We were first introduced to baked kale chips from our friend Brandon who made them for a snack one night while we were over for a visit. Since then, we have been hooked! Whenever I have a craving for salty chips, I grab these up instead. If you are going to eat a little extra salt, might as well and have something healthy about it, right? Besides in soup, this is hands down, my favorite way to eat kale. The baked kale comes out nice and crispy like a chip and packs a lot of flavor with the coarse salt and garlic powder.
The best part is, kale packs in some super antioxidants and nutrients. Did you know that kale packs in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and protein (and many more nutrients)? I love yummy food that also has nutrition involved! (Although, we have to watch the salt and oil. So kale chips are just snacks for us!)
With Super Bowl Sunday coming up, this is one of our definite party snacks. The perfect football game taste with leafy greens = a touchdown snack for us! Yum!
- 1 bunch of Kale, removed from the ribs and tough center stems and shred into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Coarse Salt (we used Kosher salt)
- (Optional) Garlic Powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Tear Kale into small pieces about 2″ wide (will shrink in oven) and place in a large bowl. Pour olive oil over kale and gently toss until the kale is well coated in olive oil.
- In a large baking pan, spread kale out in a single layer and sprinkle on coarse salt and garlic powder (if using).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until kale has darkened and is crispy. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve!