I had two separate conversations with friends last week; both had to do with kale chips. One friend said she was dying to try them and needed a recipe. The other told me that her chips aren't ever chips at all. They turn into "dust" every time she tried to make them. The first time I tried I had the opposite experience. Mine turned mushy. With some trial and error, I was able to create the Goldilocks of kale chips -- not too mushy and not too dry -- just right. Here's the recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Wash kale. Let it dry completely (or you will wind up with mushy chips). I like to lay it out on paper towels. Once kale has dried completely, transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil and apple cider vinegar on top. Use enough to cover the kale completely, about 1-2 Tbsp each). Add salt, pepper and seasonings.
Massage oil mixture into the kale. You want to really work in the oil, try to get the "wrinkles" in each piece. Don't skip this step! The better you massage your kale, the better they will turn out. This is the trick to getting them crispy enough without them disintegrating and turning into green dust when you touch them.
Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This is another very important step and a trick to getting the chips crispy. If you layer, they will turn out mushy.
Bake until some chips are slightly browned around the edges but not burnt. Around 10-15 minutes.
*This is the basic kale chip recipe. You can also experiment with other seasonings like cayenne pepper, garlic, chili powder, soy free/gluten free soy sauce (coconut aminos) or for my non vegans and non paleo followers, Parmesan cheese. I sprinkled paprika on top of the chips pictured above.
Rosanne is a life coach, has her degree in Sports Medicine, is a former state champ and national level NPC figure competitor. As a foodie & lover of all things health & wellness she is determined to make the world a healthier place by sharing one fit tip at a time. She serves up real, easy to digest advice for real people.