Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables out there, even beating out spinach and chard for the top title.  It’s low in calories, and is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, manganese, lutein, and iron.

A couple months ago, a friend told me about making baked kale chips, and I must admit, my first thought was, “Hey, that’s crazy!”  Turns out, I was the one who was crazy to wait so long to try it.

It’s fantastic!  Light, crispy, and crunchy, the kale sort of melts-in-your-mouth.  It has a slightly earthy, almost sweet, and definitely salty flavor.  Not quite as decadent as potato chips, of course, but it’s got a similar “snacky” feel, while conveniently avoiding any of that “guilty” feel.

We simply devoured them.

So… go bake some Kale.  Do it.  Do it NOW.

Kale Leaves Ready for Baking

Baked Kale Chips
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Recipe Type: Snack
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups kale leaves
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • several pinches sea salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the kale. Tear or cut the leaves into pieces, cutting out the tough center stem.
  2. Toss the leaves with the olive oil, and then sprinkle on a few pinches of sea salt.
  3. Lay the leaves on a cookie sheet (see pic below) and bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes.
  4. Careful, though: If you bake them too briefly they won't get crispy, but go too long and they'll be burned. Check them at 9 minutes, and if they're not crispy yet, give them a couple more minutes and check again. You may need to pull some out sooner than others.

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connie
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connie
6 years 12 days ago

yum! coincidentally, i just tried some of a friend’s kale snacks from erewhon earlier this week, and wanted to go get some. your recipe sounds easy and delicious. i will definitely try it!

Wes
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Wes
6 years 11 days ago

Kale ftw! I had some a while back and used a Turkish yogurt as dip. Yummy!

connie
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connie
5 years 10 months ago
the baked kale chips were delicious! but, as you said, we had to be careful because some leaves will start to burn while others still were moist. last night, we tried making them in my dehydrator for the first time — those were also delicious, and had the bonus ease of not having to worry about timing. the flavor of the dehydrated chips is slightly different — they don’t have the char flavor, and have a little stronger of a raw kale flavor. regarding the battered ones you saw, if you go to erewhon, you’ll find about a gajillion types of kale chips. i saw several battered type kale chips there, and tried one of them. it was tasty. it was a raw/vegan/organic type, and the batter was made of sunflower seeds, cashews, yeast, etc., ground up and then spread throughout. there are several recipes for that type of kale… Read more »
estelle
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estelle
5 years 7 months ago

Andrew, Thanks for the Kale recipe. When your mom & I tried it we did way too much salt & were a bit off on the timing. I like Connie’s idea of using a dehydrator.
Also, could you use other leafy greens such as swiss chard?

Sarah Luczynski
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Sarah Luczynski
5 years 9 days ago

where do you get Nutritional Yeast–would like to try it–could not find it in Williamstown Ma.

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