Garlic Kale Chips
August 14, 2010
These garlic kale chips flavored with a rub of cashew cream cheese are mind-blowingly delicious, and are a healthy alternative to potato chips.
Garlic Kale Chips
These garlic kale chips flavored with a rub of cashew cream cheese are mind-blowingly delicious, and are a healthy alternative to potato chips for a snack.
- 1 bunch curly green kale
- 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked and drained
- 3 tablespoons filtered water, plus more as needed
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic (about 6 cloves)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large bunch curly green kale
- 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
Rip the kale leaves from their stalks, and discard the stalks. Wash the leaves and place them in a colander to drain thoroughly. Transfer to a large bowl.
Throw the cashews, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, fresh garlic, and salt into your high-speed blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add more water if needed to blend.
Transfer the cashew paste to the mixing bowl and with your hands, massage it into the kale leaves, until all leaves are evenly coated. Toss through the granulated garlic so that it is evenly distributed.
Place the leaves on mesh screens fitted with non-stick sheets, and place in your dehydrator at 115 degrees for about 8 hours until crisp.
Rip the kale leaves from their stalks, and discard the stalks. Wash the leaves and place them in a colander to drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt together until well combined.
Massage this mixture into the wet kale until the leaves are evenly coated.
Place the leaves on mesh screens fitted with non-stick sheets, and place in your dehydrator at 115 degrees for 4 to 6 hours until crisp.
Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak
These are incredible! The only problem is that you can’t stop eating them……
LOL! I know!
Tried the recipe with red cabbage & walnuts and… well, how come it’s all gone? Gotta make some more. Again. 🙂
Oh wow! Thanks for sharing that little magic pearl! I am going to try that for sure!
These are incredible! I brought these to a gathering of S.A.D. eaters and they ALL loved it! They were clamoring for the recipe and asked me how I made this. I explained where I got it. I sing your praises for this recipe. I suggest quadrupling the sauce recipe. I used the nut free version of the recipe. I LOVE THESE KALE CHIPS!!! I could have easily sat down and eaten an entire tray of these things. Thanks for sharing your kitchen expertise with us.
LOL! I am so pleased you and your “S.A.D” friends are all enjoying these chips. This is one of my favourite recipes. I LOVE quadrupling the sauce idea…you can’t have enough of that stuff 🙂
I love kale. I love it steamed, I imagine it would be good fried or with ice cream, but in this case, baked with stuff all over it – it is nothing short of brilliant.
I took a bite, moaning in food ecstasy, and hubby tentatively approaches and pops one in his mouth. “honey, don’t eat any more of those. They’re gross.” He says as he pushes me out of the way to stuff more in his mouth. This one is MADE of WIN!
LOL! That is HILARIOUS!
I have had a similar scenario in my house 🙂
How many degrees in the Dehydrator?
Hey Victoria! SORRY! I have just revised the instructions and noted down that you set the dehydrator at 115 degrees.
Looks fantastic, but what is “nutritional yeast”. I’m in Australia.
Hey Piggy Carol.
They are called “savoury yeast flakes” in Australia.
They are widely available at health food stores and some grocery stores in Australia.
Nutritional yeast replicates a slight cheesy flavour in vegan foods.
You can also use yellow mustard powder.
I agree, these kale chips are good.
Thanks Anna 🙂
Looks exciting! My kids would surely love to have this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Yes! These are fantastic for children minus a bit of the garlic. LOL!
Love, love, love the kale chips! This recipe kickstarted my love affair with kale. Since trying this recipe I’ve tried other versions but this cashew rub version is the best! I spice up my version with a few shakes of chili powder & cayenne and I’m in kale heaven! Thanks for a fantastic recipe!
LOL! My love affair with kale was also fanned with these chips! SO glad you loved them too.
LOVE the addition of chili powder and cayenne. Piggy Heaven indeed 🙂 Oink Oink!
OMG these are wonderful – first time i have tried making any kind of chip and this is addictive 😉
Even my sister liked them and asked for the recipe -now that´s first….
