Kale chips are such a great healthy snack! They tend to be pretty pricey at grocery stores, but they are so easy to make and you can vary the seasoning for versatile flavors! Kale has a good, strong flavor on its own, so for the most simple seasoning for kale chips, you can just use salt and pepper. I really like adding nutritional yeast as well, which I get at Trader Joe’s.
I made a big batch of kale chips using two bags of kale, so now I have kale chips to snack on and add to my meals during the week! I recommend using kale that is not chopped into small pieces, because the pieces will easily burn in the oven and also will become smaller when baking and not be a good size for chips. The kind of kale I got from Trader Joe’s just said “kale”, versus “chopped kale”, and it worked great . Kale chips are gluten and nut-free, and vegan as well of course, so they are great to make for a gathering so there is a snack out there for everyone.
Here is how to make your own kale chips:
Kale (rinsed and dried) - I used 16 oz (two bags of kale from Trader Joe’s)
3-4 tbsp olive oil
Desired seasonings: salt and pepper, Everything But The Bagel (EBTB), garlic, nutritional yeast, etc.
- I used EBTB, black pepper, nutritional yeast, and a bit of turmeric and paprika
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Massage kale in the bag to soften it slightly.
2. Add to a large bowl, add 3-4 tbsp olive oil, and sprinkle with seasoning. Use your hands to massage the olive oil and seasoning to evenly coat the kale.
3. Arrange the kale on a large baking sheet (or a few depending on how much kale you have) so that it is spread as evenly as possible. You want to avoid the leaves piling on top of each other, or your chips will not be very crispy!
4. Add the kale to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, checking occasionally, until crispy but not black/burnt.
5. Let cool and enjoy! These are great plain, or you can add them on toast (such as with avocado or hummus), in a salad, or many other possibilities!