Zesty Baked Kale Chips

Bold and zesty Baked Kale Chips with a rich nutty essence. This Kale Chips Recipe will make you want to kick the potato chips to the curb!

Baked Kale Chips Recipe #kale #healthy #fall #vegan #paleo

In a season of bountiful desserts and rich heavy dishes, it’s nice to have a few to-go snacks that will keep your diet in check.

Remember when kale chips were all over the internet a couple years ago?

It seemed like everyone was making them. Even people that generally don’t cook.

Well, I wasn’t making them… Because at that time, I didn’t like baked kale chips.

Zesty Baked Kale Chips Recipe #kale #healthy #fall #vegan #paleo

I preferred a nice shaved kale salad or a green smoothie. But to me, kale chips recipes seemed bland and boring.

Then one day I saw them at a farmers market. The chips sitting out for samples were really crisp, and coated in something spicy.

At first taste… bells, whistles, fireworks.

This was a kale chips recipe I could see myself making on a regular basis. These were baked kale chips I would choose over potato chips!

How to Make Baked Kale Chips Recipe #kale #healthy #fall #vegan #paleo

So I went home and baked kale chips four thousand six hundred and seventy two times, approximately, until I figured out the perfect coating.

The secret is mixing nut butter with the spices to create a rich coating that sits on top of the kale chips as they dry.

Then the second secret is to massage the kale chips, tenderly.

A glass of wine, a little Barry White… just kidding.

The massaging ensures the kale leaves are evenly coated.

Making - Baked Kale Chips Recipe #kale #healthy #fall #vegan #paleo

Then lay them out flat and bake.

Zippy kale perfection that rivals any chip, in my opinion!

Easy Baked Kale Chips Recipe #kale #healthy #fall #vegan #paleo

See how creepy they look in the black bowl?

I was thinking these kale chips would make a great addition to your Halloween table this year.

It’s nice to serve something healthy along with the bushel of candy you’re kids (meaning YOU) will be eating. *wink*


Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Baked Kale Chips Recipe


  • 2 bunches kale
  • 2 heaping tablespoon almond butter (or any savory nut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or substitute curry powder, we make them both ways)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wash the kale and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Pull the leaves off the center ribs in large pieces, and pile on a baking sheet. Discard the ribs.
  2. In a small bowl mix the nut butter, oil, spices, and salt. Pour over the kale. Use your hands to massage the kale leaves until each one is evenly coated with the spice mixture. You don't want any of the leaves to be drenched in the mixture, so take your time doing this. The more evenly the kale leaves are coated, the better they will bake.
  3. Lay the kale leaves out flat on 3-4 full sized baking sheets (work in batches if necessary.) Do not overlap. Bake for 10-11 minutes until crisp, but still green. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving. If some kale chips are still a little flimsy or damp, remove the crisp chips and place the damp chips back in the oven for a few more minutes. Store in an air-tight container.

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85 Responses to “Zesty Baked Kale Chips”

  1. #
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt — October 25, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    These look awesome! I’ve wanted to try a good kale chip and these will be it! The nut butter is a very interesting addition.


  2. #
    Betty Lynne — October 25, 2013 @ 6:22 am

    Feel the same way about kale chips. Most ones I’ve tried are blah. This looks great though and will give it a whirl, and a massage, this weekend!


  3. #
    Tieghan — October 25, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    These look perfect, Sommer! I love a good crunchy kale chip, but the zestiness to these really excites me! They look and sound awesome!


  4. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — October 25, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    What a healthy option – I love it!


  5. #
    Aimee — October 25, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    I have kale in my fridge right now and can’t wait to try your version!


  6. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — October 25, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Oh, I love kale chips! I just typically use sea salt, but I’m definitely trying this zesty version.


  7. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 25, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    I have completely not been on the make-your-own-kale-chips wagon. These look awesome, love the “zesty”!


  8. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — October 25, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Bring on Barry White and glass of champs. I’m a kale chip fan, glad you joined the club.


  9. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — October 25, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    You know I still have not tried making kale chips! I just saw some in the store this morning and a teeny tiny bag was $8!!! I so need to make some at home!


