Maybe you found this post while looking for a healthy snack or maybe you have a massive bag of kale and no idea what to do with it. Kale chips are a great idea in both situations (FYI – a smoothie like this one is also a good option).
3 reasons to eat kale chips
1. Kale is king of vitamin K
In other words, one cup of raw kale contains over 6 times the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for controlling blood clotting, heart disease prevention and bone health.
2. They’re crunchy!
I love that kale chips are crunchy because I feel that most healthy snacks I eat, for example, bliss balls or fruit, are squishy. So it’s nice to have something healthy that has a crunch.
3. Kale is low in sugar
While we’re comparing kale chips to other snacks, I’ll also point out that homemade kale chips are low in sugar unlike some of the typical snacks I mentioned above. While it’s nice to have a sugary treat sometimes, we shouldn’t make a habit of overdoing it on the sweet stuff, so it’s good to have some low-sugar snacks to fall back on.
How do you make kale chips?
I’ve seen lots of different fancy methods, one requiring 3 hours of cooking time and another involving a hair drier!?
Personally, I can’t be bothered with those methods. I want the quickest and easiest way to make kale chips – so that’s the method I have shared below.
Please note these homemade kale chips are best eaten when made or within a few hours (that’s why this recipe is single serve). If you do want to store them in an air tight container for later make sure that the kale chips are totally cool before you put them in otherwise they will create moisture and go soggy!
5 minute kale chips recipe
1 of your 5-a-day
- 1-2 stalks/ handfuls organic kale
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Back pepper
- Heat the oven to 160°C
- Wash the kale and dry it thoroughly – any water will stop the kale chips from going crispy. I pat the kale between a few sheets of kitchen roll, which seems quite effective although it is a little wasteful.
- Remove any stems or hard bits then transfer the kale to a baking tray.
- Drizzle over the oil and massage it into the kale.
- Season with salt and pepper then place in the oven.
- Set a timer and cook the kale chips for 5 minutes then check how they are cooking. If they don’t seem crispy enough then put them back in the oven and WATCH THEM LIKE A HAWK –don’t decided to make a cup of tea or go to the toilet because they will get burnt and you will get upset… or annoyed.
I can’t emphasise how important it is to use a timer and make sure you watch your kale chips so they don’t burn.
DID YOU KNOW
You can make these kale chips without the oil, but vitamin K is fat soluble, so I like to add a little bit of oil to help the vitamin K to be absorbed.
Have you tried kale chips before?
How did you make them? Or maybe you got them from a store.