.  A few days later I was in the grocery store and stopped at the aisle where the BBQ sauces were.  I picked up a really funky looking bottle and read the ingredients.  After making my way through all the corn syrup and added preservatives I saw a real food ingredient.

Pineapple!
Sweet and tangy, loveable and yummable pineapple!  I went back to the afore-mentioned expensive store and bought a big beautiful pineapple and created a very blog worthy raw vegan BBQ sauce.  No, they are not as good as Rawk-n-Roll's version, but they are pretty close and easy to make.

Crooked BBQ Kale Chips
1 large head of kale, tough stems removed (bout this size...)

1 large juicy tomato, cored (bout this size...)

1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple
1 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked 4 hours and then drained)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 Tbs Braggs liquid aminos
1 Tbs Dandy vinegar (or just apple cider vinegar!)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
4 pitted medjool dates
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup chopped onion (sweet maui onions are best here)
1 or 2 dried red chili peppers (depending on your spice tolerance)
1/2 tsp smoked sea salt (not necessary, but does add a more traditional BBQ flavor)

First rinse the kale and remove the tough stems.  Pat it dry and rip leaves into chip sized pieces and place in a large bowl.  Place all other ingredients in a high powered blender and let it whirl.  Might take a few minutes to get it completely smooth.  You'll probably need to use your little blender pusher downer thingy to get things going at first.  If it's absolutely stuck, just drizzle in a bit more olive oil.
pour it onto the kale and get messy.  Using your hands, massage the sauce into the kale, coating each piece.

Place them onto dehydrator trays and dehydrate them for 4-6 hours depending on your crisp preference.
Store them in an airtight container.

Since I kept eating the kale before I could get it onto the dehydrator trays I decided to set some aside and make a salad.  I added fresh raw sweet corn, diced red onions and avocado.  Instant vegan BBQ kale salad.  If you aren't worried about the whole raw thing, throw in some black beans and it makes for a hearty salad full of zing for your taste buds.

Go make some BBQ kale chips and wow your friends!

13 comments:

  1. That looks so good! I would love to try a BBQ version of kale chips. Printing recipe out right now. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love kale chips...your recipe looks delicious!

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  3. YUM!!!!!!! We're HUGE into Kale chips around here...the kids go nuts for the stuff!!!
    (so do I for that matter)!
    I didn't know you could buy it premade in a bag...thank goodness I don't have access to premade Kale chips...I'd be broke!!!
    xo maureen

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  4. I bet these were fabulous! I bought a bunch of kale on my last shopping trip so that I could be sure to make some kale chips! I can't wait!

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  5. Alright ladies... come back and tell me if you like them! Also feel free to add other/different ingredients and share how it worked out!
    Cheers for kale chip perfection!
    You know my love of curry? Guess what kale chips are next?!?!?
    xoxo

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  6. I got a big ol' bunch of kale chips with your name on 'em! Can't wait to try this. thanks as always for sharing!

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  7. in the dehydrator right now!

    I took out the garlic (hubby is allergic) and upped the onions and used chipotle instead of the chili pepper. the sauce is finger-licking good so i am sure the chips will be. plus i got to buy i pineapple and scarf that down too.

    thank you!

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  8. Bitt - I know! The sauce is really good...hence the salad I made while trying to get them in the dehydrator. :)
    enjoy!
    xoxo

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  9. Yay for the best darn snack in the world, made by the bestest mommy friend! I'm now hungry for more kale chips again, dammit...

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  10. I've GOT to try these! Thanks for posting!

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  11. Looks delish! Can't wait to try it! :)

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