The Ultimate List of the Most Scrumptious Dehydrated Kale Chips

So it's around 2 pm and you're looking for a healthy snack to munch on, but your pantry, local store, the vending machines near you are packed with unhealthy commercial snack options.  In addition to this, the healthy snacks you do find nearly costs you every every cent in your pocket.  Essentially, this may be a good sign that you need to start creating your own snacks. Making dehydrated kale chips is a great way to start your healthy snack journey. And the best thing about it all is that kale chips are so delicious.

What is Kale?

Kale is a very popular green leaf vegetable also known as a member of the cabbage family Brassica oleracea.  It comes in various forms that may where the leaves may be green or purple in color, and some may also appear to be smooth or have a curly shape.

What makes kale such a sought after vegetable is all the super nutritional value it provides like:  Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, folate, manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus.  It's also packed with tons of antioxidants and cancer fighting properties, helps lower cholesterol, can help you lose weight and the list can go on and on with so many more added health benefits.  

With this in mind, we compiled a super list of some of the most scrumptious dehydrated kale chips recipes that you can start making right away. Not only are they tasty and a much healthier option over store bought snacks, but you'll save tons of money along the way by making your own in your food dehydrator.  

 So on to the list...​​

1. Crispy Kale Chips

via wholenewmom.com

If you're looking for a healthy and crispy snack to munch on without the guilt, then you've got make these.  Adrienne from wholenewmom.com says that everyone loves them.  In addition to them being kid approved, they're also a great way to help you save money.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches of kale
  • 2 -4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt (Real Salt is recommended)

Get the full instructions from here

2. Cheesy Kale Chips

via thedeliciousrevolution.com

Here's a cheesy kale chips recipe to satisfy your cheesy cravings.  In addition to being delicious, they're raw, gluten free and vegan and packed with healthy goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1 cup cashews, (soaked 2 hours)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon agave
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

Get the full instructions from here

3. Raw Maui Kale Chips Recipe (Best Kale Chips Recipe)


4. Garlic Kale Chips

via healthyblenderrecipes.com

A hint of garlic in any recipe is certainly a way to add a flavorful experience to your taste buds.  The granulated garlic in this recipe is the finishing touch that adds a "depth of flavor" to these chips as Tess describes here.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of curly green kale – about 8 firmly packed cups
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in filtered water for 2 – 4 hours (soaking is optional)
  • 1/8 cup filtered water as needed for desired consistency
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, plus more to taste
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic (about 8-10 cloves) chopped roughly
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut nectar (optional)
  • 4 teaspoons granulated garlic

Get the full instructions from here

5. Cashew roasted red pepper kale

via savorysimple.net

You'll love the thickness and crunch of the cashews layered over the kale leaves, and the roasted red peppers add nice little contrast of a sweet and bitter taste.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 small to medium red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 8-10 ounces baby kale (regular kale may be substituted)

Get the full instructions from here

6. Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

via gimmesomeoven

Here's a simple recipe with just a little sea salt and vinegar.  It's a combination that will have you begging for more, more, more..

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 small to medium red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 8-10 ounces baby kale (regular kale may be substituted)

Get the full instructions from here

7. Coconut Oil Kale Chips

via thecookiewriter.com

Looking for a healthier snack option over your typical buttery popcorn?  Well, a covering of melted coconut oil in this recipe will give you just what you need.  The health benefits of coconut oil and the nutritious elements packed in kale will give you a tasty treat and then some. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, dried, and stems removed
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes (use
  • ⅛ tsp. if you are not big on spice!)
  • ⅛ tsp. ground ginger Salt and pepper to taste (be sparse on the salt, trust me.)

Get the full instructions from here

8. Curry Kale Chips

via rickiheller.com

Ricki Heller of rickiheller.com says that these are "Irresistible Curry Kale Chips"!  And that they truly are. With a host of enticing flavors in this recipe, you won't be able to eat just one. So if you're looking to add a little exotic flare into your kale chips recipe, then you'll want to dive into these delicious chips.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale (about a pound/500 g)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1-1/2 to 2 tsp (7.5-10 ml) mild curry powder
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) raw shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) raw apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops pure plain stevia liquid, optional
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) mild (white or yellow) misopinch fine sea salt, or to your taste
  • 1/2-2/3 cup (120-160 ml) water, as needed

Get the full instructions from here

9. Sriracha Cashew Kale Chips

via olivesfordinner.com

The possibilities are endless when it comes to kale chips recipes.  How about this one calling for some of that mighty Sriracha sauce coupled with some cashews, equals to Yummy!  If you're a huge Sriracha fan, you won't want to miss out on making and indulging in these tasty chips.

Ingredients:

  •  1 bunch of fresh kale, washed, rinsed and dried well (preferably spun)
  • 1/2 cup whole raw cashews
  • 1 whole roasted red peppera few dashes of salt
  • 1/2 cup raw tahini
  • 3 TB nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 TB sriracha

Get the full instructions from here

10. Pizza Kale Chips

via chefambershea.com 

Yes, you read that correctly, "Pizza Kale Chips". They're are so Awesome! Chef Amber Shea shares this, as she would say "SO, SO, SO GOOD", recipe from her Awesome Practically Raw cookbook. Say goodbye to pizza delivery for good, and instead deliver these so-delicious pizza kale chips right to your taste buds.  

