Crispy Baked Kale Chips

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This is the best baked kale chips recipe! Homemade crispy kale chips are a delicious, healthy snack made with only five ingredients. Roasting kale chips in the oven keeps them crispy for days!

baked kale chips in a bowl


These baked kale chips are a nutritious & delicious snack. They are seriously so good they are addicting!

My oldest daughter has been not only eating, but requesting these kale chips since she first learned how to talk. At the store she would point to the kale and say, “chips!” I knew exactly what she meant and obviously obliged her request.

Because what kid requests kale at the grocery store? I guess, in chip form, this leafy green vegetable can be enjoyed by all! And this is seriously the best kale chip recipe out there.

Homemade kale chips are roasted low and slow, covered in a delicious almond coating that stays crispy for days (if they last that long)! Plus they are paleo, vegan, grain-free, sugar-free and are made with only 5 ingredients.

overhead view of baked kale chips in a bowl

Baked Kale Chips Recipe: Ingredients & Substitutions

Here are a few possible substitutions that could be made this recipe.

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this Kale Chips Recipe
  • Kale. I have made these chips with the following kale varieties with great results: Curly kale, Lacinato (Dino) kale, Redbor Kale, and Siberian Kale.
  • Olive oil. Avocado oil and canola oil also work very well in this recipe.
  • Almond meal. Almond flour works just as well as almond meal, although I like the crunchier texture of the almond meal.
  • Sea salt. Garlic salt is a great substitute that adds a little garlic flavor.
Front view of a bowl of crispy kale chips

How to Make Baked Kale Chips 

In order to ensure that your roasted kale chips turn out crispy, the process is as important as the ingredients. The method is a key part to mastering the art of making kale chips. So I’m going to walk you through it step by step. Don’t forget to watch the video. 

Use Kale Leaves Only

Since the stalk of most kale varieties is tough, remove the leaves from the stalk and then discard the stalk – which remains tough even after being baked.

overhead view of Kale leaves on a cutting board ready to be made into baked kale chips

Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a small bow, combine  the almond meal, sea salt and pepper. This will ensure they are evenly distributed.

Add Olive Oil

Next, add the olive oil to the kale leaves, high-quality olive oil is preferred for the best taste.

Front view of olive oil being poured into a bowl of chopped kale leaves making baked kale chips

Massage the kale. 

This is so important. After the oil is added ot the kale, use your hands to work the olive oil into the kale leaves. This tenderizes the kale and ensures that the oil is evenly and completely distributed.

Hands in a bowl massaging olive oil into kale leaves showing how to make kale chips

Add Dry Ingredients

Next, add the dry ingredient mixture to the massaged and oiled kale and stir until it’s evenly distributed. 

Bake the Kale Chips

Good things take time. Depending on the variety of kale you choose and the size of the leaves, these kale chips can bake for up to 40 minutes at 325. This ensures that they dry out completely and remain crispy for days

So do not rush the process and turn the heat up. You will end up with chips that are burnt but still somehow soggy, which are not the best. 

overhead photo showing how to make kale chips

Kale Chips Recipe FAQs

How do you store kale chips?

I know most recipes call for storing in an airtight container, but I don’t recommend that. They remain crispy longer if you store them in a container with a loosely-fitting lid or one that is loosely covered in plastic wrap.  
Wait until they cool completely before storing so you retain crispy kale status. 

How long do kale chips last? 

They stay fresh at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Are baked kale chips good for you? 

Yes, it is kale, after all! This recipe in particular is a very healthy and delicious alternative to regular chips! They are low in calories, high in protein, fiber and nutrients!

up close overhead view of baked kale chips after baking

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Crispy Baked Kale Chips

Laura
This is the best baked kale chips recipe! Homemade crispy kale chips are a delicious, healthy snack made with only five ingredients. Roasting kale chips in the oven keeps them crispy for days!
5 from 61 votes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups kale chips
Calories 62.3
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease a large baking sheet, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together almond meal, garlic salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Remove the leafy green part of the kale from the tough stalk, and tear into smaller pieces.
  • Place kale leaves into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 TBS olive oil and massage with your hands until every single piece of kale is coated (this is very important. If the kale is not coated with olive oil then it will not hold the rest of the ingredients).
  • If necessary, add more olive oil 1 tsp at a time until the kale is thoroughly coated.
  • Sprinkle the almond meal mixture over the oil-coated kale chips.
  • Toss the mixture carefully with tongs to evenly distribute the dry ingredients on the kale chips. (Be careful to not overmix).
  • Bake for 25-40 minutes or until the kale is crispy and just begins to brown. Stir halfway through.
  • Once brown and crispy, let cool completely on the baking sheet. 
  • Remove cooled kale chips from the baking sheet and eat or put in a container with a loosely-fitting lid to store. 

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions:
  • Kale. I have made these chips with the following kale varieties with great results: Curly kale, Lacinato (Dino) kale, Redbor Kale, and Siberian Kale.
  • Olive oil. Avocado oil and canola oil also work well in this recipe!
  • Almond meal. Almond flour can be used in place of almond meal.
  • Sea salt. Garlic salt is a great substitute that adds a little garlic flavor.
Store
Wait until the kale chips cool completely. 
Store in a container with a loose-fitting lid or a bowl loosely covered with plastic wrap. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 62.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.2g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 3.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Sodium: 52.4mg | Potassium: 222.3mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 1.3g | Vitamin A: 13280IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never made kale chips before but this recipe is sooo super easy to make and the chips are FANTASTIC!!! May be my most favorite new snack 😋

  2. 5 stars
    I made these chips and they were very good, but I put them in a plastic bag and closed them, the next day they were all soft

    1. If you notice in the recipe card it states “Store in a container with a loose-fitting lid or a bowl loosely covered with plastic wrap” I don’t suggest storing them in a platsic bag. You can re-crisp them in the oven.