Cheesy Kale Chips

I contemplated calling them “Cheezy” Kale Chips, but I’m so sick of putting names of vegan things into quotations! Anyone else? It’s still REAL food! Yes, cheese generally refers to a substance made from cow’s milk, but it can also be made out of nut milk, or – in this case – blended cashews. So there! “Cheeze” and “mylk” are two words you’ll never hear come out of this vegan’s mouth. Let’s reclaim the language! :)

I had a nice, big bag of raw cashews generously sent to me by Oh! Nuts and I thought a batch (or two) of my favorite raw snack would be the perfect way to make my way through them. I was right, as usual.

There are various renditions of this recipe floating around the internet, but here’s my super cheesy (a.k.a. super noochy) take on it!

Cheesy Kale Chips
(Makes: It doesn’t matter because you’ll eat them all in one day anyways)

1 bunch curly kale
1 cup cashews (soaked for a couple hours)
1 red bell pepper, deseeded
Juice of half a lemon (2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)

Remove the toughest parts of the kale stems (save them for a green smoothie, green juice, or add them to a stir-fry!), and tear the leaves into bite-size pieces.

Whenever I’m working with leafy greens – especially for this recipe, where I want the pieces of kale to be as dry as possible so that the coating will stick as well as possible – I find it easier to cut or rip up the leaves first, and wash them afterward by submerging them in a bowl of water. Then I swish them around with my hands a little so any debris can float to the top, drain them, and dry them in a salad spinner!

Place kale pieces in a large bowl (you want enough room so that you can mix the coating in later without having to deal with leaves falling out of the bowl!)

To make the cheesy coating: combine soaked cashews, bell pepper, lemon juice, nutritional yeast (nooch), and sea salt in a blender or food processor (a high-speed blender like the Vitamix is best), and run for a minute or two until smooth.

Add the cheesy coating to your bowl of kale and massage it in with your hands. Don’t worry too much about uneven distribution, as the big globs taste delicious in the final product!

For raw kale chips (my method of choice, as they will retain the nutrients and enzymes of all the healthful ingredients!): place on dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 115 degrees until crispy. The time will vary, but make sure ALL the moisture is gone and they are genuinely crunchy.

Alternatively (if you don’t have a dehydrator), spread kale pieces on parchment paper on baking trays, and bake at 200 degrees until crispy, about 45 minutes (but again, all that matters is that they MUST be crunchy).

Once you’ve tried the basic recipe, feel free to spice things up – literally! Sprinkle some cayenne into the coating mixture for a nice kick, or add some garlic or onion powder, cumin, or dill!


44 responses to “Cheesy Kale Chips

  1. Good point about getting them super dry in a salad spinner. I love cheesy kale! How do you think it would taste as a dressing over un-dehydrated or cooked kale?

    • Actually, I think that’s a great idea! (Evidenced by the fact that I always snack on a bunch of the pieces before putting them in the dehydrator!) I think if you left it to soften for a little while with the coating on, it’d make a great salad! :)

  2. These look amazing. I love kale chips, its totally worth it considering the amount of kale pieces that get stuck in your teeth!

  3. I’ve missed you! So glad to see a post. I’ve tried kale every which way except for this one. Not because I don’t like chips, but because I like chips so much, I’d eat them all in one sitting.

    • Jen, I’m a chip fanatic too, haha, but I much rather eat a whole batch of these than an equal amount of TJ’s tortilla chips, which are the food bane of my existence (I love those stupid things!), so these are nice to have around.

  4. It’s almost impossible to keep a stock of kale chips on hand. Sometimes they don’t even make it out of dehydrator! I’ve tried many different dressings, but I’ll have to try this one. Sounds yummy!

  5. This looks so yummy !!! Have not used kale that many a times and the first time i am hearing kale chips

  6. Great idea, I’ve had kale chips before but never of my own doing.

  7. I’ve been wanting to make these badly. I really need to get a lettuce spinner. Don’t know how I’ve lived this long without one! This is all the inspiration I need!

  8. seriously one of my FAVORITE foods!

  9. I first had cheesy kale chips in Sedona, AZ and so happy to find your recipe via Foodgawker. I decided I couldn’t wait and made them in the oven and they took about 3 hours…after turning the heat up a bit. Next time I’ll plan for the dehydrator!

  10. OMG, you are delightful. I just happened upon your blog, and I have to tell you that the name alone made me howl. Love your photos and recipes. I have made kale chips, but sistah, not these kale chips. You are on my blogroll forev.

    • Wow, you are so sweet, thank you! I have to admit, I was pretty proud of myself when the name popped into my head a few years ago! I attribute it completely to Jane though, I was just the vessel! :) I hope you like the kale chips! I might make a Ranch version soon!

  11. pinkdaisylove

    I just made the kale chips last night, they were ready in the dehydrator this morning. They were much better than the ones I was paying $$$ for at our local coop. Thank you for the great recipe!

  12. I know how you feel about the quotations. Lately I’ve been considering spelling the dishes the way I see them as too. Glad you feel the same way. :)

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  15. I love Kale but I have never had them as chips. This is a great idea. For some reason I want to dip them in chocolate. hmmmm

  16. i love these!! this was my first go at making kale chips and I had to use my oven! they worked out awesomely and they are DELISH!! Love ’em!!

  17. AWESOME, love Kale Chips and the addition of CHEESE is a great call! Such a delicious healthy snack – thanks for sharing!


  18. I love kale and am not a vegan- so I wouldn’t call it typical hehe.

  19. your kale chips sound great. Going to try them in the oven.

  20. Thanks for this recipe! They’re delicious. Definitely making this rainy autumn weather a little more enjoyable.

  21. I wish you would come back and post more.

  22. I love any kind of kale chip and especially noochy cheesy versions. Yum. And you’re right about the big globs. Delicious.

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  25. Turned out great! I did add extra red pepper that really intensified the flavour once it was dehydrated. Used the dehydrate mode of my oven, which was 175, took about 10 hours.

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  28. Would love to hear your ranch recipe! Sounds delish!

  29. Those look just like the Rhythm kale chips – which are my guilty pleasure at $6/bag! I can’t wait to try these. And I agree about reclaiming the language!

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  31. Love the recipe and yes, they are almost gone although they are still in the oven to get crispy. Never thought kale could be so yummy! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!

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  34. These look good. But why bother calling them “cheesy” at all? “Nutty” or “Cashew” Kale Chips sounds just as good, and avoids the cheese problem! Just a thought that occurred to me as I read.

  35. Fantastic! I found these in the store for a fortune for a 2oz bag, and this is the same recipe. They are in the oven right now. Thanks so much!

  36. These look completely delicious. Have you ever tried to make vegan paneer cheese. There are some great recipes that combine paneer and kale from India.

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