Kale Chips

My new favorite snack food for when I’m not actually that hungry but need to eat something to concentrate. Also for when I’m actually hungry.

I rarely eat kale under normal circumstances. I’m not a big fan of bitter greens. But baking kale into crisp, salty flakes tones down the bitterness to a subtle, delicious undertone. Combined with the crispiness and a touch of salt, this is perfect! They honestly taste so much better than “kale chips” sounds! They’re also cheaper and have a fuller, more complex flavor than the roasted seaweed I used to eat as focus-inducing snack food. Plus, who can argue with the extra vitamins?

Super easy to make:

fresh kale
olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Rinse and dry the kale.
  3. Tear or cut the kale into pieces of whatever size your heart desires.
  4. Toss kale pieces in olive oil until lightly covered. Add more olive oil if you’d like. Sprinkle and toss with salt.
  5. Arrange pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp.

Yield: Bowl(s) of snacking delight.


Rinsed, dried, and tossed with olive oil and salt.

Ready to go in the oven.

These pieces may look big now…


…all shrunk and crispy!

Big bowl of snacking happiness!

These go great with crackers and cheese:

Sharp cheddar, whole wheat crackers, and crisp salty kale make for a great combination.

But possibly even better as a stand-alone snack.

So crispy!
Surprisingly fun to photograph, too.



4 thoughts on “Kale Chips

  1. I am drooling now. Also, I can never get mine as nicely roasted/dried as yours, because I am greedy and sort of dump the entire bowl of prepared kale onto a sheet and do not arrange it in a thin layer…and then the tops burn and the middle bits don’t dry out all the way… and I eat it anyway. XD;;

    Ack, now I want kale chips so badly!

    • Haha, yeah, arranging them in a single layer is what does it for getting them uniformly crisp. Still healthy any way though! I am going to be making a lot of these for the foreseeable future because Kirby loves kale (especially the frilly edges–he actually eats the frilly edges first and won’t eat the rest until there are no more frilly edges left), but it would take him something like a whole year to finish a whole bunch of kale.

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