They are almost gone and made them yesterday. Will try the other variations also 😉
Healthy garlic kale breath from Denmark !!!
LOL! Rikke, that made me laugh so hard!
That is wonderful! I know! They are hard to keep around in the house for very long. I always make a double batch!
So glad you are enjoying them 🙂
Thanks for the lovely comments.
This is a fantastic recipe. So flavorful and satisfying. I loved massaging the kale. Very therapeutic.
LOL! Hilary, I feel EXACTLY the same way.
So glad you are enjoying making these.
They are SO yummy 🙂
FINALLY! A great kale chip recipe. They are delicious (but I’ll have to tone down the garlic if I want anyone to talk to me today. Ha!)
Yes, they are a bit that way aren’t they?!
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
I really appreciate all of your comments on FB too.
Try the sundried tomato kale chips too.
They are AH-MAZING!
I am so glad these turned you onto the wonders of kale! Try the pistachio kale smoothie now! That will have you grabbing for the kale every day!!! LOL!
I am so glad you found me too!
I LOVE the folks at Raw Super Life!
MIchele is AMAZING!
Thankyou SO much! I am honoured!
Glad you enjoyed them again 🙂
I am so flattered.
I really love this recipe too 🙂
WOW! Thankyou SO much! ENJOY!
Yes! They are SO much better than potato chips! But I wish they lasted longer! He He He!
I did that before I had a dehydrator too!
I will take these kale chips any way I can get them….and yes! This tastes amazing as a side salad too. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I am so glad you enjoyed them!
SO glad this was a fabulous introduction to kale!
After years of wanting one, I finally got my dehydrator.
I’m trying this recipe tonight!
I love your site!!
I am so thrilled for you that you got a dehydrator!!! You are going to LOVE it!
Can’t wait to hear what you think of these kale chips. I LOVE them 🙂
I made this a couple of weeks ago. so YUMMY!!
And so nice to NOT pay a small fortune for them. 🙂
I’m finally amassing all of the kitchen tools I need. I already had a water bath canner, but I didn’t realize how limiting that was, so I got a pressure canner. I also got a dehydrator, a yogurt maker and as I mentioned in a different comment, I’m finally getting my vitamix 🙂
WONDERFUL! So glad you enjoyed these!
I CANNOT get enough of these kale chips!
LOVE all of your kitchen gear!
You are totally stocked up and ready for ANYTHING now!
Enjoy that Vitamix! WOO HOO!
Oooooo! These look absolutely delicious and easy to make! Thanks!
These are SOOOO good. Super easy and DEELISH!
I introduced my daughter to these this Aug. She could not stop eating them. Then along came 6 yr. old grandson… he gobbled and gobbled them gone and asked for more!!! Neither of them had ever had kale! I convinced her to intoduce it in soups and smoothies. SO, SO, SO…… GOOD!!!!!!! Thanks for the recipes and all the grunts from all. Tracy
I LOVE hearing stories like this Tracy! I am SO pleased this recipe is a hit with everyone. Have you tried the alkaline tomato kale chip recipe without the spice? That one would be GREAT too! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I really appreciate it.
I think I could LIVE on these. You have inspired me yet again – this time to get a dehydrator so I can make these even more perfect than in my oven at “dehydrator” status. I’m now feeling like Forrest Gump, imagining the ways I can recreate kale chips in a new dehydrator. YES! Thank you Tess!
LOL! You are hilarious! So happy you are enjoying these. I love them.
I have the Nesco dehydrator. Can this be done without the mesh liner or the some of the coating will fall off the kale? I signed up for the excalibur giveaway so I’m crossing my fingers.
Yes, you can make these in any dehydrator. I recommend using some kind of liner.
I love your book !
Thankyou. I really appreciate the kinds words. I am glad you are enjoying the book.
Ok it’s seriously time to get on this bandwagon! I see your post is 4 years old but I’ve only just started hearing about these amazing treats in the last couple of months… I’m off to the farmer’s market tomorrow to stock up and then chucking it all in the dehydrator!!!