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Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips

Serves: 3

Category: Burgers, Pizza, Wraps and Chips
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss, Kid-Friendly

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These delicious crunchy kale chips couldn't be any easier to make. Choose from a selection of healthy seasonings for some fun flavor ideas. The whole family will love them, so you might want to bake an extra batch!

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1 bunch kale, tough stems and center ribs removed
olive oil and water mixture in a spray bottle (see note)
garlic and/or onion powder
balsamic vinegar
fresh lemon juice
Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or Mato Zest , Mrs. Dash, or no salt Spike
chili powder
black pepper
raw cashew or almond butter mixed with water


Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.

Tear kale into uniform, chip-sized pieces. Spread evenly on a non-stick baking sheet. Shake olive oil and water mixture well and spray kale lightly.

Sprinkle with your choice of seasoning. Bake for 50 minutes or until crispy and dry, tossing occasionally to prevent burning.

Can be eaten as a snack or used as a topping for salads or other dishes.

Note: Use a ratio of one-third olive oil and two-thirds water.

Calories 127; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrates 10 g; Total Fat 8.1 g; Saturated Fat 0.7 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 40 mg; Fiber 3.2 g; Beta-Carotene 4495 ug; Vitamin C 59 mg; Calcium 114 mg; Iron 1.7 mg; Folate 25 ug; Magnesium 55 mg; Zinc 1.2 mg; Selenium 1.1 ug

Comments (26):



07/06/2011 02:52 PM

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These are awesome. I am addicted to them. I just use the oil method. And I tell you they are better than any potato chip.


12/05/2011 09:34 PM

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Delicious! Much better than I expected. Definitely a keeper recipe!


12/09/2011 04:08 PM

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Holy cow. Who knew Kale could be this good? I used some onion powder and a little coarse kosher sea salt.
This comment was last edited on 12/09/2011 04:09 PM


05/16/2012 04:50 PM

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Delicious! I never expected these chips to be so good. I used Mrs. Dash seasoning and garlic powder. Will try this exact recipe next time. I'm thinking that the balsamic vinegar may give a neat twist. Thank you!


06/11/2012 06:18 PM

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I make these in a dehydrator at a very low temperature using teflex sheets. There is no need to add any oil, and if you want a lower-fat version the nuts are not can blend the spices with a variety of other substances, such as vegetables (zucchini works well) or Tofu (I make a sour cream tofu with tofu and lemon and add a bit of chia or hemp powder to thicken to use on the kale chips) which coats the kale quite well and works well in the dehydrator. I have NOT yet tried these methods, but I think they would work well if you use a silpat or teflex sheet in the oven and heat at a low temperaturs....


06/11/2012 07:06 PM

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These are super yummy. Could not believe how good they were the first time I ate them. Ate the whole bunch. Couldn't stop crunching. 5 stars
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07/20/2012 01:21 AM

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What ratio of oil to water should I use?


12/02/2012 10:42 AM

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If making in a dehydrator, there is no need for oil/water. I massaged kale with a blend of nutritional yeast, lower sodium miso paste, garlic/onion/chili powders, balsamic vinegar, tahini, and lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar). Set at 105F for twelve hours.


01/21/2013 09:21 PM

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This was so awesome. I have now become a fan of kale!


07/28/2013 10:46 AM

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Love these!


08/25/2013 07:24 PM

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Delicious and easy! Will make these again!


11/29/2013 09:58 PM

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Iam also addicted to these chips I use different spices try red pepper flakes totally awesome


01/30/2014 01:31 PM

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I have made these in the oven and the dehydrator. You can make alot more at a time in a dehydrator if you have one. I set on 130 degrees for about 4 hours or more and they are perfect. This is my favorite topping:
1/4 cup Almond Butter
1/8 cup Onion
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove
1 1/2 tablespoons Miso Paste
1/2 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
1 tablespoon Thyme
1 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 teaspoon Tumeric
This comment was last edited on 01/30/2014 01:32 PM


01/30/2014 01:49 PM

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If you are in a hurry, you can do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1 bunch of kale (stems and center ribs removed, torn into bite-size pieces)
1-2TBS of Braggs Healthy Vinaigrette
Mix them together, put on cookie sheet with parchment paper
Bake 8-10 min
When they're halfway done, take cookie sheet out of oven, toss, then put back in for remaining time (watch for burning)


01/30/2014 02:16 PM

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I just made kale chips 1/2 hour ago before reading this recipe. Used an olive oil misting spray bottle, sprayed on just a little oil (why mix with water??), and massaged it into the kale leaves. Sprinkled on a mixture of cumin & smoked paprika and massaged a little more. Spread the leaves out on a drying rack over a sheet pan (standard restaurant equipment) and baked TEN minutes at 350. Perfect. Didn't have to toss, either.


01/30/2014 02:23 PM

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Yes!!! I'd made these years ago but had completely forgotten about them.

I too wondered as vancek101 had in 2012 about the "proper" ratio of olive oil to water for the sprayer, as I'm desperately trying to lose weight...hence my reluctance to spray pure olive oil.


01/30/2014 04:23 PM

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These are our favorite snack. Make them at home, because they cost $6.79 for 2 oz. at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's!


01/30/2014 05:54 PM

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Do the thicker leaves of winter white kale get crisp? I have lots of it in my garden!


01/30/2014 06:04 PM

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Even easier, I just buy these from Trader Joe's in Miami, only $3.99 per bag. Containing seeds and onion powder, all I have to add is a mushroom and bean side dish, and there's my quick meal on the road. To simplify even more, I keep a basic cream of mushroom bean soup on hand, and just heat it up to go with the kale chips. But I'm saving these recipes. Thank you for posting them!
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01/30/2014 10:06 PM

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These sound great. I too would not want to use too much oil. We make kale chips on the dehydrator--- we use a recipe from Brendan Brazier's book "Thrive Foods." We make a "dressing" with sunflower seeds/balsamic vinegar/apple cider vinegar/pink Himalayan sea salt. So good! We will eat 2 bunches easily in one sitting.:). Kids love them too!


03/08/2014 05:18 AM

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love them. Once made. these are a great quick snack. I keep them in a see thru container on my counter... reach for these instead of cereal or other bagged snacks.


06/08/2014 05:33 PM

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I don't see the ratio of olive oil to water in this recipe. It leaves a little to much to the imagination. Does any one know what it should be?


08/13/2014 03:55 PM

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These were great! I flavored mine with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor and an extra vitamin boost.


10/18/2014 09:25 AM

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Yes, I agree with the others. The ratio of oil to water is needed please. :)


08/12/2016 11:45 PM

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Olive Oil?


09/16/2016 04:23 PM

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A ratio of 1 part oil to 5 parts water seems the consensus for homemade olive oil sprays. The 365 Organic Olive Oil spray says "0" calories per third-of-a-second spray, but that's likely just under 1 calorie. If sprayed for five full seconds, the 365 spray would be at most 15 calories: about 1/8th TBSP or less than 1/2 TSP of oil, well within the daily ETL allowance for Week 2.
This comment was last edited on 09/16/2016 04:30 PM