Glass bowl filled with Kale chips
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Kale Chips

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One of my favorite healthy crunchy snacks to make at home and eat is these homemade kale chips. Kale is so healthy for you and I love preparing it in different ways, from raw in salads, in smoothies, and of course crispy crunchy kale chips or kale crisps.

Did you know that Kale is king of all the super healthy greens? It is one of the superfoods. It is loaded with all kinds of nutritional benefits. No wonder it makes such a great snack.

What are the health benefits of kale?

Green fresh Kale growing.

I will only touch upon briefly some of the benefits of kale, read this 10 Proven Benefits of Kale article for more awesome information.

  1. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and many other things.
  2. It is loaded with antioxidants.
  3. It contains more Vitamin C than even an orange. That is pretty awesome.
  4. Kale can help reduce cholesterol which in turn can help reduce the risk of getting heart disease.
  5. It can help reduce the risk of cancer.
  6. This is one weight-loss-friendly food as well.
  7. They are low carb.

These are just some of the many benefits of Kale, again read the above link for more in-depth information.

Gather the ingredients

Bowl full of kale chips.

To make this easy kale chips recipe at home you need just three simple ingredients with some optional ingredients:

  • Fresh Kale
  • Olive oil
  • Salt – sea salt, table salt, etc.
  • Additional optional toppings – Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, garlic salt, onion powder, ranch popcorn seasonings, cheddar cheese powder, etc.

Tools

  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Cutting board
  • Tongs

How to make kale chips at home

Man holding small pieces of kale above a table.

Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C.

Wash and dry the fresh kale well. It needs to be dry. Use a clean cloth or paper towels to dry it, or allow it to air dry.

Remove the kale from the main stem that runs through the middle of each leaf. This is too bitter and hard to eat.

TIP: An easy way to remove the kale leaf from the stem is to hold the main stem and then grab the leaf and pull away from the other hand, sliding along the step, which will easily pull the leaves away from it.

Break the leaves into smaller pieces and place them flat in a single layer onto a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Hand drizzling olive oil over the kale.

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the kale leaves, it winds up being about a tablespoon or so. You could also use an olive oil cooking spray or put olive oil in a spray bottle and spray the leaves. Then with clean hands mix everything together so they are evenly coated with oil and then spread them out again.

NOTE: You can also just do these steps in a large bowl first if you want to, then spread them out onto the pan after they have been coated with olive oil.

Pan full of homemade kale chips.

Place the pan in the oven, middle rack position, and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until they get nice and crispy. At the 7-minute mark use tongs or something and flip them over, to help ensure even baking.

Once they are done baking and are nice and crispy, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Add some salt and other flavorings if you like. Enjoy!

What is the best variety of kale to use?

You can use any variety of curly or flat kale for chips or crisps. Lacinato Kale to Tuscan Kale also known as Dinosaur kale is a popular variety. Common curly kale will work too. I like to use kale that is more on the rigid firm and thicker side. They just tend to make better chips.

How long do crispy kale chips last?

Store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for a few days.

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Kale Chips

These healthy Kale chips are the perfect snack. They are super crispy too. If you like Kale give these a try!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, healthy, salty, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Bowl
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt just a pinch
  • Additional toppings parmesan cheese, garlic powder, ranch popcorn seasonings, etc.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. Rinse and dry the Kale really well.
  • Remove the Kale leaves from the stem and break them up into smaller pieces, about salad size. Place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil over the kale and then mix them with clean hands so they get evenly coated with the oil. Sprinkle on some salt.
  • Bake the kale in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping them over at about 7 to 8 minutes. They should be crispy when they are done. Remove them and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle on any seasonings that you may want, more salt, garlic powder, popcorn seasonings, etc. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Kale Chips - Healthy Snack - Vegan

Notes

List of nutritional facts for Kale chips
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Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love kale!! And this is one of my favorite kale recipes now!

  2. 5 stars
    Such a great healthy snack idea. I made it with the garlic powder and it turned out great!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so good! I love when they get extra crispy around the edges… wonderful alternative to potato chips!

  4. 5 stars
    The first time I tried kale chips in one of the restaurants in Slovakia, you reminded me of this yummy, I will need to cook one of these days. Thanks!

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