I woke up this week craving Kale Chips. I know, I know. Who does that? Well, apparently I do, so because I was craving them for a couple of days and kale was on sale I took a break Wednesday morning and made a batch of tasty kale chips.
Frankly, there isn’t an easier recipe around. This kale chip recipe takes Kale, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. That’s it. Four simple ingredients and they are done. Easy, peasy lemon squeezy.
Dozens of Kale Chip Recipes
Kale was on sale this week so I grabbed a huge batch of it and washed it up, then patted it dry and decided to flavour these lightly. There are zillions of ways you could flavour homemade baked kale chips. Garlic? Chilli pepper? Red Pepper flakes? Parmesan cheese or lemon, maybe even lime, can also make a wonderful variation.
However, for me I like them super simple and crispy. Mine have got to be crispy or no go.
So when you wake up craving kale chips and want a tasty healthy snack to share here you go….Don’t forget this recipe.
Don’t think that kale is a taste you can acquire? Give it a shot at least once. You may be surprised.
In the past I have found sometimes that raw kale can be gritty so you really have to wash and dry these well before baking them. Nobody likes a gritty texture in their vegetables or food. That just reminds you they once grew in dirt. So start by washing and drying extremely well.
Originally I had no idea how simple it was to bake these for snacks. But we once received one of those food subscription boxes and the meal itself also contained a side recipe of baked kale chips. They were so much nicer than I ever imagined and light, as in not overly filling. So, after that original effort I was interested in trying other kale chip recipes and making my own. Now, this is my occasional superfood snack and it’s one I feel good about giving my kids.
Trim the stems off with a kitchen gadget stem remover or rip them off with your hands. Stems are a bit too fibre-y to be part of this snack and be sure to rip into chip sized bites as well as spread them out on a cookie sheet. Then enjoy! Make sure they don’t overlap. For a big batch use 2 to 3 cookies sheets. They shrivel up a bit as they bake, but you don’t want them overlapping or they will be limp when done and not crispy.
These are much better if you eat them all the same day. I have not yet found a way to store them homemade baked kale chips.
How to Make this Kale Chips Recipe
- 1 batch of kale
- A Tablespoon of olive oil
- Dash of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground pepper
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Wash batch of kale and thoroughly dry. Pat with paper towel.
- Remove stems from kale
- Rip kale into bite sized pieces.
- In a large bowl combine kale, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly with hands of necessary to be sure all kale is coated with olive oil.
- Spread out on cookie sheets.
- Bake for ten minutes, flip the kale at the halfway mark to be sure it's not stuck to the cookie sheet.
- Serve and ENJOY!
A Good Source of Minerals
These Kale Chips are a wonderful source of minerals and protein as well as potassium. Iron, potassium and vitamin A are all high in kale chips. Kale has a decent amount of fibre in it too. If you buy prepackaged you will not have as much luck with fats and sodium content, so be warned. I like homemade and baked kale chips the best for these reasons. They are simply healthier!
Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you make these! I’d love to know how you like them or how you made them your own.