Kale chips are quite possibly the most addicting and healthiest snack that you can enjoy. For those not familiar with kale, it is a leafy green cruciferous vegetable that is in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Research has shown this family of vegetables is filled with cancer fighting and health promoting compounds. There’s just one problem with kale… like many other leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, it can be quite bitter and unpleasant for picky eaters who don’t naturally love their greens.
But my taste bud’s disregard for this vegetable changed after I first discovered kale chips. I picked up a bag of dehydrated raw kale chips in a health food store knowing its nutritional value, but having no clue what it was going to taste like.
I was in for a surprise! I couldn’t believe that something like kale, which I personally find to be quite bitter, could taste so great. In fact, they were equally as addicting as an potato chips if no more so. Except that you could eat a whole bag and actually feel good about it.
The only problem with kale chips from the store is that they are quite expensive. Usually a $4-7 for a small bag around 2-4 ounces. So naturally, I had to figure out how a budget conscious person could enjoy this awesome treat. With a little research and personal experimentation, I’ve uncovered what I believe are some of the best kale chip recipes that anyone can make.
Kale Chips Recipes
Basic Kale Chip Recipe:
The basic recipe for kale chips that you see in most recipe books and videos is a simple combination of kale, salt, and olive oil.
- Remove kale leaves from their stems.
- Coat with extra virgin olive oil (I prefer coconut oil).
- Top with salt.
- Bake on a baking tray for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Derek’s Kale Chips:
In the video below, I will show you how I personally make kale chips.
You’ll notice I prefer not to drizzle in olive oil as I don’t like cooking with olive oil. You may however drizzle with some coconut oil, melted butter, or melted ghee. Simply put kale in a bowl, drizzle the oil, and then mix around with hands or utensils.
- Separate kale from stems or use pre-packaged kale leaves.
- Add curry powder, garlic powder, unrefined salt, and cayenne pepper to taste.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes at 200 degrees or 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Brenda Leigh Turner’s Kale Chips Recipe
Brenda Leigh Turner of leansecrets.com shares her recipe for kale chips which I’ve found to be one of the absolute best on YouTube. Be sure to check out her Lean Secrets Youtube Channel which has tons of great recipes, healthy eating tips, and workout advice. Although it’s primarily aimed at women, her recipes are really great for anyone.
What is your favorite kale chips recipe?