Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY: Spicy Kale Chips

Kale Chips are a hot trend in healthy snack food but they are also pricey. At Wholefoods I saw them advertised for $4.49 for a tiny bag and thought to myself I could make them for cheaper. Making tasty homemade kale chips was seriously a science experiment for me. I tried making them in the oven but they didn't stay crispy for long. So I began experimenting with different recipes using my food dehydrator. The low heat on the dehydrator is actually better than using an oven because it protects nutrients lost in the baking process. I also found the kale chips were wayyy crisper using the dehydrator. The dehydrator was also super easy because you turn on the machine, set a timer, and in three hours TADA!

Kale Chips at the Wholefoods

1.) You can use any type of Kale. A huge bunch will sell for $2-$3 at the grocery store. 
2.) Cut and wash the kale thoroughly ( I use a salad spinner)
3.) Remove as much stalk as possible (this will help it dehydrate faster)

4.) Take about 1/3 cup of flax seeds and grind them. I found that using a coffee grinder works really well.

Flax seeds contain high levels of dietary fiber as well as micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids. Adding flax seeds has more health benefits than coating your kale in cheese.

5.) Add the ground up flax seeds, some olive oil, a few drops of chili oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.

6.) Mix it together with your hands and try to coat all the pieces of kale evenly.
7.) Lay them out on the dehydrator trays.
8.) Dehydrate for 2.5-3 hours at 135 degrees.

The kale will be ready when they are crispy like potato chips.

Enjoy them right away or...

 eat them later and share with friends. Just make sure they are stored in air-tight containers. They should last for months. 

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