RECIPE: Guilt-Free, Extra Crunchy Kale Chips [Video]
If you've seen our past videos or blogs you can kind of pick up on our philosophy when it comes to dieting and healthy living. We believe there is no need to choose between our health and our inner foodie when we put the right foods in our body. Instead of giving up our favorite foods on this never ending road to being healthy, we simply need to tweak the ingredients that make our favorite foods compromising to our health. This brings us to the main topic of this article, Kale Chips. If the only time you've tried Kale Chips are the overpriced, prepackaged ones you get at the Natural Foods Market, you could be missing out. The mass production of bagged Kale Chips limits the attention and care that would normally go into making homemade chips. An example of this is the extremely hard and unavoidable stems and veins of packaged Kale Chips that makes them less enjoyable. Below is our recipe for simple, yet delicious, super crunchy, Kale Chips!
Simple Kale Chips
The first recipe is a more simplistic style of Kale Chips since homemade Kale Chips are naturally delicious! This recipe produces Kale Chips that are super crispy and delicate, so much so that they can be heard when you crunch into them.
- 1/2 Bundle Of Kale Chips
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika (Optional)
- Pinch of Salt & Pepper to Taste
You'll Also Need:
- Aluminum Foil
- Parchment Paper
After our initial post, we decided to remake these chips but lowered the heat to 200°F instead of 300° and baked them for 30 minutes, flipped and then an additional 20 minutes and they were PERFECT! No need to worry about them burning since the temperature is so low. Although it took more time, it was easier than the original recipe since there is a lot less flipping and not need to stand by the oven watching your chips in case they burn. The end results were extremely crispy chips with no burnt, bitter spots!
- Remove a rack from the oven and line it with aluminum foil.
(Using an entire oven rack will increase the amount of surface area you have to place your seasoned kale on and allow you to bake more Chips at one time. Of course, if you have a large baking sheet that will be great as well.)
- Place a layer of Parchment paper on top of your aluminum foil lined oven rack to prevent sticking.
- Preheat Oven to 300 Degrees Fahrenheit.
(Since ovens vary in temperature, this can be adjusted based on how hot your oven gets. Kale is very thin so baking it at too high of a temperature will cause them to burn and produce bitter tasting Kale Chips.)
- Rinse Kale
- Remove as much of the hard center stem and thicker veins as you desire.
(This is one of the more time consuming steps but we believe its worth it and allows you to have more satisfying Kale Chips that can be easily eaten. Note that not all of the veins are bad so there is no need to try to remove every single one, just the super hard ones)
Place about half of a bundle of the rinsed and deveined kale in a large bowl.
(If you have a large enough bowl to hold the entire bundle just double the recipe)
- Add the olive oil and mix until all the kale leaves are evenly coated.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until all of the seasonings are are evenly distributed on the Kale leaves.
(Be cautious when adding salt as Kale Chips are very thin and can be easily overpowered by salt. We suggest adding only a small pinch [about 1/8 Teaspoon])
- Place seasoned Kale onto the aluminum foil and parchment paper lined oven rack in a single layer trying to avoid overlapping the Kale.
- Transfer the oven rack with the Kale on it into the middle of the oven and bake for about 6-8 minutes.
(Note: different spots in each oven vary in temperature, because these Kale Chips do not take long to bake it is best to check on them often so they do not burn which can happen rather quickly)
- After the initial bake session, your Kale Chips should be wilted, at this time flip the Kale Chips so that they may bake more evenly.
- Remove any smaller chips that are already dry and crispy or starting to brown.
- Return Kale Chips to the oven and bake for an additional 7-8 minutes or until they are completely dry and crispy.
(Keep a close eye on the Kale Chips as they have a tendency to burn very easily. We suggest checking them every minute, removing any chips that are dry and crispy and flipping the rest. This step is a bit tedious but they will produce the most amazing tasting chips. The best tasting chips are ones that are completely dry and crispy but still green. Even a little bit of browning is a sign they are burnt which will make them taste bitter. We left ours unattended for a bit too long and they got a little brown, they were still good but just a bit bitter. Here's what they looked like:)
- Once all of your chips are done, transfer them into a serving bowl and enjoy!
These are best served the same day which isn't hard to do as they go quickly but if you have leftovers, store them in an air tight container with a dry paper towel in them. They might not be as crispy the next day but you can easily place them back into the oven for an extra minute or two and they will crisp right up for you!
These Simple Kale Chips are so delicious! They are a great snack to munch on when you are craving a salty snack without compromising your health. They may take a little more time than a drive to the supermarket but the extra efforts will sure pay off, literally! The cost of even the smallest bag of package Kale Chips could run at least $5. Making these on your own will cost a little more than the cost of a whole bundle of Kale, a fraction of the cost of store bought chips! This recipe can also be tweaked to include which ever seasonings you wish so the possibilities are endless!
We hope you give this a try as it is such a wonderful and satisfying snack!