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This baked kale chip recipe is perfect for when you want an easy healthy snack. Low in calories and high in nutrition, this quick to make snack is sure to satisfy! Roasted in the oven for deliciously crunch chips that are made for snacking!
If you’re doing Whole30 or just looking for more ways to eat whole foods and fruits and vegetables, you gotta try these oven 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.
How to make oven baked 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.
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.
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.
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! Pair them with any dip you want, like home Tahini Sauce.
Tips to make this recipe
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!F
Frequently Asked Questions
You can store baked kale chips in an air tight container for a day at room temperature, or in the fridge for 3-4 days. They can lose their crisp and go soggy after this time, at which point you can try to reheat them so they become crispy again.
Kale chips are great on their own, but I highly recommend serving them with my creamy dipping sauce. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings to sprinkle over or serve with your favorite ranch dressing.
For more snacks:
- Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- Simple Guacamole
- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Best Hummus
- Roasted Chickpeas
- No Bake Energy Bites
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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Baked Kale Chips
- Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 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.
- Lay kale on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil.
- Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt as soon as you remove from the oven.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.