These low carb kale chips are paleo and vegan. Not to mention just about the tangiest, tastiest, healthiest snack around! This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
Okay, wait, what? This is a low carb food blog and only now, just now, I am posting a recipe for kale chips? How is that even possible? Don’t all low carb, paleo, real food, whole food, clean eating etc. blogs have a recipe (or twenty) for kale chips? I mean, it’s practically a requirement to be a healthy food blogger to have at least one very prominent kale chip recipe. How can I have gone five and half years without one?
Well, truth be told that until recently, I was not particularly jazzed about kale chips. I tried them once, early on in this food blogging dealio and I was underwhelmed, to say the least. They felt like too much effort for too little flavour and I wrote them off then and there. I suppose I was following a not-so-great recipe and that they didn’t crisp up properly or have enough seasoning, or some grave error of that sort. Regardless of the reason, I had better things to do with my kale.
And then my son came home from school last year asking if I could make kale chips. This is the kid I have to fight harder to eat healthier, since he’s very susceptible to what he sees at school and what he conceives to be “cool food”. So kudos to the school for making kale chips at least moderately cool. He loved them and kept pestering me to make them, so I searched out a better recipe and made a big batch. A big batch that my kids devoured in about half a minute, since kale chips are so insubstantial. I personally found them okay but not overly exciting.
Fast forward to this summer when I was hauling all three kids cross-country to a cottage north of Toronto and spied a package of kale chips in the San Francisco airport. They were raw, vegan kale chips from a company called Pachamama Raw and they were surprisingly delicious. Naturally, being a little on the more flavourful side, my kids didn’t like them so I had the whole package to myself. I was intrigued by the use of nutritional yeast as an ingredient and it put me in mind of the package of Bob’s Red Mill nutritional yeast that I’d picked up a while back. You know what happens next…I decided I had to try making them myself, of course.
I am now officially in love with kale chips. Or more to the point, I am now officially in love with kale chips and nutritional yeast together. If you haven’t yet tried nutritional yeast, I’d say it’s definitely something to add to the list. It’s got a pleasant cheesy flavour so it’s a great addition for people who can’t eat dairy. It’s also a deactivated yeast, so it’s suitable for those on the anti-candida diet. For my part, I am neither dairy-free nor in danger of candida…so I just use it because it’s delicious!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to Bob’s for supporting All Day I Dream About Food!
Zesty Nacho Kale Chips
- 1 large bunch kale
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- ¼ cup Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Yeast
- Additional salt if desired
- Preheat oven to 350F. Trim kale from hard stems and cut or tear into 2 inch pieces. Wash and dry thoroughly (I suggest a salad spinner).
- In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, sea salt, pepper, and cayenne.
- In a large bowl, toss kale with avocado oil. Sprinkle with spice mixture and nutritional yeast. Toss well to combine. Don't be afraid to press kale up against sides of bowl to make the spices and yeast adhere.
- Spread in a single layer on one or two baking sheets (you can line them with parchment, but I find the kale gets crispier if I just do it right on the pan). Make sure kale pieces aren't too clumped together so that they crisp up properly. (you may need to work in batches).
- Bake 10 minutes and then turn off oven and let stay inside until crisp, another 2 to 5 minutes. Remove and let cool, and repeat with any remaining kale. Add more salt if desired.
Total fat: 14.54g
Calories from fat: 130
Total dietary fiber: 2.24g