Kale chips...it's an addiction!

So most of you know how much we love kale chips around here.  After packing them in my daughter's lunch a few weeks ago, I've had many requests for my recipe.  I've been making them for a while and trying different ideas I'd seen/heard about...but I believe I've settled on the best mix for them. :)

Washed and ready to be torn

Cheezy Kale Chips
Take 1 head of Kale and rinse it well.  Tear or chop off the long hard stems (but save them for juicing!) and rip the leafs into "chip size" pieces.  Place them in a large bowl and add this:

2 Tbs Olive Oil
1-2 Tbs Braggs (depending on how salty you like them)
Juice of 1 whole lemon
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
Massage this into each and every Kale leaf letting them soak up the marinade for at least 5 min.

Try to keep your children away...just try.  Mine kept sneaking in for handfuls!

Place them onto dehydrator trays trying not to overlap them too much.

That bunch you saw filled 3 trays

Dehydrate at 115 for 4 hours. 

Keep them in an airtight container and they'll last for several days, but ours are always gobbled up the same day.

Since I have this weird feeling about plugging my dehydrator in and not using all the trays (energy wasting!) I whipped up a quick batch of my Raw Crackers and put those in too!

No, you do not need a fancy pants dehydrator to make these, but they do taste better and retain many of their nutritional qualities if you use one.  You can make them in a regular oven a lot quicker though.  Just preheat the oven to 350 and cook about 10-15 minutes until crispy.

I am not kidding...they are delicious and addicting.  Today, my 88 year old Grandma chowed down on them...I so wish I got a picture.  She took them away from my 4 year old!!!

Happy Kale Krunching!

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  1. Do you think you could do it with swiss chard? I have swiss chard coming out of my ears!!! I actually have a dehydrator too :)

  2. I have made them with Chard before, yes...but it's not the same. The chard gets a bit too thin. I would say start testing them after only 2 hours.

  3. I don't have a dehydrator, do you think I could make kale chips in a really low heated oven?

  4. Kirsten - Yes! My friends who dont have dehydrators do them at 350 (or lower) and just check after about 10 min to get crispity kale. :)

  5. I have tried a few different Kale recipes and so far yours is the best. Not to oily, not too salty! Just crunchy , cheesy goodness. I regret to say that I'm unable to find fresh Kale by the bundle here and I'm forced to buy the bagged stuff. I'm told my climate is not cold enough to grow kale but I think I will give it a try this winter.

  6. She woke up - I'm so glad you're enjoying them! :) Give it a go (growing kale) worst thing that could happen is you've just got baby kale the right size for chips without tearing. Ha!

  7. herbgirltam@yahoo.comSeptember 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I am trying to break my potato chip addiction.These might be just the thing. I am going to try them in the oven this time so they are done quicker.Do you leave the oven door closed or crack it like your drying herbs on low temp??

  8. I made these for a vegan potluck this weekend, and they were a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I got inspired by the delicious "dressing" and used it on a head of cauliflower I roasted in the oven. So very tasty!!


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