I’ve always liked kale chips since trying them a few years back. I even posted a recipe for some two years ago. But today I tried baking them a new way and love them much more. I feel bad because I saw this recently on a Facebook post from somewhere and can’t for the life of me remember where. So there is a source out there that I’d give credit to if I could remember who it was. I’ll be sharing the recipe as I made them here, but it’s the method I read about that I like.
You’ll never feel left out again when people around you are eating potato chips and you don’t have anything to munch on. These are the answer. Make them. They are crunchy and a little bit salty, but they aren’t fried food with high carbs—it’s kale—a superfood. They are so good and so good for you!
So easy to make—just tear the kale in to pieces—1-2 inches in size. Wash them and spin them dry in a salad spinner. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, spray with a little non-aerosol olive oil spray, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and some parmesan (my favorite topping, but you can use endless spices and herbs). Have the oven already preheated to 425 degrees F. When you put them in the oven, turn it off and let them sit for 12-15 minutes. I thought they were perfect at 14 minutes. They were more light and perfect than the way I’ve made them before (in my other post), with no burned pieces. A perfect, healthy treat, or side to your lunch, or as I made them—they were my lunch along with some fruit.
Perfect Kale Chips, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
1 bunch of kale, washed and dried, stems removed, torn into 1-2 inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
*olive oil non-aerosol spray
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash and dry kale (salad spinner works best). Remove stems and tear into 1-2 inch pieces. Spread kale evenly on a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil (*or lightly drizzle and mix with hands to make sure all pieces get oil). Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then parmesan cheese.
Put baking sheet in oven and turn oven off. Let kale bake for 12-15 minutes (Mine was perfect in 14 minutes). Let sit on baking sheet to cool slightly for a few minutes. Carefully scrape kale into a dish and serve. Try not to eat it all in one sitting, but if you do—there is no guilt!
When they come out of the oven, they will look shriveled up, never fear, they are crispy and perfect.
You’ll even fight over them with your kids. Two of my four boys really like them. The other two won’t even try them. If you’ve never tried kale chips, you need to as soon as possible! ;)