The BEST Cheesy Kale Chips

Save yourself loads of money and make these delicious and addictive cheesy kale chips at home!

I already have a basic kale chip recipe that you can make in your oven, but I wanted to recreate those amazing cheesy kale chips you can buy at the store. You know the ones, they’re coated in a yellow/orange seasoning. They’re so deliciously addicting…I can literally polish off a whole bag in less than 5 minutes. $7 dollars… gone in 5 minutes. Given my track record with kale chips I knew I needed to start making them at home. They’re way cheaper and probably a little bit better for you as well!

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First, there’s a little story behind me making these: Recently, I won a giveaway for the book Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom from The Wellness Woman.

While I’m super excited to read the book, I was also pumped when I saw that there were two raw treats (kale chips and a raw sugar cookie) included in the package. I sat the packaged treats in what I thought was a “safe spot” on the coffee table for later. Well, it wasn’t a very safe spot because I came home for lunch and found empty packages on the floor and a dog with a belly full of raw foods! We don’t feed Olive human food and she’s never gotten into food on the coffee table, but for some reason the raw goodies attracted her. Apparently, she has good taste. Obviously I was mad at her, but it’s really hard to be mad for long because she’s just so darn cute. Anyhow, since my kale chips were eaten without me even getting a bite I decided to make a batch of my own.

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This recipe makes kale chips that are covered in a thick spicy/cheesy sauce and perfectly crispy. They’re seriously amazing! I ate over a dozen as part of my breakfast and by the time lunch was over I had polished off a whole dehydrator sheet of them. Luckily I made a large batch and still have 1 sheet worth left, for now! No dehydrator, no problem. While I definitely think dehydrating takes kale chips to a different level, that doesn’t mean you can’t make kale chips if you don’t have one. I’ve seen (and tried) several recipes that can be made using an oven. Check out my baked kale chips.

But I will let you in on a little secret – while kale chips are healthy, they are just as addictive as regular chips! Be prepared. πŸ™‚

If you try these cheesy kale chips please be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

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The BEST Cheesy Kale Chips


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Save yourself loads of money and make these delicious and addictive cheesy kale chips at home!


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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of kale, washed, dried, stems removed and torn into medium sized pieces
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt (from Trader Joe’s)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients expect the kale to a high powered blender or food processor (affiliate link). Process until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. Massage sauce onto kale with hands.
  3. Dehydrate at 115Β° until crispy. (8-12 hours)
  4. Try not to eat the whole batch in 1 sitting! πŸ™‚

Notes

Adapted from Gone Raw.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Dehydrate
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cheesy kale cihps

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    44 comments
  1. I’m making these for the 3rd time in my dehydrator. YUM! My friends also LOVE them. I store mine in a large mason jar, capped tightly. Works great.

    Just ordered some Macadamia nuts and want to try the recipe using those in place of cashews.

  2. I made my first batch yesterday. Tastes amazing and kept in an airtight container. Today it lost a little crispiness, but still delish. Should I dehydrate longer or this is normal?

  3. Can cashew butter be substituted for the soaked cashews? Just got a dehydrator for Christmas and these are the first thing I’m making!

  4. Can these be stored in an air-tight container, once they are completely dry? Or are they best eaten immediately? Sounds so delicious but I don’t think I’ll bake them everyday if I’m craving them all the time.

  5. This recipe was DELICIOUS!
    Ok, I admit that the first time I made this, I was too anxious and turned the heat up… smh! Note to self: Do not make when hungry or seriously craving chips. The second batch was too perfect. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  6. I just put a batch of this into the dehydrator. I made this once already and they disappeared so fast I had to make it again! Wonderfully delicious!

  7. My mother in law loves kale. I still can’t bring myself to try them, although, the chip idea intrigues me a bit. I have to be on a lower salt diet because of my heart and I think these might be a slightly better alternative to the processed and super-salty tortilla chips I get in the store. Have you tried them with less salt, like maybe only a pinch instead of the half tsp.?

    RT

  8. I’m DYING to try Kale chips!! I’m so scared to make them for some reason and I don’t know why! I think it’s time to break out and just finally try it – this recipe has inspired me πŸ™‚

  9. haha One year at Easter, my childhood dog ate all of my family’s Easter bunnies! It was funny though because she neatly took them out of the package. There was no big mess, just missing chocolate. (She apparently did not have a sensitivity to chocolate/sugar)
    I can’t wait to hear about that book. It sounds really intriguing.

  10. I JUST made these the other night but since I don’t have a dehydrator I just coated them with some olive oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast and baked them in the oven. They were absolutely to die for! I can’t wait to make more of them. Will you be reviewing the book that you won? Im excited to read it, it seems right up my alley! :o)

      • Just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe and it was great! I don’t have a dehydrator, so I put them in the oven at 200 degrees and baked for a little over an hour. They were perfect and very similar to other versions I’ve tried made with a dehydrator!

  11. Yum this looks good. I tried to make kale chips once but wasn’t 100% sold… I am convinced I need to give the a second chance though πŸ™‚ maybe I’ll try these! Thanks for sharing.

  12. THANK YOU! I had cheesy kale chips as part of a foodzie tasting box and they were AMAZING… so I went to order some only to find they were almost $30 for 3 bags – no thanks! Now I can just make them myself, much cheaper πŸ™‚

      • I sold my dehydrator thinking I wasn’t going to use it but I was wrong I love it and missed but you can make Kale Chips in the oven. My oven only goes to 170 so I put them on the top shelf and leave the door open a crack they came out great! And Yes they are Addictive! I am always picking at them before they are done!

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