  10. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 25, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    i love kale chips! they’re so healthy and i love your unique zesty version!


  11. #
    Gaby — October 25, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    I need some of these after all the crazy halloween treats!


  12. #
    Heather Christo — October 25, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    I love kale chips so much and the spice on these is perfect!


  13. #
    ATasteOfMadness — October 25, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    I have meaning to make kale chips for so long. These look fantastic!


  14. #
    nicole — October 25, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    Try mixing a little olive oil with sarracha hot sauce. They’re amazing!


  15. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 25, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    I love all the flavor in these!


  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 26, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I haven’t tried kale chips yet but these look seriously addictive!


  17. #
    marla — October 27, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    Awesome looking kale chips!


  18. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 27, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I’m always whipping up lighter fare as we get into the colder months. It’s great to balance out stews with salads and to have healthy treats, like these wonderful kale chips, around to crave a snack attack.


  19. #
    Jeanette — October 28, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    I love kale chips – haven’t made them in a while, but I’m going to give your recipe a try!


  20. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 28, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    I’ve yet to try kale chips. I need to do it!


  21. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — October 29, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    I am totally with you on kale chips. Unless they’re flavored, I am pretty meh about them. These sound delicious though!


  22. #
    Aggie — October 30, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    What a great topping, I’ve never done anything but bake them up with salt and pepper. This sounds delicious.


  23. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 30, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    I love kale chips and am always looking for new recipes to make with our harvest (so much to pick right now!). Love that your recipe calls for almond butter, can’t wait to try!


  24. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — October 30, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Why have I never made kale chips before? Yum!


  25. #
    Marly — October 31, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    You know this is right up my alley! Love it! I also love that last photo – so nice!


  26. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 2, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    Yum!! Kale chips are one of my favorite snacks :) I’ll be trying out this version next time!


  27. #
    Susan — November 9, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love flavor and this is full of it! Loved the glass of wine and Barry White comment! LOL! Thanks for sharing.


  28. #
    Paige Flanagan — November 10, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    These are amazing. Just finished my second batch!


  29. #
    Stephanie — November 11, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    These are excellent! Thank you!


  30. #
    Emma — December 15, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    I made some of these today and they were fantastic. Be forewarned-you don’t need to eat a lot, a little goes a long way as a snack.


  31. #
    Lianimals — January 16, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    Just a tip I thought might interest others: I just bought a bag of Trader joes kale chips and they had one of those little silica “do not eat” pouches in the bag to keep the contents crispy. I thought this might be a useful tip for home made chips as well. I generally keep those little packets just for this reason – they are handy for dropping into all kinds of stuff if you want the contents to remain dry.


  32. #
    Jan — January 17, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    I haven’t tried your version of kale chips yet but I will. I wanted to try the recipe with the olive oil and salt but it added to much salt to my diet so I did the olive oil but instead sprinkled cinnamon sugar on them instead of salt and they tasted pretty good. I used stevia in place of sugar.


  33. #
    Dianne — January 19, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    Does anyone know how many carbs are in a serving of these? I need nutritional information if anyone knows. A million thanks.


  34. #
    Catherine — January 20, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    Just made these- thank you! Have failed with so many other kale chip recipes. This is just perfect. I even used apple butter instead of nut butter bc it’s all I had.


  35. #
    Azu — January 24, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    I made this kale chips with some changes and I loved them! Thank you for sharing


  36. #
    BlessedMar — January 25, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    Can anyone tell me? How long can kale chips be stored?


    • Sommer — January 26th, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

      If they are nice and dry you can keep them in the pantry for a couple weeks.


      • BlessedMar — January 28th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

        Massaging does the trick! They are soooo wonderful. My husband said, “These are really good”. I will definitely be making these more often. They are a little labor intensive but the outcome is worth it. Thanks for sharing!

  37. #
    May — January 28, 2014 @ 12:21 am

    I jumped on the kale chips band wagon kinda late I guess. But your recipe is the first batch I’m making and it’s AMAZING! Thanks!!


  38. #
    Sheila — February 4, 2014 @ 1:24 am

    Why do my chips always go soggy when I put them in a container after I’ve baked them:(?


