This is the best and easiest kale chips recipe, ever!
Kale chips are so easy to make and really delicious. Kale chips are a great snack and loaded with vitamins and essential healthy fats. I’m hypothyroid and not supposed to have raw kale, so kale chips are the perfect way for me to eat kale! Here’s how you make ’em:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
- Remove the stems from your kale leaves and break the leaves into however many pieces you want — not too small though, they will shrink in the oven
- Take all your pieces and put them into a ziplock bag
- Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil
- Add a little bit of salt, I like Real Salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil into the bag
- Shake the bag very well so everything gets a nice coat
- Spread the kale leaves on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes
This is what my kale looked like before I put it in the oven:
And this is after:
See how they shrink? It’s okay to have some big pieces. I kind of had pieces of various sizes to mix it up. I recommend doing a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil if you make a batch that covers the whole pan, like I did. I used a little too much salt but they were still sooo good, especially if you’re a salty snacker.
That’s it! Easy, quick and delicious. These will curb any salty snack craving in a seriously satisfying way. Prep, cook and clean up should take you a total of 15-20 minutes. Not bad! Try ’em out and let me know what you think.
Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.
xo Kim, Running on Good
Hey all! I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks, but I’m back 🙂 Here’s a new recipe that is great for summer–kale chips! They are so easy, and the method can be used to make many things into chips with a few small adjustments. So this is a great recipe to keep because it is so versatile.
For the kale chips, all you need is:
- a bunch of kale (washed, dried, stems removed or cut)
- about 1 tablespoon of oil (I prefer and recommend coconut oil or any other high heat oil, like safflower or grapeseed)
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- Optional: 1 tablespoon of cracked pepper, chili powder, or seasoning of choice
All you need to do is:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Wash, dry, and trim kale
- Layer a baking sheet with a very thin coating of oil or line with parchment paper
- Whisk oil and seasoning in a bowl; throw in kale and toss using tongs
- Spread kale on baking sheet (let excess oil drip into bowl before placing on baking sheet)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (you want the kale to be browned and crispy but not burnt, so keep an eye on it)
Voila! The whole process should take less than 30 minutes.
You can also use this method to make potato chips! The best kind? Sweet potato chips. Ingredients will remain the same, with the exception of using sweet potatoes instead of kale. All you need to do is make a few small adjustments in the preparation:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 450 (sweet potatoes are thick and hard so a higher temperature is necessary)
- Slice sweet potatoes into chips (I like to leave the skin on)
- Whisk oil and seasoning, throw in chips and toss (you maybe need a little more oil and seasoning if you use 2 or 3 potatoes; 1 tablespoon of oil and seasoning to 1 potato)
- Spread on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until chips are browned and crispy (again, watch for browning and you may need to test for crispiness. If you wish to bake longer, be my guest! Don’t be afraid, just watch for burning)
- When done, let cool and serve
Homemade chips of any kind are a great alternative to store bought chips–no unnecessary ingredients or preservatives. Kale chips have the added bonus of getting you your greens, too! What’s better than eating chips and knowing you’re eating well? Kale is a superfood packed with nutrition, and sweet potatoes are good complex carbs, providing sustainable energy for your active days.
Summer is around the corner, and healthy snacks are a must with all the barbequing, parties, and down time that comes with it–especially for kids. With school out and more free time, kids may be reaching for more snacks. Be prepared for trips to the pool, beach, park, or elsewhere with healthy, home-packed snacks, and you can have more of a care-free summer!