Garlic Kale Chips

January 19, 2012

Truth be told, I’ve always been more of a ‘quantity over quality’ girl when it comes to snacks and mealtime. I would rather find a way to stretch my morning protein pancake with a little canned pumpkin, even if it means sacrificing texture, just so I can have more to eat in the morning. And I will gladly eat an entire head of steamed broccoli over a small portion of broccoli with cheese 90% of the time. Can anyone relate?

Joey and I rarely have chips or other junk food on hand except for those few boxes of Girl Scout cookies right now. So when I get a craving for something crunchy and salty, I typically have to improvise with what we have on hand.Ā  And while I may be a little late to the game with these crispy baked Garlic Kale Chips, if you are late to the game like me, I would highly recommend you making them asap. Not only are they crunchy, salty and entirely addictive, they also deliver all the vitamin-packed goodness of kale.

My first attempt at Kale chips was anything but a success. I made the mistake of leaving the tough stems in the center of the kale intact. If you’re into that sort of stringy texture, then feel free to leave the stems going through the center of the leaves. But if you’re anything like me, I would recommend cutting the ruffled leaves of the kale off the stem and discarding the rest.

I ate the entire batch in one serving. But if you’re slightly less greedy than I am with your kale, it could easily be a side dish for two or three people.

Garlic Kale Chips
*3 to 4 cups kale leaves, cut into pieces with stems removed and discarded
*1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
*2 tsp. Garlic Gold or 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
*2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
*Salt and pepper to taste

*Preheat oven to 400Ā°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside.
*In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and Garlic Gold. Spread kale in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and the salt and pepper.
*Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, or until kale is crunchy and has a slightly charred appearance, tossing once halfway through baking. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!


  • Reply justinelorelle January 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this, and I just haven’t gotten around to finding a good recipe. This sounds easy enough!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Give them a try! They make you feel so healthy. I mean, it’s like four cups of kale in one sitting!

  • Reply nat@thesweetslife January 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    kale chips are a staple in our house—i simply can’t get enough of them!! glad you’ve discovered them as well šŸ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      With our mutual love for ice cream and kale chips, I think we could most certainly snack together. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I am the same way and totally a volume eating girl. I love kale chips and haven’t had them in a rotation in a little while, time to bring them back!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      šŸ™‚ I knew we would have that in common!

  • Reply Heidi @ Food Doodles January 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I can absolutely relate! I’m totally like that, although with especially rich sweets I’m usually happy with a small piece. Love kale chips! The garlic sounds so good šŸ˜€

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I’m with you on the rich dessert. I would much rather have a small slice of ‘real’ cheesecake rather than some processed ‘fake’ cheesecake-like dessert any day. Snacks, on the other hand, are completely different.

  • Reply Jennifer January 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’m with you re: volume snacks, but gh, I cannot for the life of me to get these to turn out right!! They always taste burnt and completely crumble to smithereens. šŸ™ I’ve tried lowering the temp, and tried reducing the time. I guess I wasn’t meant to eat kale chips. Sadness.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      They really do have a funky texture. The first few times I tried them, I wasn’t sold on the texture, but it’s grown on me. Maybe I will grow on you, too? šŸ™‚

  • Reply Grace January 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I love zucchini chips but this is the first time that I have heard of kale chips. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Anything that makes me eat something healthy over potato chips is worth a try! šŸ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Grace, I’ve never heard of zucchini chips! Details, please!

  • Reply Urban Wife January 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Love kale chips! Great idea with the garlic. I’ll try these next time.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Doesn’t garlic make everything better? I’m addicted to Garlic Gold.

  • Reply RebeccaSubbiah RD āœˆ January 20, 2012 at 12:30 am

    these look wonderful šŸ™‚ hoping over from pinterest

    • Reply MadisonMayberry January 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks! Hope you get a chance to give them a try!

  • Reply Angela Ten Clay January 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I bought some Kale because I wanted to try this…and now I have the recipe to make it!

  • Reply Bonnie Lewis January 25, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I just bought kale today and am set on making my husband like it in some form or another. I am going to make these tomorrow and see how they go!

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