It seems kale is everywhere these days. Kale salads, kale smoothies, kale pesto, and today… kale chips!
If you are not on the kale train quite yet, kale chips are the place to start. They are crunchy and salty like potato chips, but oh-so-much healthier.
You can really make kale chips with any toppings you would like, but I chose my favorite classic: olive oil & sea salt. Olive oil and sea salt are a magical combination like peanut butter and jelly. Ice cream and sprinkles. Cheese and anything. (Have I mentioned I love cheese?)
The beauty of kale chips is their simplicity. This is all you need:
Olive oil, sea salt, and kale. You probably already have olive oil and sea salt in your pantry, so all you will need to purchase is kale. I bought my kale at my local farmer’s market for a whopping $1. You can purchase any variety of kale you would like, but generally the flatter the leaf of the kale, the crispier the kale chips will be. Also, the darker green the leaf is, the more nutrient rich it is.
- 1 head of kale
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Sprinkling of sea salt
Nutrition info (for entire batch):
- Calories: 272
- Carbs: 6 g.
- Fat: 28 g. (olive oil is rich in healthy fats)
- Protein: 3 g.
- Sodium: 6,746 mg. (if you use 1 tbsp of sea salt)
- Sugar: 2 g.
-Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
-If you have not washed your kale yet, wash and dry it thoroughly – you do not want soggy kale chips!
-Break kale leaves into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl.
-Drizzle 2 tbsp. of olive oil on top of leaves and mix around with your hands so that all leaves are evenly coated.
-Spread leaves out on a baking sheet- I ended up using two.
-Sprinkle sea salt over chips.
Here is a photo for reference of the size of my kale chips and how closely you can place them on a baking sheet.
-Bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy. Your leaves should be much darker in color when they have finished cooking.
Kale chips are enjoyable on their own or as a healthy side. I also use them to top kale salads (they add a fun crunch) and veggie burgers!