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Baked Kale Chips

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Baked kale chips are a great healthy Whole30 substitute for potato chips with less calories, less carbs and less fat. Pair them with my vegan dipping sauce!


If you’re doing Whole30 or just looking for more ways to eat whole foods and fruits and vegetables, you gotta try these baked kale chips. Kale chips have been popular for more than a decade, but their addictive crunchy texture doesn’t get old! They are a low calorie, low carb and low fat snack that are also loaded with lots of nutrients. I pair mine with a vegan dipping sauce, so it makes for great party food!

Large bowl of kale chips with dipping sauce

How to make kale chips

Start with a fresh bunch of kale. Look for curly sturdy leaves at the store that will hold up after washing, drying and baking.

Fresh bunch of kale to make baked kale chips

Next, use kitchen shears or your hands to cut the kale into bite-sized pieces. And then wash and dry the kale leaves thoroughly. It helps to use a salad spinner to make sure there’s no moisture left on the kale leaves. You can also lay them out on a kitchen towel to dry them.

Collage showing the fresh kale getting cut and dried to make baked kale chips

Using your hands, massage the kale leaves with a just a tablespoon of olive oil so that each leaf has just enough oil but is not drenched in it. You’d be surprised how little olive oil you actually need.

Then it’s baking time. Watch them closely in the oven and turn then halfway through to make sure they are crispy and not burnt. You want the leaves to become dark green but not brown. If any leaves are brown, they will have a bitter taste.

Kale leaves on baking sheet before baking

How to make the dipping sauce

While the kale chips are in the oven, you can make the dipping sauce. It only needs 4 ingredients: almond milk, tahini, lemon juice and cumin (or you can substitute another herb or spice). Just whisk them together in a small bowl until well blended.

If you have any of the dipping sauce leftover, it makes for a great salad dressing as is or thinned out a bit with milk or water.

Collage showing the dipping sauce getting made for the baked kale chips

When they come out of the oven, sprinkle some salt on them, crushed red pepper or even parmesan cheese or other herbs. And just like that it’s dipping time!

Large bowl of baked kale chips with one getting removed by hand

Tips to make the best kale chips

  1. Buy the kale on the day you plan to bake it, or the day before at the earliest. This way it guarantees that you have fresh and crisp kale that won’t wilt after you wash it and bake it.
  2. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dried. In fact, it might even help to wash and dry the kale the day before to make sure there’s no moisture left on the leaves. This will help when it comes time to baking so they don’t wilt.
  3. Don’t use too much oil. It’s easy to think that adding oil will add to the crispy factor. But becauses we’re dealing with a leafy green, too much oil can actually backfire in this situation because it adds too much moisture to the kale. Depending on how large the the kale bunch is, you can use more or less than a tablespoon. But just use enough to barely coat the leaves.
  4. Add salt after baking. Usually adding salt before baking helps with the best flavor. But in the case of these baked kale chips, the salt dissolves and can also lead to too much moisture on the leaves. So salt immediately after they come out of the oven. The kale chips will be salty without being  sad and wilted!
Close up shot of baked kale chips with dipping sauce

I love these baked kale chips as a healthy snack to have at parties, get togethers or even for your mid-day munchies! They are a great snack for anyone looking to add more vegetables to their diet. They’re especially great if you’re vegan, doing Whole 30 or trying a ketogenic (keto) diet. I found that even my kids enjoyed them because they have a salty flavor and crunchy texture that is so great for snacking!

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Close up shot of baked kale chips with dipping sauce
Baked Kale Chips
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Baked kale chips are a great healthy Whole30 substitute for potato chips with less calories, less carbs and less fat. Pair them with my vegan dipping sauce!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Calorie, Low-carb, Low-Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 108 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 head kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt for sprinkling
Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the ribs from the kale and cut into bite sized pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry the kale with a salad spinner.
  3. To make the dipping sauce, whisk all the ingredients together and set aside.
  4. Lay kale on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil.
  5. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt as soon as you remove from the oven.
  6. For the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the almond milk, tahini, lemon juice, cumin and some salt and pepper until combined. Serve with the kale chips.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container on the countertop for 1 day. You can also store them in the fridge for up to 3-4 days but they will soften in the fridge.

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the dipping sauce in advance and store it for up to 14 days. Then it's ready for dipping when you make the kale chips.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can add any seasoning to the kale chips after they bake. You can also add any seasoning or spices to the dipping sauce.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving with the dip, but this is likely more dip than you'll need for the amount of kale.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Kale Chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 28.5%
Vitamin C 23.1%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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