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Baked Kale Chips

How To Make 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!

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Kale Chips Recipe

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.

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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!

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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!

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Baked Kale Chips Ingredients

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Salt – Because, you always need a little salt.

How To Make Kale Chips

  1. Trim the kale. 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.
  2. Mix the spice coating. 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.
  3. Bake. Lay the kale leaves out flat on baking sheets. Bake for 10-11 minutes until crisp, but still green. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving.

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Kale Chips FAQ

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 for up to two weeks.

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Kale Chips In The Oven

I was thinking these baked 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*

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

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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

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches kale
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter heaping (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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

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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124 comments on “Baked Kale Chips”

  1. Delicious. Didn’t have almond butter, so I used 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp tahini. It came out very well. 

  2. These kale chips are amazing! I added more almond butter which had oil that was separated in top and didn’t add the olive oil. Sprayed chips with olive oil spray though. I ate half the chips! Oops! 😋

  3. We love making kale chips but adding the sauce to these takes these to the next level! So good!

  4. Um. These are amazing. I was a little skeptical for about 10 seconds and said, what’s the worst that can happen?!! The bag of kale that needs to be used gets wasted. Well, yeah. It was not wasted and I will certainly be making this again. 👏🏼

  5. I loved it! So easy to make too!!

  6. One of my favorite ways to eat kale! It seems like you’re getting away with something because it’s so crispy and flavorful, but they’re not bad for you! Yum!

  7. These were so good! My kids even loved them! 

  8. Absolutely brilliant! I never thought to add almond butter and it was so delicious!

  9. Delicious & Easy!!!! This is a great alternative to potatoe chips. Don’t turn up your nose yet, try it!!

  10. These were fantastic! Thank you for the great recipe!

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

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  14. 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!!!! 

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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!

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  20. 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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  22. 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

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

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

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

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  28. Sooo, good. Great kale recipe! Thank you.

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  31. Such a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

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  38. 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!

    • 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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  44. 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!

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  47. 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!

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  55. 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!

  56. these are in the oven :> YUM

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  58. 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. :)

    • 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.

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

  60. 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!!

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  62. 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!

  63. 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.

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  65. 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!

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  69. 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

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

    • 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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  73. 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!!

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

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

      • 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!

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

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  77. 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.

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

  79. 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.

  80. 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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  84. 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.

  85. These are excellent! Thank you!

  86. These are amazing. Just finished my second batch!

  87. 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.

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

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

  90. Why have I never made kale chips before? Yum!

  91. 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!

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

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

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

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

  96. 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.

  97. Awesome looking kale chips!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  104. 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!

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

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

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

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

  109. What a healthy option – I love it!

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

  111. 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!

  112. 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.