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Quick and Easy Homemade Kale Chips

Updated on September 21, 2020
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Stephanie Bradberry is an educator herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She loves being a freelance writer and whipping up recipes.

Kale
Kale | Source

Inspiration for Kale Chips

While I have tried kale chips before, I was not really impressed. Sure there were a variety of flavors, but none appealed to me. And, sure, kale is a super food, but it was not enough to convince me to keep eating this packaged snack. And you know I love my easy to buy and eat snacks like seaweed.

During one of my frequent trips to the Farmers Market, I bought a bunch of kale just for the heck of it. I fully expected I was going to cook it up like collard greens. But then I decided to look up a recipe for making my own kale chips. Most of them explained how simple it was to do. But often they went straight for some combination of spices that I did not want. Just give me olive oil and salt please. The best online argument for making my own kale chips is a more or less straight forward manner.

So here is my quick and easy basic method for making your own kale chips. Enjoy!

Kale Chips

5 stars from 3 ratings of Kale Chips

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Approximately 4 cups loosely packed

Supplies

  • Paper towels or kitchen towel
  • 2 large sheet pans
  • Aluminum foil

Ingredients

  • One bunch of kale
  • 1-2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt

Benefits of Green Leafy Vegetables

Kale has cancer fighting properties! Green leafy vegetables are a rich source of vitamins such as ascorbic acid, folic acid, tocopherols, beta-carotene, and riboflavin. They are also a good source of minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorous.

As if there weren't enough reasons to dive into eating kale, the antioxidant properties of kale is just one more reason it is a super star. There is a lot of hype about eating your green leafy vegetables. And color is everything when it comes to fruits and vegetables. I love the "eat the rainbow" movement that is now common in the health food world.

Kale Chip Process

Kale drying
Kale drying | Source
Oiled and salted kale
Oiled and salted kale | Source
Finished kale chips
Finished kale chips | Source

Steps and Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Wash kale
  3. Strip the leaves and tear into small pieces
  4. Dry it well with paper towels or kitchen towel
  5. Line sheet pans with foil
  6. Lay kale on sheet pans in single layer
  7. Oil and salt the kale and mix on sheet pan (this saves using a separate bowl)
  8. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until crisp
  9. Let cool and enjoy

You can store your kale chips in a zip lock bag or plastic storage container. Eat at will.

How to Make Kale Chips

Words to the Wise

  1. If you smell something similar to mustard greens cooking, you are on the right track. Your oven will emit a foul odor as the kale cooks. But it is worth it. This was the first way I came to eat and enjoy kale. But now, I can enjoy kale raw or lightly steamed with lemon, oil and salt. I guess it has to grow on me!
  2. While kale chips are a healthy replacement for regular potato chips or unhealthy options, it does taste bitter. So you will have to play around with this basic recipe to get your desired taste. But bitter foods are great for your liver!

Recipe Suggestions

If you have tried making your own kale chips, now is your time to shine.

Do you have special spices or additions that you think are simply delicious? Then please share your experience so others and I can try them out!

My Favorite Variation:

The best tasting kale chips I make have one simple addition. I add ume plum vinegar when I am salting and oiling the chips before they go in the oven. Ume plum vinegar adds a very little acidity and more of a salty taste but with a little sweetness.

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Nutritional Information for Kale

For nutritional information about kale, check out these two sites:

  1. Nutritional and General information from WebMD.com
  2. Nutritional Information from LIVESTRONG.com

Other Articles About Kale

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Stephanie Bradberry

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