    • Sommer — February 4th, 2014 @ 6:57 am

      Hi Sheila, if that’s happening I’d keep them in the oven a little longer. …Or remove any that are well baked and then put those that are still a little damp back in the oven.


  39. #
    Charmayne — February 20, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    These are delist, but I added some apple cider vinegar to the mix. I felt like it needed some acid for more tang. The 4 batches I made are almost gone. Thanks


  40. #
    Brianne — February 28, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    WOW!! What a recipe! These are unbelievably delicious and when I had finished covering the kale… I used celery to get ever last drop of the sauce! YUM! Thank you!


  41. #
    Pam — April 3, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Tried them last night and it was amazing! Thank you for the recipe. Something that made it really easy was buying the bags of kale alread cut and washed. Just watch out for those pesky stems.


  42. #
    Sadie Frericks — April 22, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    I never thought I’d find myself massaging kale. And I never thought I’d find myself addicted to a kale recipe. But I did. And I am. I made these chips for the third time last week and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy this recipe. I make the chili powder version with a little less salt and a little chipotle chile pepper thrown in for fun. Even my sisters asked for the recipe after trying them. Thanks, Sommer!


    • Sommer — April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

      Hey Sadie! So glad you like them, thanks for coming back to tell me. :)


  43. #
    Josh — May 3, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    I have tried and failed making Kale chips in the past and stumbled onto this recipe.

    It worked magnificently and they taste AMAZING!! Even my kids love them. Thanks for the great recipe!!


  44. #
    Tina — May 4, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    Delicious! I’ve tried several versions of kale chips, and this one is up there with my favorites!


  45. #
    Deeder — May 5, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    Made these this weekend for the first time… oh wow.. now that’s awesome kale chips. My man even loved them. Headed to the store to buy more kale, found it on sale 3 bundles for $5. The almond butter is where the cost is at $9 for 12oz. Note though, I tried grinding almonds to a paste for the first batch since I didn’t have the butter on hand. It was still great tasting but much much harder to massage onto the leaves. That batch my man was convinced I put bacon bits on them…lol
    Thank you so very much for pleasing my taste buds while slimming my waist line. :)


    • Deeder — May 13th, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

      Tip For Storing: I’ve made a ton of these and found that using the technique I figured out on my water logged store bought lettuce and fresh (water logged) kale (and ginger) works to save the day again. The secret being Paper Towels. Water/moisture is crunchy biggest enemy so I’ll take a couple paper towels and line a ziplock bag or line a bowl with them. Any moisture that would normally end up on the leaves leaving them mushy is collected in the towel. Seeing of course you’ve dried them out all the way in the oven like the recipe calls for. This might differ in the winter when humidity is down.
      For fresh lettuce and kale that your grocery store has drowned for you. After getting it home and shaking it out again I wrap mine in the paper towels. If the bag is to wet I’ll turn it inside out. When you get it out to use it if your paper towel is full replace it. It’s been like night an day how long my lettuce and kale will last now. Thank you again for the awesome recipe.


  46. #
    Kimberly — May 7, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    these are in the oven :> YUM


  47. #
    Deb — May 9, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    I have tried 5 other recipes for kale chips none of them came close to the deliciousness of your recipe. We could not stop eating them last night and HAD to buy more kale today. Thanks for the great recipe!


  48. #
    Astha — June 8, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    I just tried this recipe and I loved it!!!!! It is not easy for me to eat kale and we ate our batch in a second. Thank you!


  49. #
    Ellen — September 23, 2014 @ 2:41 am

    Great recipe! I found that lowering the temperature to 140C (280 F) and baking for a little longer gives a much nicer taste as there is no burning. Also try adding a little lemon zest and juice to the dressing. It really amps up the flavour!


  50. #
    Ellen Sheldon — March 4, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

    I found out 2 months ago that I have adult onset allergies to all nuts and corn. Can your recipe omit the nut butter? Or do you have another alternative? Your kale chips look amazing!


    • Sommer — March 5th, 2015 @ 7:54 am

      Hi Ellen! They are amazing, but the nut butter is part of the reason. Can you have sunflower seed butter? That would probably work.



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