Kale Chips

Over the winter holidays, our excellent friends Blue and Bei were in town. Catching up one afternoon, Blue brought over a batch of Buddhist-made kale chips, which we proceeded to inhale.

(our homemade version)

They don’t sound like they would be as awesome as they are–they’re crispy, salty, and sort of cheesy-tasting–like a perfect popcorn, with just a little more substance. Of course they have the added benefit of being awesome for you. This is an especially awesome snack for folks on a raw diet, is it scratches the potato chip/popcorn/french fry itch.

We’re currently in the lovely city of Austin visting Bei and Blue, and got it in our heads last night to make a batch of our own kale chips. I think they turned out just as good–if not better than–the Buddhists’.

Kale Chips

  • 2 large bunches of kale (Siberian/curly–not dinosaur/lacinato), stemmed and chopped coarsely or torn by hand
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • nutritional yeast
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

In a large bowl (or two, or three), douse the kale lightly with soy sauce and sesame oil (at a ration of about 2:1), coating well and massaging the liquids into the leaves. Sprinkle generously with nu yeast.

Fill a food dehydrator layer by layer with the kale, sprinkling lightly with cayenne, if you’re using it. Dehydrate at 120 degrees for about three and a half hours,until kale is dry and crispy. Fire up a movie and enjoy the mad power of raw health goodness in the guise of a delicious snack!


#1 Vincent on 03.04.11 at 2:22 pm

This is convincing me that I need to buy a dehydrator asap! Do you recommend a preferred brand or model?

#2 Adrienne on 03.07.11 at 11:13 am

I want to try these! They sound awesome! I googled some baked kale chip recipes… since I don’t have a dehydrator.

#3 mark on 03.15.11 at 11:57 am

Hey Vincent, we made these to pretty great effect with what I’m pretty sure was an older Nesco (you should be able to find a new model at a few local retailers for about $60). Our friend Blue also got the same model from his mom, so we had 10 trays instead of 5–but you can buy more trays in sets of 2.

I can’t say that I recommend this one way or another–I’ve only dehydrated once (well, we did make two batches…) and it worked fine. It doesn’t have a timer, which I could see being annoying.

Additionally, because the trays create the vertical space, you can’t dehydrate anything really large. Some raw foods recipes call for dehydrating components of meals optionally–like, say, a stuffed pepper, which this wouldn’t be able to do.

From my limited research, the Excalibur 3000 series seems like the nicest–but they’re a lot pricier and apparently quite large (if you get the 9 tray version).

We just picked up a Nesco, so check in for updates on how we like it.

Adrienne–we’re probably going to make some this week! If/when we do, we’ll hook you up with a sample.


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