Spicy & Crispy Baked Kale Chips
We all know that kale is super healthy, but I always found it a bit bland and uninteresting. Until I have tried to bake it that is. I’ve experimented quite a lot with different flavours and found this particular one to be the best for my taste, as it is both spicy and cheesy. Speaking of cheesy – this recipe is vegan, with the cheese flavor coming from nutritional yeast flakes, that can be bought at any health food store or online.
Make sure that you wash, drain and pat dry kale properly. The leaves can be damp, but not wet, otherwise it will steam in the oven and will be less crispy. It is also a good idea to remove any tough stalks , because they take much longer to cook through and don’t get crispy. So cut the tough stem off.
If you don’t like it too spicy, add 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper, or skip it altogether. Also, this is one of rare cases when it is OK to use extra virgin olive oil for cooking, because oven temperature should not be higher than 120C.
Probably the healthiest crispy thing you'll ever eat. Delicious too!
- 400 g curly kale leaves
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 2 tbsp olive oil. Approximately. I just drizzle it over.
- a sprinkle of sea salt or Herbamare
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 120C and line the shallow baking tray with baking paper (that last part is optional, kale won't stick)
Wash the kale and remove the tough stems. Pat dry the leaves and place them on the prepared tray.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it with kale thoroughly, massaging greens to evenly distribute the spice mixture and oil.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until it is dry and crispy at the edges. Make sure it doesn't burn or brown too much. It should be crispy and dry, but still green.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly. Serve as a side dish or a healthy snack.
Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, but it will not be as crispy after a while. I find it better to use leftovers for breakfast with eggs or to add them to any Asian noodle dish.