I thought of my friend Jani as made kale chips in my dehydrator last night. I laid them in the dehydrator and when I woke up this morning they were done! How fun.
My friend Jani makes them in her oven, but you can also make them in an air fryer.
You can season them with whatever seasoning you like. Cayenne pepper is a common flavor. I used a honey mustard seasoning I found at our local market.
I also used nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has a pleasant cheesy taste and is a great source of protein, B vitamins and trace minerals. It contains all 9 essential amino acids.
Preparing the kale
Take one bunch of kale and tear the leaves from the tough fiberous stalks. Tear them into bite sized peices. The stocks can be used for soup stock, I put mine in the compost pile.
Rinse the leaves, allow them to dry. Put them in a large bowl and spray them with olive oil, about a tablespoon. Sprinkled the seasoning and 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. Then mix them with your hands until evening covered.
You can also whisk the oil and seasonings in a small bowl and pour over the kale leaves and mix by hand.
If you use and oven or dehydrator space them apart on trays. Do not crowd them. In the oven you can use parchment paper.
In a regular oven, preheat to 325 degress Fahrenheit and bake the chips for 15 minutes until crisp but not starting to burn.
In an air fryer, bake at 400 degress Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, shaking halfway.
In a dehydrator, bake at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours.
Let the chips cool before transferring them to serving bowls or storing in paper bags.
If you have a vacuum sealer, once the chips are cooled you can vacuum seal them in plastic for long term storage. Otherwise, they will keep their crunch longer if stored in paper rather than plastic bags.
Do not refrigerate.
If your chips lose their crunch, re-crisp them by spreading them out on a baking sheet again and baking at 300 F/149 C for just 5 minutes. They will crisp up as they cool.
Even kale chips have calories! You will find that your homemade chips save both your calorie budget as well as your financial budget! I typically add .2 teaspoon of olive oil per serving and save the meal like that. The olive oil adds 8 calories and 2 grams of fat to this 50 gram serving.
If you make this, let me know what you think and of course if you have a fun recipe to share let us know in the forum. Everyone once in a while I'll publish it out here and I'll still have the Visa Card to give away for someone who posts recipes in the forum this month, which is quickly approaching.
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