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 2 to 4 hours and drained
  • 1/4 cup hempseeds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 bunch kale, tough stems removed, roughly chopped (6 to 8 cups)

Get the full instructions from here

11. Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips

via thehealthyfamilyandhome.com

The sour cream and onion combo has been around forever, and it's an all time favorite for many potato chips fanatics.  But have you tried this combo in the form of kale chips?  If not, get ready to put down the regular sour cream and onion potato chips, and instead experience this healthier version from Karielyn, that will keep you wanting more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 2 bunch organic kale
  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked for 15 - 20 minutes)
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 organic onion1 cup organic green onions
  • 1 1/4 cup water (purified or distilled)
  • 1 - 2 organic lemons (fresh squeezed)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt

Get the full instructions from here

12. Sweet and Zesty Kale Chips

via season2seasoneating.com

Here's a little sweet and zesty recipe to get your mouth into some flavorful confusion. With some simple ingredients and your dehydrator on deck, you'll be enjoying this gluten free, raw, vegan and low carb snack in no time.  

Ingredients:

  •  2-3 medium bunches organic kale
  • 4 tbs roasted tahini (or raw if desired)
  • juice of 4 meyer lemons (or regular lemons + 1 tsp honey)
  • 2 tbs coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 2 -4 tbs water (for thinning)
  • fresh black pepper

Get the full instructions from here

13. Cacao Maple Maca Chipotle Kale Chips

via fragrantvanillacake.com

Who would of though that kale chips could help "spice up your love life"? Well, the maca ingredient found in this recipe certainly has the potential to do just that. That's why it might not be a bad idea to share these with a special someone,  

Ingredients:

  •  3 cups finely shredded dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp maca powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp chipotle powder (depending on how hot you like it)
  • filtered water
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 large bunch kale, washed and torn into bite sized pieces

Get the full instructions from here

14. Vegan Kale Chip Doritos

15. Cool Ranch Kale Chips:

via picklesnhoney.com

If you want the cool ranch flavor but want to minus the Doritos, this recipe won't let you down at all.  It's a healthier and tastier alternative to some unhealthy commercial chips.  Amanda over at picklesandhoney.com has perfected this recipe, so you'll want to give it a try.

Cool ranch dressing ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked in water for 2 hours or more and drained
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1½ tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, dried parsley 
  • ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Kale chips ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch curly kale, de-stemmed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced thin

Get the full instructions from here

16. Spicy BBQ Kale Chips

This is for all BBQ chips lovers. The master raw chef, Russell James, walks you through the steps to creating these amazing chips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head organic kale, torn
  • 2 chipotle chilies, soaked
  • 1/2 cup soaking water from chipotle chilies
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons nama shoyu or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup soft dates

Get the full instructions from here

17. Sundried Tomato Cheezy Kale Chips

via ohsheglows.com

You can't go wrong with the added texture, balance and flavor of sundried tomatoes. So here's an Amazing cheezy kale chips recipe by Angela, from ohsheglows.com, to enjoy with some yummy organic sundried tomatoes added to it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of kale, stems discarded and leaves ripped up
  • 30 grams organic sundried tomatoes, soaked in water to soften for at least 1 hour (see note)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp soaking water from tomatoes
  • 2-4 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste

Get the full instructions from here

18. Cheesy Pesto Tahini Kale Chips

via emmafrisch.com

So in addition to being healthy, these pesto tahini soaked chips are "pure addiction", as Emma Frisch puts it.  See if you can handle just one chip.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed pesto
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 large bunches of kale or collard greens, or both!

Get the full instructions from here

19. Habanero Kale Chips

via thehealthyfamilyandhome.com

These chips are so delicious and finger licking good; you just may eat the entire batch before you actually place it in your dehydrator.

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups organic kale

Ingredients for the Habanero mix:

  • 1 1/4 cup organic cashews
  • 1 1/4 cup purified or filtered water
  • 1/4 cup organic lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 - 2 habanero peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Get the full instructions from here

20. Taco Fiesta Kale Chip Recipe

via feedyourskull.com

Give your taste buds what they need.  A Flavorful Fiesta! These taco inspired chips are packed with a host of tasty ingredients that will keep your taste buds rocking! 

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of curly kale, de-stemmed (about 350 g)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (if not raw, roasted un-salted)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 of a medium onion (about 49 g)
  • 1 small tomato, chopped (about 97 g)

Get the full instructions from here

21. Jamaican Jerk Kale Chips

via nouveauraw.com

Ready for a trip to the Caribbean? Let this Jamaican jerk kale chip recipe, by Amie Sue, take you there and navigate your flavor filled journey. With a touch of Jamaican spice, and other delicious ingredients, you're sure to arrive to your destination.

Ingredients

  •  1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp braggs aminos
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp Jamaican spice
  • 4 grams fresh habinaro pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 head curly kale

Get the full instructions from here

22. Spicy Thai Kale Chips

via hilahcooking.com

Here's another exotic recipe to delight in. With her own creativity and inspiration from those spicy Thai kettle chips, Hilah from hilahcooking.com, created this delicious concoction of a kale chip to give you that authentic taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch kale
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 lime, juiced, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Get the full instructions from here

23. Chocolate Kale Chips

Here's a nice way to turn your kale chips into a sweet little chocolate covered snack.

Ingredients

  • 8 Cups of Kale, destemed and torn into pieces
  • 1 Cup of Orange Juice
  • 6 Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoon Cacao Powder
  • 3 tablespoon Almond or Pecan Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao Nibs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • A pinch of salt

What about you?  Have you tried any of these dehydrated kale chips recipes before? If not, then be sure to give them a try and share your experiences..  Also if you have any other super delicious kale recipe ideas not mentioned on this list, please feel free to share your suggestions.