Baked kale chips (whether made in a dehydrator or oven) are a great snack to make that get some healthy kale into you and also give you a much better option than potato chips. It is one of my favorite healthy vegan recipes for people trying to lose weight, since they have lots of flavor to satisfy your taste buds but are much lower in calories than typical processed snack foods.
Beyond simply calories, they also make a snack food that doesn’t have the addictive properties of additives and salt that are in your average bag of chips.
Try making kale chips with some other seasonings – chili powder, salt and vinegar, curry powder. Swap the kale for chard or bok choy, or you can also make a chip with thin slices of zucchini or eggplant for a switch.
Prep time: 20 min. Baking time: 30 min @ 200 degrees F
Time from start to eating: 50 min.
Makes enough for about a cup and a half of kale chips.
Baked Kale Chips Ingredients
4 stems kale, washed and torn into large pieces
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds (or ground nuts)
2 Tbsp (approx) water
1 tsp onion powder, or 1 Tbsp fresh onion
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp dill
sea salt, to taste
Baked Kale Chips Directions
1. Grind the sunflower seeds in a coffee grinder or a mini food processor. If you’re using the food processor, add 1-2 Tbsp of water – just enough water to form a paste of the seeds – then blend in the fresh onion (if using) seasonings.
2. If you’re using a coffee grinder, transfer the ground seeds to a bowl and mix with 1-2 Tbsp of water and the seasonings. You’ll have to blend the onion as well if you aren’t using powder. If you don’t have a coffee grinder or a food processor, just buy some ground nuts, use onion powder and stir them with the seasonings and water.
3. Dip the pieces of kale in the mixture to coat them, then lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake the chips in a dehydrator or oven. You can dehydrate or bake at any temperature – the higher the shorter the time until the chips are done, but the lower the more nutrients will be retained. In a dehydrator, I go with 115 degrees F and they take about 2 hours. The chips should be super crispy, like potato chips.
4. In an oven, the lowest temperature is usually 200 degrees F, and they’ll be done in about 20-30 minutes. If you go up to 350 degrees F, they get crispy in about 10 minutes. I hope you enjoy these baked kale chips, the latest of my healthy vegan recipes. What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below.