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Fruits and Vegetables

Cheesy Crispy Kale Chips

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

Oh how we love salty, crunchy snacks! I can't ever bring chips into the house, because we would eat them within minutes. In fact, our favorite post-race indulgence is a bag of Barbara's Jalapeno Cheese Puffs. We happily share these cheesy, puffed delights together on the ride home from a race. However, on a daily basis, we try to eat mostly whole foods. So what whole food can we make into a salty, cheesy, crunchy snack??? Kale Chips!

This is Al's kale chip recipe and it is super easy. We make them frequently, and eat them all up quickly. They definitely satisfy our crunchy, salty cravings and give us a healthy serving of super greens too! Of course, the seasonings are completely customizable too. Bake some up today and enjoy!


2 bunches of fresh, organic Kale

1 - 2 TBS olive oil

4 TBS nutritional yeast

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

Customize your seasonings any way you like! You can add some spice too!


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash the Kale with cold water. While you are washing the Kale, pull off the hard center stem, and any stem parts that would be too difficult to chew and discard. Tear the curly, green kale leaves into large pieces and place them in a bowl. Dry the leaves as best you can, to remove most of the water. You can simply press a cloth towel or paper towel onto the leaves, or spin them around in a salad spinner. Next, with all of your kale leaves in the bowl, drizzle them with the olive oil. Now rub the oil all over the leaves. Massage the leaves with the oil for a couple of minutes. This will make the kale a little bit softer and a little less bitter.

Place parchment paper on two cooking sheets, and spread all of your oiled kale leaves on the parchment paper.

Combine yeast, salt, garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly all over the kale leaves.

Place both sheets in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and use a spatula to turn the leaves over. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and see if they are mostly dry and crunchy. Bake for additional time if necessary or until desired texture is achieved.

Cool, enjoy and store in an air tight container if you have some left over!

We are Coach Al and Trish. Our goal is to share good nutrition and help support healthy lifestyles while keeping it real and simple because we all have busy lives. Nothing fancy, just real food for real life and cycling encouragement for a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Please leave a comment or ask a question! Happy eating and cycling!

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