Cheesy Kale Chips

I have SO MUCH KALE in my garden!

Michael’s mom suggested we try a recipe for kale chips with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. I’d never had kale chips before and she was gushing about how delicious they were. I decided to give it a try.

It was a decent sunny day and I went out to our garden to harvest a bunch of kale to give it a try. I might have gotten distracted while I was outside when I discovered a gloriously red strawberry! I am so glad I transplanted the strawberry plant into a huge pot so it’s tripled in size. The strawberry was sweet and delicate, very different from store-bought.

Okay, back to the kale! I cut a ton of it and then tore the leaves into pieces. I mixed the kale pieces together in a bowl by hand with olive oil. (I wondered if Grapeseed Oil would work as well, but did not try it.)

I spread the kale onto my baking sheet covered in wax paper. Then I sprinkled a thin layer of sea salt, freshly ground pepper and nutritional yeast. I went very light on the nutritional yeast because I wasn’t quite sure how it would taste. Would it be overpowering? Was less more? I took the safe route for my first batch.

I baked it in the oven for 4 minutes, checked them and they looked great, and then turned them over and popped them back into the oven. I baked it for about 3 minutes and then tried to broil it for the last minute or so. Michael’s mom suggested it, even though the recipe did not. Ahem. It kind of failed.

The first batch ended up in the garbage in a smokey mess. I tried again, even though I was frustrated (have I mentioned how much I hate using the broiler?). The second batch was much better! Seriously, while making kale chips and using a broiler, do not leave the room and do something else!

How were they? Delicious! I LOVED the nutritional yeast. It was cheesy and garlicky at the same time. The sea salt was a good addition. I erred on the side of caution and probably could have cooked the chips for a teeny bit longer. Some of them were not crispy at all (probably 20%) but the rest were as crispy as a thin tortilla chip.

Next time I will make sure they all get crispy and I will add a lot more nutritional yeast. AND I will make a bigger batch because it’s gone in no time. Yum, yum, yum! It was a good snack before dinner. Dinner was a bratwurst with a serving of tater tots.

Dinner was good and quick–which was needed after my do-over on the kale chips. I through in some raw cauliflower with a little bit of blue cheese dressing as a side. What I really wanted was more kale chips. I think I’ve created a monster.

QUESTION: Have you ever made kale chips? Tips? Suggestions? Favorite recipes?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

20 thoughts on “Cheesy Kale Chips”

  1. I think that subbing grapeseed oil for olive oil would work, you just wouldn’t have the olive-y flavor overpowering it.

    I have mixed feelings about kale chips, and kale in general. Maybe I just need to cook it more!
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    1. The first time I ever had kale was on a chicken dish I had a restaurant. It was probably cooked in fat (yum) and had bacon in it. It wasn’t cooked very much so it was kind of leathery. I had mixed feelings but it tasted pretty good. It took some getting used to but then I loved it. And the stuff we have in our garden is great.

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! My in-laws planted a ton of kale for me this year in their garden. They have over an acre’s worth of garden they plant each year and after begging a little and explaining what kale was they planted a TON! Can’t wait to try this recipe out when I get my weekly share 🙂
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    1. That’s fantastic that you have access to fresh veggies! It’s like having your own CSA. The recipe is really good. I’m already thinking of other seasonings to try.

        1. I bet! That’s one of the reasons I haven’t done a CSA. I eat a lot of vegetables but I don’t know that I could be very creative with the ones I can’t identify!

  3. For what it’s worth, I do think the Lacinato (Dinosaur) kale makes the best kale chips. It’s usually a little more substantial and has more surface area. Now that I think about it, I don’t use the broiler at all when I make kale chips. So addictive – yum.

  4. I love kale chips. I always use grapeseed oil and a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning. I put them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes and they are usually perfect. If not another minute is ok too. I have not graduated to a kale only salad but I’ve started mixing it half and half with romaine for salads and it is very tasty.
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  5. Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. Otherwise, I might not have found yours! I’ve read some of your back posts and will enjoy spending more time doing that, hopefully in chronological order if I can navigate my way back to the its beginning. As I approach maintenance, I’ve been actively searching for new blogs specifically written by maintainers as I think that will be a huge source of encouragement for me. I’ve been at this place before and am well aware that the hard work is just beginning! Thanks again for your comment on my blog. Looking forward to “knowing” you better. Sharon

    1. Thanks for checking out my site, Sharon. I think it’s great that you are close to your goal weight and seeing maintenance in your future. I hope you can find some helpful things on my blog!

    1. You and me both. Last week’s attempt was the first time I’d even eaten them, let alone made them! It was quite enjoyable and I see more chips in my future. My boyfriend’s mom gave me another recipe to try that uses cayenne pepper. Mmm!

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  6. I swear, I really want to like Kale chips. I. Just. Can’t. There, I said it. I love kale in my nutribullet.

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