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*

Baked Kale Chips Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (26 Reviews)
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  • 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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112 comments on “Zesty Baked Kale Chips

  1. Courtneyposted April 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm Reply

    What can we substitute for the cumin and curry, I don’t have either

    • Sommer Collierposted April 22, 2019 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Hi Courtney,

      Honestly, you can add any spice combination you like. Garlic and thyme is a good combination.

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  3. Toni Battleposted February 9, 2019 at 11:51 am Reply

    Amazing!!!! Thank you!!! I have always found kale chips disappointing, too. However, these have so much flavor & are very satisfying…a great go to nutritious snack!!!! 

    Rating: 5
  4. Fionaposted January 30, 2019 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Tasty! I baked them for 8min, though. In my oven the first batch was a little burnt with 10min. I might add a little more sauce next time so each chip gets a little more coating. Some got a little more than others and the ones with more were much tastier.

    Rating: 5
  5. Reganposted January 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm Reply

    These are unbelievably good. Crispy & flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth wonderful.

    Rating: 5
  6. Connieposted January 10, 2019 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Delicious!! I followed the recipe as written using peanut butter instead of almond butter. I can’t stop eating them.

    Rating: 5
  7. Natalie Wallaceposted December 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply

    I subbed peanut butter and used red pepper, crushed garlic, parmesan, and lemon juice- was still delicious! The nut butter really helps coat the chips. Thank you for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
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  9. Edposted November 7, 2018 at 9:52 am Reply

    Hi from Colorado, Sommer. We’re getting early snow and cold here. Ski areas are opening early. Last night, before the big chill, I harvested a sink full of three varieties of kale. I do like spicy and sharing a warm glow, so I am looking forward to trying your recipes today, with both chili power and also with curry power. I have some lovely turmeric from India and that might also be nice with cumin. My only hesitation, which might just be a matter of personal taste (wink) is that I think Marvin Gaye sounds more to my liking than Barry White. Looking forward to filling the kitchen with spiciness and great music. I can hardly wait to heat things up! “Let’s get it on!”

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  11. Katherineposted October 20, 2018 at 5:46 am Reply

    Hi Sommer,

    This is a fantastic Kale Chips recipe. I would love to feature this in our website, Green Thickies in the post 10 Most Healthy Kale Chips Recipes.

    I won’t be sharing the entire recipe, but only one image from here and a small quote. And all credits will be given to you and links back to this page.
    Hope that’s okay with you.

    Thanks a lot

    Rating: 5
    • Sommer Collierposted October 22, 2018 at 9:11 am Reply

      Hi Katherine,

      Yes, you have my permission to share a recipe photo and link. Thanks for asking!

  12. GKposted August 25, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply

    Best spicy kale chips ever. I substituted crushed red pepper for the cayenne pepper, I was out, and it was still amazing!.

    Rating: 5
  13. Patricia Rideauposted August 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Can you use peanut butter instead of almond butter for this recipe?

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  15. Shadposted June 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I really like youjr writing style, wonderful information, regards
    for poszting :D.

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  17. Eliseposted February 4, 2018 at 1:39 am Reply

    Sooo, good. Great kale recipe! Thank you.

    Rating: 5
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  20. plasterer bristolposted June 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Such a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.


    Rating: 5
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  27. Ellen Sheldonposted March 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted March 5, 2015 at 7:54 am Reply

      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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  33. Ellenposted September 23, 2014 at 2:41 am Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
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  36. Asthaposted June 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
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  44. Debposted May 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
  45. Kimberlyposted May 7, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

    these are in the oven :> YUM

    Rating: 5
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  47. Deederposted May 5, 2014 at 11:48 am Reply

    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. :)

    Rating: 5
    • Deederposted May 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply

      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.

  48. Tinaposted May 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  49. Joshposted May 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm Reply

    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!!

    Rating: 5
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  51. Sadie Frericksposted April 22, 2014 at 11:03 am Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted April 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

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

  52. Pamposted April 3, 2014 at 10:17 am Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
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  54. Brianneposted February 28, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
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  58. Charmayneposted February 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm Reply

    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

    Rating: 4.5
  59. Sheilaposted February 4, 2014 at 1:24 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted February 4, 2014 at 6:57 am Reply

      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.

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  62. Mayposted January 28, 2014 at 12:21 am Reply

    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!!

    Rating: 5
  63. BlessedMarposted January 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm Reply

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

    • Sommerposted January 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm Reply

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

      • BlessedMarposted January 28, 2014 at 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!

  64. Azuposted January 24, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  66. Catherineposted January 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
  67. Dianneposted January 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm Reply

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

  68. Janposted January 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm Reply

    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.

  69. Lianimalsposted January 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm Reply

    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.

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  73. Emmaposted December 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
  74. Stephanieposted November 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

    These are excellent! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  75. Paige Flanaganposted November 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply

    These are amazing. Just finished my second batch!

    Rating: 5
  76. Susanposted November 9, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    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.

  77. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 2, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply

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

  78. Marlyposted October 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm Reply

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

  79. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted October 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Why have I never made kale chips before? Yum!

  80. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted October 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply

    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!

  81. Aggieposted October 30, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

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

  82. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted October 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

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

  83. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted October 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

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

  84. Jeanetteposted October 28, 2013 at 6:10 am Reply

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

  85. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 27, 2013 at 7:06 am Reply

    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.

    • Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 27, 2013 at 7:06 am Reply

      Ugh… typing from my phone. “have a snack attack” Though, crave works I guess :-)

  86. marlaposted October 27, 2013 at 6:11 am Reply

    Awesome looking kale chips!

  87. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted October 26, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

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

  88. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted October 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm Reply

    I love all the flavor in these!

  89. nicoleposted October 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm Reply

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

  90. ATasteOfMadnessposted October 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm Reply

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

  91. Heather Christoposted October 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply

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

  92. Gabyposted October 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm Reply

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

  93. Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

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

  94. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 25, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    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!

  95. Heidi @foodiecrushposted October 25, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply

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

  96. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 25, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

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

  97. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted October 25, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

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

  98. Aimeeposted October 25, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

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

  99. Marian (Sweetopia)posted October 25, 2013 at 6:31 am Reply

    What a healthy option – I love it!

  100. Tieghanposted October 25, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

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

  101. Betty Lynneposted October 25, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

    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!

  102. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted October 25, 2013 at 4:24 am Reply

    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.