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Italian Kale Chips

28 Comments 25 March 2013

Italian Kale Chips

We all love kale chips. They’re incredibly easy to make, they’re delicious, and it just feels good to know that you’re getting your greens in a simple snack. They’re also quite versatile. You can make them with just a little olive oil and salt, or you can make any flavor that strikes your fancy. Just create a seasoning, massage it into the kale leaves, and dehydrate.

If you don’t have a dehydrator and you aren’t going for a raw snack, you can bake the kale leaves instead. I’ve included directions for baking in the recipe below.

Have a craving for pizza? These Italian Kale Chips will satisfy with all the flavor yet none of the dairy and grains.

Italian Kale Chips

by Heather


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/2 c. cashews
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 medium tomato, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-2 tsp. oregano
  • 1-2 dashes of cayenne pepper


1. Wash kale, remove stems, and pat dry.

2. Combine all other ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth with a few chunks.

3. Massage both sides of the kale pieces with the cashew mixture and place leaves on teflex-lined dehydrator sheets.

4. Dehydrate at 115 until dry enough to touch, about 2 hours. Then remove from dehydrator sheets and dehydrate on mesh trays for 2-4 more hours, or until desired crunchiness is attained. The great thing about the dehydrator is that you can’t overdo it.

5. If you don’t own a dehydrator, you can also bake kale chips. Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes.  Pull the kale chips out of the oven when they are crisp but still dark green.  If you leave them in too long they’ll turn brown and take on a bitter taste.

You might also enjoy these Southwestern Kale Chips.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you made kale chips yet?
  • What’s your favorite way to season kale chips?
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28 Comments so far

  1. Trust you Heather to turn something that is already so fabulous and healthy into something even more amazing!

  2. Looks awesome Heather! I love how these seem a little lighter than the traditional cashew-based kale chip too :)

  3. amber says:

    Oh wow, Heather. These look incredible. My kids would DEVOUR these! Thanks for such a great recipe.

    Have a fabulous rest of your Wednesday.

  4. Wow – I am *so* making these this weekend =D
    They look so tasty!

  5. Lilly Sue says:

    Love this recipe! YUM! I actually just bought kale to make some kale chips. I may try this recipe as well. Thanks!

  6. leonie cent says:

    Hi there – thanks heather, for this great site and recipes – i need to try out these recipes asap… i dont have a dehydrator right now, but i must get one because even tho can dehydrate some things in the oven, would you say that it’s one of those fundamental appliances required when it comes to creating the “just-so” lovely, gluten free dishes/snacks/food etc… ?? Thank you, with warm wishes, Leonie

    • Leonie, thanks for stopping by! I wouldn’t say that the dehydrator is fundamental for making gluten-free food. But it sure gives you a wider variety of options when making raw foods creations. You can make pizza crusts, wraps, breads, crackers, and cookies and keep all of the nutrients in your raw ingredients.

      I hope you’re enjoying these recipes as much as I am!

  7. HOW did you know I’ve been craving pizza?! + I’ve been making kale chips all weekend but none like these- I’m excited to try them!

  8. Featuring this tempting snack this week heather!

  9. LOVE me some Kale Chips! These look amazing! Can’t wait to make them! Got them pinned to our board! Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays!

  10. Just a quick note to let you know I featured this recipe at one of my favorites at this week’s Gluten Free Fridays link up! I can’t wait to see what you link up this week! :) Cindy

  11. LOVE kale chips!! This combination sounds delicious!!!!! Love your blog. Big hug from Amsterdam

  12. We love kale chips…these look very good! Can’t wait to make them. Thanks!

  13. Lindsay says:

    I made these last night…WOW! Yum.
    The only thing that I have decided to do differently in the future is to combine all but the nuts in a blender with enough olive oil to achieve a smooth consistency rather than a thick paste, and then grind the nuts into some thing close to a flour. Rub the chips with the mixture and then dust with the nut flour. I think that may look a bit more appealing as well.
    I don’t even like pizza and I LOVE these!!


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