Got Kale? Make Kale Chips



I harvested the first of the fall kale this week, some lovely dark bluish green Lacinato. And harvesting a big tub of kale always gets me thinking about one of my favorite healthy treats: kale chips. If you’re looking for a way to get more superfoods like kale into your family’s diet, kale chips are a good place to start.

bowl of Lacinato kale (click on any image to enlarge)

The folks at Happy Acres (that would be my wife and me) really love their kale chips. Any type of kale will work for this recipe – red or green, curly or flat, though larger leaves will be a bit easier to work with.

kale pieces ready for the oven

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Adapted from various sources

6 oz kale, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
salt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Rinse and drain the leaves, then remove the stems and any tough center ribs (I lay the leaves flat on a cutting board and remove the stem and rib with a couple of knife cuts run lengthways along the leaf).

2. Next, cut the leaves into large pieces (2-3″), and toss them with the olive oil in a large bowl until the pieces are all coated with oil. Sprinkle with salt if desired (we usually leave ours unsalted).

3. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup. Arrange the kale pieces in a single layer on the baking sheet.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp, then let baking sheet cool on a rack before removing chips.

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 43 calories, 31 calories from fat, 3.6g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 110.4mg sodium, 100mg potassium, 2.6g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, <1g sugar, <1g protein, 32mg calcium, <1g saturated fat.

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4 Responses to Got Kale? Make Kale Chips

  1. Mimzy says:

    I make kale chips too and they are a nice little snack! I’m glad more people are catching onto this snack.

  2. Again, yum! I have been meaning to make a batch of kale chips … this will really motivate me. I have made some flaxmeal tortilla chips before and they were absolutely delicious. I think I will have to set aside Sundays for chip/cracker making. That crunchy stuff is hard to give up – but with kale chips you don’t have to! Thank you.

  3. Jody says:

    Looks delicious. We tried them for the first time last spring. Boy aren’t they rich!

  4. 1st Man says:

    I just discovered your blog. Your acreage is what I hope ours “grows up” to be in a year or so. At least that what I tell myself on our blog, lol. I am very inspired by your gardening. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be visiting often!!

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