Sometimes a girl’s just gotta snack, ya know?
Before I changed my diet to include organic, whole foods, I was a sucker for prepackaged snacks. My favorite snacks included: pop tarts, individual packages of flavored rice cakes or Doritos, and orange-colored “cheese” crackers.
When I stopped eating processed foods, I was on a mission to find healthy, replacement snacks. And find I did. Some of my favorite snacks have become: fruit, raw nuts, almond butter on toast, stove-popped popcorn, carrot and celery sticks, humus, homemade granola trail mix…
You get the picture. The list goes on and on. There’s an endless amount of healthy snacks that are full of nutrients that can fuel your body in-between meals.
This past year I curiously picked up a bunch of kale from my local health food store when they were out of spinach. I used the kale in my morning green smoothie, and boy was it delicious! My smoothie was vibrant green and I could almost feel an immediate burst of energy after drinking it. Soon after that first try at kale, I started coming across recipes for kale chips on several different blogs. The idea of a green vegetable baked into a crispy chip immediately caught my attention. The fact that the blogger compared the kale chips to Doritos or Cheez-It’s really caught my attention! I knew I had to give these chips a try, and I am so glad I did.
My kale chip snack immediately became my kale chip dinner. They were just that good!
Below is the recipe I used from averie cooks. If you don’t have some of the unique ingredients on hand, follow the first two steps, but instead of creating a sauce, mix a few tablespoons of olive oil into your kale pieces and sprinkle them with salt. Follow the same baking instructions.
- 1 large bunch, or 2 smaller bunches of kale (I used a mix of curly and dinosaur)
- 1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 cup Hemp Seeds (can sub with cashews or more sunflower seeds)
- 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
- 1/2 Red Pepper
- 3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
- 1/8 Tsp. Cayenne
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and lightly grease.
- Wash kale and remove the stems from the center of each leaf. Cut the leaves into 2 inch pieces and place the pieces into a large bowl.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth.
- Pour mixture over the kale chips and use your hands to toss until well incorporated.
- Place the kale chips on the baking sheets, making sure there is space between the chips.
- Bake the chips for 20 minutes. Flip the chips and bake for another 10 minutes.
TIP: At this point, I usually check the chips individually to see which ones are done. They should be crispy when finished. I remove the chips that are done and continue baking the remaining chips for 5 minute increments. Some of the chips that are covered heavily with sauce take a little longer to bake.