One surefire way to improve your diet is to eat more leafy greens like kale.  If you’re like most people, however, you may be wondering how to actually go about eating more kale. Enter kale chips. When prepared correctly, kale chips are crisp, crunchy and flavorful, the perfect healthy replacement for commercial junk foods like potato chips and crackers. Follow this kale chips recipe to enjoy this delicious, nutritious snack.

How to make kale chips

You may use any type of kale for this kale chips recipe. Begin by washing your kale and removing the leaves from the stalks. Discard the stalks and tear the leaves into bite sized pieces.

Put your pieces of kale into a bowl. If you have a lot of kale, you may want to only put a portion of it into the bowl at a time. Drizzle olive oil onto the kale and massage the oil into the leaves. If necessary, add more oil until all of the leaves are lightly coated in oil. Add any desired seasonings. Onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper produce a delicious kale chip slightly reminiscent of Doritos. Massage the kale a bit more to evenly distribute the seasonings.

Lay out the kale chips on a single layer in your oven or dehydrator. I found that using my dehydrator allowed me to get the chips thoroughly crispy without worrying about them burning. My kale chips took about three hours when dried at 155 degrees Fahrenheit; your drying time will vary based on humidity.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can still follow this kale chips recipe by cooking the chips in your oven at 155 or the closest temperature allowed by your oven. If you want your chips to be done sooner, you may cook them at a much higher temperature, but be sure to watch them closely to be sure that they don’t burn.   

After cooking or drying, taste your kale chips to determine if they are done.  The chips should be excessively crispy. Underdone chips will be chewy. Once you are satisfied that the chips are finished, serve and enjoy!

Experiment to find your favorite kale chips recipe

After you have successfully made your first batch of kale chips, try experimenting with other flavor combinations. You might try other types of oils, such as butter or nut oils, or sprinkle on alternative seasonings such as cumin, basil, vinegar or chili powder.