I constantly am buying kale chips from the store (my favorite brand here) and finally decided I just needed to make some myself. So if you have 30 minutes, want a healthy alternative to chips, and want a nutritionally packed snack- this ones for you.
Just one serving has ~150 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber! Also naturally rich in folate, B vitamins, and iron. For those of you who aren’t familiar with nutritional yeast, it is a deactivated yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisia) that has a rich nutty/cheesy flavor. It’s great as a popcorn topper, can mix into make a great queso, or be a great salad flavor as well. It’s naturally rich in B vitamins and is often supplemented with vitamin B12. It is also a source of all 9 of the essential amino acids (the ones your body does not produce). Welcome to your new favorite snack!
Cheesy Kale Chips
- 10 oz chopped kale leaves (2 big bunches will be about right) washed and stems removed!, organic preferred
- 2 tbsp organic olive oil or sub another plant-based oil
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds unsalted preferred
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- smoked paprika optional
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
- Add kale and oil to large mixing bowl and mix until covered
- Pour sunflower seeds, half of the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic & smoked paprika (optional) to a blender or food processor
- Add mixture to kale & hand toss to coat
- Spread kale over 2 large baking sheets, making sure to have as few overlapping as possible
- Sprinkle with remaining nutritional yeast
- Bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, flip/mix kale with a heat-safe spatula and then bake 5-7 minutes more until crispy and golden
- Let cool before serving
- Make sure they are completely cooled before storing. They'll keep for 2-3 days but the crispness starts fading after a loud a day. They're so tasty you may have trouble saving any!