Kale Chips
A Healthy Snack Recipe

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Kale chips are raw, vegan, healthy and delicious. They are a great, healthy alternative to potato chips. Build up your repertoire with many healthy snack recipes and it will be much easier to stay away from all of those unhealthy packaged snacks.

Kale Chips - setup

Kale is abundant in nutrients such as calcium, vitamin K and vitamin C and has many cancer fighting properties.

There are many varieties of kale and I encourage you to experiment with them all. When making kale chips, my favourite tends to by curly kale.

Basically, kale chips are made by simply dehydrating bite size pieces of kale until they are crispy. Before dehydrating you can coat the chips to give them a specific flavour.

The ideas for coatings are endless, be inspired by this page or by others' recipes and play around to come up with your own ideas.

Also try dehydrating kale pieces with no coating at all! This allows you to have a crispy snack that highlights the flavour of the kale itself.

When making kale chips, always use organic fresh ingredients, scroll down to see more information on some of the things used in the following recipes)

Nacho 'Cheese' Kale Chips (completely non-dairy, raw and vegan)

  • Love (all recipes taste better if they are made with love)
  • 1 head curly kale
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked for at least 15 minutes
  • 1 bell pepper
  • sea salt to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste

Break kale away from the stem into pieces, wash and set aside.

Wash and cut bell pepper into big chunks.

In blender (I use a Vitamix Blender) combine bell pepper and macadamia nuts with a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper. Blend well and taste. Adjust sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste. You may need to add a tiny bit of water if the sauce is too thick.

Recipe note: This kale chip coating is the same recipe used to make 'cheese dip, wafers and crackers and can also be used in stuffed mushrooms

As with all raw food recipes, it is important to taste and adjust. Because you are using fresh organic ingredients your recipes may come out slightly different at different times depending on the changing sweetness of your ingredients. With this recipe for kale chips, bell peppers can vary in colour and slightly in taste depending on where they are grown and the time of year.

Coat each piece of kale with the sauce and place on dehydrator trays (I use an Excalibur Dehydrator). Dehydrate until crispy (about 4-5 hours).

If you don't have a dehydrator you can try putting your oven on its lowest setting, keep the door slightly ajar and place the kale on a cookie sheet. I did this before I got a dehydrator but it is much more time consuming and the chips won't be as tasty as many of the taste giving nutrients are destroyed by the higher heat.

Kale Chips Ingredients
Kale Chips and Cheese Crackers

Salty Kale Chips

  • Love (all recipes taste better if they are made with love)
  • 1 head curly kale
  • 1.5 tbsp toasted sesame oil (you can also use non-toasted sesame oil, olive oil or coconut oil - each will give your chip a slightly different flavour)
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Wash and break kale away from the stem into bite size pieces. Place kale in a large bowl and mix in oil and salt. Once kale is coated, dehydrate until crispy.

This recipe makes a nice salty and crunchy chip that is also full of nutrition ... a great alternative to packaged potato chips that contain many unhealthy ingredients.


Macadamia Nuts are a rich creamy nut that is a great source of protein, calcium and potassium. You can find raw organic macadamia nuts in many healthy grocery stores.

Sea Salt is a much healthier option to iodized table salt. Sea salt is rich in minerals and the best ones to buy are the ones that are grey or pink. It can be purchased at most grocery stores.

Cayenne Pepper is a hot chili pepper that has been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years. It is beneficial in increasing circulation and in synergistically increasing the absorbability of other nutrients. Cayenne pepper is available at most grocery stores.

Vitamix Blender is a very powerful high speed blender that is fantastic for making healthy raw food recipes.

Excalibur Dehydrator with teflex sheets (needed for foods that start out as a thick liquid) is one of the best dehydrators out there. It allows you to dehydrate foods at a low temperature thereby keeping all enzymes and nutrients intact. To learn more about and/or to purchase the Excalibur Dehydrator, click here.

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