“Cheesy” Kale Chips
I’m always looking for a way to slip more nutrients into our diet, especially protein. As a mom to two very active boys, it’s on the tip of my radar. Which is exactly why I love this recipe.
Kale chips are amazing on their own, but the addition of the “cheese” sauce in this recipe ensures that they are a well-rounded and very nutritious snack. In fact, these kale chips are bursting with protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.
We love the flavor the “cheese” sauce adds to the kale, and they always disappear quickly.
In fact, I sometimes wonder if there will be any left by the time the boys get home from school. And my poor husband? I think I had been making these kale chips for a few weeks before he ever had more than a handful … they’re that good. I’ve since learned to double my recipe!
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
“Cheesy” Kale Chips
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours | Serves: 4
Ingredients (all organic):
1 1/2 large bunches of kale
2 cups cashews (soaked for at least 30 minutes, or overnight)
1/4 cup chia seeds (optional, soaked with cashews)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium sized lemons, squeezed
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic granules
2 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Wash the kale, strip the leaves into a salad spinner and discard the stems. Tear the leaves into 2-3″ pieces and spin to dry. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Combine the soaked cashews, chia seeds, red bell pepper, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic granules, turmeric and salt in a blender and process until smooth.
Pour the mixture over the kale and stir to combine, until the kale is covered on both sides.
Spread the kale chips over the baking sheets, as evenly and flatly as possible to ensure even cooking time.
Bake between 1 1/2 to 2 hours (time varies based on oven and dryness of the kale), tossing halfway through, until the kale has dried out and is crispy but not burnt. Watch the kale closely toward the end of the baking time to ensure it does not burn. If needed, remove any chips that bake more quickly.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Enjoy!