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Kale Yeah! The Low-Carb Chip
Kale Yeah! The Low-Carb Chip

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods. It's loaded with antioxidants, is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and can help reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, many people just aren't into the taste, especially to replace snack foods.

Enter baked kale chips. These light and crispy munchies are a delicious option for anyone looking to cut calories, reduce carbs, or just make healthier choices that curb cravings. They're easy to make and super customizable.

01

What you'll need

kale chips healthy potato chip alternative

For this basic kale chip recipe, you'll need a couple of bunches of fresh kale. There are several varieties; any will work but most people prefer curly kale. You'll also need a baking sheet, seasoning of your choice, and oil. Feel free to do as many flavors as you like, setting out a different baking sheet for each one.

02

Prepping the kale

Washing kale Neustockimages / Getty Images

Trim the kale by pulling the leaves off the thick stock in the center. Tear the kale into medium chip-sized pieces, wash it thoroughly, and dry it with a paper towel or salad spinner. It must be very dry, or it will get soggy in the oven. Place the kale in a large mixing bowl, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

03

Seasoning

seasoning kale chips

The most important part of this step is to massage the kale. This helps soften the leaves, bring out the flavor, and ensure the chips are fully coated. Do this by pouring a drizzle of oil over the kale and massaging it through with your hands. The leaves should not be dripping, or they won't crisp up. A thin coat of oil over every piece is all you need. Next, spread your chips out in a single layer over a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and any other seasoning you'd like.

04

Baking the kale

Once the oven has reached 350 degrees, place the baking sheet inside. Bake your chips for 10 to 11 minutes, or until they are crisp but still green. Once they've finished baking, leave them to cool for a few minutes, then enjoy your delicious and healthy snack.

Salt is a great topping for a basic kale chip, but if you really want to up your game, try the following recipes to mimic your favorite potato chips.

05

Spicy nacho kale chips

Spice up your snack with a Mexican twist. For this recipe, you'll need:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne

Mix the spices together and massage the blend into the oiled leaves. Spread the chips out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 14 minutes. Let them cool for two to three minutes before enjoying.

06

Curry kale chips

kale chips with curry

This high-protein and veggie-rich recipe is baked slowly for a dehydrated version of kale chips. You'll need:

  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons mild curry powder
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2/3 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops plain liquid Stevia (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons mild miso
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 - 1/3 cup water

After oiling and massaging the kale, place all other ingredients in a blender and mix until thick and creamy. Pour the mixture over the kale leaves and toss to coat evenly. Spread the chips out over a baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees and bake the chips for one hour. Gently flip the chips and bake for another hour. Let the dried chips cool, and enjoy.

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Spicy parmesan kale chips

Parmesan kale chips Charles Wollertz / Getty Images

Great for game day or a cocktail party, these simple and tasty chips will have your friends begging for another batch. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt together. Massage the mixture into the washed kale and spread the leaves out on the baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake chips for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove chips from the oven and allow them to cool slightly. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of parmesan cheese and toss.

08

Easy "cheesy" kale chips

Nutritional yeast bhofack2 / Getty Images

For this recipe, skip the fatty cheese but enjoy the cheesy flavor. Nutritional yeast is a great vegan stand-in that provides dairy-free nutrition. After massaging your kale with olive oil, spread it out on the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast. Toss the chips lightly with your hands to evenly spread the ingredients, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

09

"Everything bagel" kale chips

everything bagel kale chips

Who doesn't love the taste of an everything bagel? Now you can have the taste without the heavy, processed carbs. For this recipe, mix

  • 1/2 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon large flake sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway (rye) seeds

Spread the oiled chips out over the baking sheet and sprinkle with your homemade seasoning. Bake the chips for approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees, allow to cool, and enjoy.

10

Coconut oil kale chips

kale chips with coconut oil

These chips not only taste great, they also pack an extra healthy punch. Coconut oil has many benefits and can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

For this recipe, melt one tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it into the kale leaves. Sprinkle with garlic powder, red chili flakes, ground ginger, and salt and pepper. Toss the kale to combine and spread it out on your baking sheet. Bake chips at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

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