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Healthy Snack Recipe - Baked Kale Chips

Updated on June 19, 2013

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Baked Kale Chips

Crunchy, Salty, and Addictive!

After my many years of struggling with my weight loss goals, I have finally learned one thing....deprivation is detrimental. My unhealthy eating and dieting comes directly from my mother. As a teenager we would regularly go on the "Tuna Fish Diet", "The Soup Diet", or even do an hour of aerobics followed by a large baked potato SMOTHERED in cheese and sour cream....something wasn't working. If this was the key to losing weight then we would both certainly be skinny. Don't get me wrong we would occasionally see some success and would lose 5-10 pounds only to pack them back on and repeat the process. I carried these yo-yo diets throughout my twenties until I finally figured out what the major problem was....I was depriving myself INSTEAD of building healthy eating habits.

I crave sweet and salty ALL THE TIME. I had always heard that kale chips were a great substitute for potato chips but I never believed the hype! They don't taste EXACTLY like potato chips, they have their own unique flavor but they are EXCELLENT. They feed your craving for crunchy and salty and are hard to stop eating! They take only about 20 minutes to make and a whole batch of them costs less than $2.00!

These kale chips aren't just for dieters! Bakes kale is featured on many popular food and cooking shows as an appetizer, garnish, and side dish. You can jazz them up however you want to make them your own.

Finished Product

Yes, they are still green but worth a try!
Yes, they are still green but worth a try!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: about 4-6 servings depending on the head of kale

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • to taste optional seasonings, chili powder, salt, red pepper flakes, etc.

Easy to Make!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray (you can use parchment paper if you have it)
  2. Remove thick stems from kale. Wash kale thoroughly under cool running water (kale tends to have particles of dirt trapped in the crevices so wash well). Cut the clean kale into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Toss kale pieces in the olive oil and salt (and any additional seasonings you choose)
  4. Place kale on cookie sheet in a thin layer and bake for about 10 minutes. You will look for the edges to get a bit brown but not burned.
  5. Remove from sheet when cool and START SNACKING!

Experiment!

There are so many ways to experiment with this recipe. I suggest to first try them as the recipe states and then get crazy! I tend to like mine a bit over cooked with some chili powder.


I WISH I KNEW WHAT MY FIRST BATCH WAS LIKE! I tasted one "chip" from my first batch when my children hijacked the whole bowl. I will say that they are the type of kids who would choose an apple over potato chips and are constantly asking if what they are eating is "healthy". I would like to think that this is because I have taught them better than I was taught as a child....... but you never know, it could have more to do with the amount of children's media regarding healthy diets. I choose parental influence:) Either way, these kale chips were a hit with us ALL!

Enjoy and please let me know of any variations you try and LOVE!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Glad I found this hub while looking for something else. I actually made these for my sister the other day since her oven wasn't working. She didn't explain the steps right so I baked them too long and kind of burned the edges giving them a bitter taste. But the ones that I could salvage tasted REALLY delicious. Now I know how to make them next time thanks to you. Oh in store a tiny bag of these kale chips cost almost $5 ... no kidding!!! Voted up and sharing :).

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Bake Like a Pro for checking out these Kale Chips and for sharing! I have to say that I am a bit intimidated by your name "Bake Like a Pro".. because a pro I am not. Just cheap and scared off by the price at price of them at the grocery! I hope that these turn out better for you! Thanks again!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      This is the second comment I get about my name. Here is the story... I tried so many variations of the name I originally had in mind, they were ALL taken. Finally I got frustrated and ended up with "Bake Like a Pro" name!!! So please don't let the name intimidate you. I am anything but pro :).

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'll have to try this recipe. I eat kale a lot, but steam it like spinach or collard greens with onions.

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      When I first saw the title of your hub I thought: "No Way!!" But then I read what you wrote and you have made it sound so down-right good that I'm going to try it.

      Thanks

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Mommymay,

      thanks for making a great hub about a snack that everyone can enjoy

      i never heard of kale chips but i am willing to try them

      thanks again. Voted up and shared.

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks torilynn for reading it! I actually saw these for the first time at the Health Food Store. I was tempted but they were like $8 a box. So I turned around and bought fresh kale for $1! I hope you enjoy!

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      I hope you enjoy them onegreenparachute! I was shocked when I saw them too but am so glad I tried them!

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      JayWisdom..if you like it cooked, you will LOVE it baked! Thanks for reading and for voting!

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