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

White serving bowl filled with crispy kale chips on a wooden surface.

Tis The Season

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 of 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 them.

Ingredients for kale chips in a white bowl.

Best Baked Kale Chips

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 farmer’s market. The chips sitting out for samples were really crisp, and coated in something spicy.

At first taste… bells, whistles, fireworks.

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

Nut butter mixture in a white bowl with a spoon next to fresh kale.

Crispy Kale Chips Secret Ingredients

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.

Then lay them out flat and bake.

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

Pieces of kale on a sheet pan with hand drizzling the nut butter mixture on top.

Baked Kale Chips Ingredients

  • Bunch of Kale – Fresh fluffy bunches. You can use any variety of kale.
  • Almond butter – Or your favorite natural nut butter.
  • Olive oil – To make the chips crisp. (Some people like to use coconut oil)
  • Ground cumin – For smooth smoky flavor.
  • Chili powder – Or substitute curry powder, we make them both ways!
  • Garlic powder – For zesty kick!
  • Cayenne pepper – For a little extra heat. (Or paprika for low spice!)
  • Salt – Because you always need a little salt. (Table salt or sea salt)

How To Make Kale Chips


  1. Preheat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Trim the kale. Wash the kale and dry it thoroughly with paper towels or a salad spinner. Pull the leaves off the center ribs/stems in large pieces, and pile them on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix the spice coating. In a small bowl mix the nut butter, oil, spices, and salt. Pour/sprinkle over the kale. Use your hands to massage the kale leaves until each one is evenly coated with the spice mixture.
  4. Bake. Lay the kale leaves out flat on large baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 10-11 minutes until crisp, but still green. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving.

Get The Full (Printable) Kale Chips Recipe Below! Enjoy!

Kale chips on a sheet pan before being roasted.

Kale Chips In The Oven

I was thinking these baked curly veggie 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*

Plus, they are green and crinkly, so they’ll fit right into your spooky menu.

Kale chips on a sheet pan after being roasted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Different Spices In This Kale Chips Recipe?

Absolutely. This is our favorite combination. Yet feel free to make the most of your spice rack and mix things up! 

Can I Skip The Nut Butter?

Yes. However, the nut butter provides a ton of flavor and texture. I wouldn’t skip it, unless there is a nut allergy involved.

Are Kale Chips Healthy?

Yes! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and vegan!

What If My Kale Chips Don’t Bake Evenly?

If you have cool spots in your oven, you can take the crispy chips off the baking sheet and continue baking the remaining chips a little longer.

How Long Do Kale Chips Last?

In my house… 2 days. However, if they are very crispy, you can store them in an airtight container in the pantry at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Homemade kale chips in a bowl with a few scattered around.

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Baked Kale Chips Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
How To Make Kale Chips: Bold and zesty Baked Kale Chips with a rich nutty essence.
Servings: 12



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Serving: 1serving, Calories: 38kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 107mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2200IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Healthy, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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