Kale chips are delicious. Nobody debates that. But they are indeed, pricey if you want to buy them at the grocery store. Kale, however, is relatively inexpensive, and kale chips are easy to make at home on your own, once you know how, whether you need them to be a fully raw vegan snack or just want to get more greens in your diet (and who doesn't?).
Here's how to make raw vegan kale chips either in the oven or in the dehydrator. These crispy little bites of raw kale nutrition are a big hit with young kids. We serve them frequently at our house and there never seems to be enough. The kale will shrink quite a bit, so make more than you think you need. If your oven can be set on a warming temperature, around 100 F, then you can also make raw kale chips in the oven. Otherwise, you'll need a dehydrator for this recipe.
- 1 large bunch curly leaf kale
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- Tear small pieces of kale off of the stems and lay them out on mesh dehydrator sheets (or baking trays if you are using an oven). Sprinkle raw kale with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and place in the dehydrator.
- For the first hour, dehydrate at 145 F, then turn the trays around and lower the temperature to 115 F.
- Check them in another hour and either remove or keep dehydrating to your desired crispiness.
- Place dehydrated kale chips in a bowl and sprinkle with the oil, nutritional yeast and remaining sea salt to taste. Gently toss the kale (a sensitive operation but you'll get used to it) and serve your raw vegan kale chips immediately!
- You can stop dehydrating your kale when they are at your desired crispiness. Around our house we let it go until they make a loud crunching sound in your mouth, that seems to be how you get children to gobble them up.
Enjoy your healthy raw vegan kale chips! They're delicious!
See also: Raw food recipes to help you get more greens