Kale Chips

Kale Chips or Kale Crisps (as some call them) are a simple dehydrated snack food made out of healthy nutrient dense Kale. Not only do they taste great and satisfy a snack craving without sacrificing nutrition but they are an excellent way to get anyone comfortable with eating and enjoying more greens.  Below are a few of my favourite tried and perfected flavours. Kale chips can be made with any variety of kale, try them all or make a mixed batch.

To make kale chips I use I dehydrator, I picked it up off Craig’s List for $20.  Apparently many people are gifted or buy dehydrators then NEVER use them =)  In a pinch you can also *bake kale chips, really only takes 10 minutes but you do lose a lot more of the nutritional value and you REALLY need to watch the kale for browning, once it browns its burnt – I have burnt many batches before.  As for the below flavours, I haven’t tried baking any of them.  If I’m baking kale chips I use only oil and sea salt, I think the more moisture in the marinade the less likely the kale will crisp when oven baked.

It is also possible to turn your oven into a pseudo dehydrator. If you are able to, set the temperature 140 degrees or at least below 200, keep the door cracked open and then bake or dry for up to 24 hours, tossing over 4 hours or so.  This method is time consuming and obviously isn’t very energy efficient but it will work.

You should probably just buy a dehydrator.  I make my own dried fruit for trail mixes, dry left over fresh herbs and I will be posting many more yummy dehydrator recipes like healthy sprouted buckwheat granola!

Spicy Sweet Healthy Herb is by far the best reviewed recipe, I also enjoy this one as a salad dressing or try it on raw shredded kale, just toss and allow kale to soften in the dressing a bit before serving, unbelievably delicious!  The apple cider vinegar helps with digestion and eating kale raw is truly the healthiest way!

Spicy Sweet Healthy Herb
1          bunch Organic Kale, washed and ripped into large pieces (without stems)
1          tablespoon Hemp Seeds
Food processor or blender:
1          large Lemon, juiced
2          tablespoon Agave Syrup
1/2      teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
1/2      teaspoon Cumin
1/2      teaspoon Coriander
1/2      teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4      teaspoon Cayenne
1          tablespoon  Sunflower Oil
1          tablespoon Olive Oil
1          tablespoon Sesame Oil
1          tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1          teaspoon Nutritional Yeast
3          tablespoon Raw Cashew Pieces

Pour well blended sauce onto torn kale and massage till well coated. Sprinkle with hemp seeds.  Dehydrate on low or until desired crispness.

Salt and Vinegar
2          heads Kale, washed and torn into large pieces
1/4      cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1          teaspoon Sea Salt
3          tablespoons Sunflower Seeds
1          teaspoon Honey
2          tablespoon Sesame Seeds

Savory Sundried Tomato
2          heads Kale, washed and torn into large pieces
4          Oil Packed Sundried Tomatoes
1          tablespoon Soaked Almonds or Almond Butter
2          tablespoons Braggs
2          tablespoon Olive Oil
1          tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1          teaspoon Onion Flakes
2          tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4      teaspoon Sea Salt

Sundried Tomato Basil
1          bunch Kale, washed and torn into large pieces
1          large Red Pepper
1/3      cup Soaked Sesame Seeds or Tahini
1          cup fresh Basil
1/2      large Lemon, juiced
4          Oil Packed Sundried Tomatoes
1/4      teaspoon Herbamare or Sea Salt
1/4      teaspoon Chili Flakes

1          bunch Kale, washed and torn into large pieces
3          tablespoons Soaked Sunflower Seeds
2          tablespoons Soaked Sesames Seeds
3          tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1          tablespoon Sunflower Oil
1          tablespoon Tamari

Note: Soak seeds in water over night.

*Baking Kale Chips:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread kale pieces onto baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy watching closely for browning. Take kale out immediately if it starts to brown!


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