Kale chips are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They provide a snacking experience without piling on the fat and calories. When you compare them to potato chips it’s almost not fair, since kale has such a scant amount of calories, these are baked and not fried, and kale has a lineup of vitamins and minerals that puts potatoes to shame. We’ve collected some of the best flavors we could find so you can get in on the healthy snacking craze.
1. Plain Kale Chips
Let’s start things off with the most basic of flavors: Plain. This will show you just how little goes into the kale chip making process, and draws a stark contrast to conventional snacks and all of the additives and preservatives they contain. Here it’s just the kale itself, some oil, and some sea salt. Pop them in the oven and in 25 minutes from start to finish you have a warm, crunchy snack you can munch on without regrets. Since this is a plain flavor you can really taste the kale, so this is for those that like the taste of kale. They can also be used for dipping if you’re not fully on board with the flavor of kale.
2. Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips
Salt and vinegar potato chips are one of the most popular flavors across the country, so it’s no surprise that this style has transferred to kale chips. You’d better believe that the ingredients are all natura here, using sea salt as the salt, and red wine vinegar for the vinegar. They’re using olive oil for added health benefits, so you’re really getting a treat for both your body and your taste buds when you eat these. When the kale bakes up it turns brown as well so it takes on a different look altogether.
3. Spicy Garlic Kale Chips
If you’re a fan of the heat, these would be an option for you. These are the kind of kale chips that you can eat if you don’t plan on kissing anyone for awhile. They combine the spiciness of red pepper flakes with the powerful and familiar taste of garlic so you end up with two robust flavors on top of what kale already provides. It’s not every day that you can have a spicy, garlicky snack and also top up on your fiber requirements for the day. But that’s what’s on offer here with these kale chips.
4. Raw Vegan Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips
Sour cream and onion is one of the most popular potato chip offerings on the planet, so it’s no surprise that they’ve applied it to kale chips. This is vegan so it’s not going to use any animal products like sour cream, so let’s see what they’re using to bring the sour cream flavor. Turns out they’re using a combination of nuts as a replacement, and they blend them up until they reach a creamy consistency and then pour it all over the kale an bake it up. It’s a pretty clever way to go about it, and make it far healthier than a bag of name brand sour cream and onion potato chips.
5. Baby Kale Chips
This kale chip recipe opts for baby kale instead of regular kale, so it’s going to have less thickness, and would be like Lays compared to Ruffles in texture. The great part is that these use just four simple ingredients, and one of them is kale. They’re also having you use red pepper flakes so this is going to be a bit spicy, which you can alter depending on how much of a kick you can handle. And if spice is your thing they point out that you can simply add more to ratchet it up a notch or two.
6. Masala Kale Chips Recipe
Here’s a unique flavor of chips and they’re inspired by the popular Indian flavor of masala, which is actually a blend of different spices. She’s really used a wide assortment of spices like nutmeg and turmeric, as well as lemon zest and red chili powder. Some of the ingredients are less exotic, like sea salt which most kale chips end up getting, but you won’t be disappointed in these. If you’re concerned about your iron or magnesium levels these chips are a good way to supply it without feeling like you’re eating health food.
7. Salt and Pepper Kale Chips
You can’t get much simpler than putting salt and pepper on your kale chips, and these have you coating the kale in oil to make sure it all sticks to it nicely. The draw to kale chips is that you don’t have to do much to them in order for them to taste good, and this recipe is proof that less is sometimes more. Like all of the recipes on this page these are baked, not fried, so the only fat you’ll get from them is the aforementioned olive oil, which actually supplies you with healthy fats, not like the fat you get from partially hydrogenated oils found in many of the most popular name brand snack options.
8. Taco Spiced Kale Chips
Here’s a way to get the classic taste of tacos on a kale chip so that you can keep things as healthy and simple as possible. If you love the taste of tacos but don’t like having to prepare all of those toppings for taco night, these chips might end up being your salvation. They capture the essence of a crunchy taco without all the work, and they’re better for you. These are actually super simple since you’re using a packet or pre-made taco seasoning. As an added bonus they include a recipe that will show you how to make it from scratch if you’d rather go that route, of if you find that you have those ingredients on hand but don’t have a packet of taco seasoning.
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