Garlic Kale Chips

This recipe is vegan and gluten free
Servings: 2
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Time: 20 mins

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This garlic kale chips recipe will be one of your favorite healthy snacks because they’re crunchy, full of flavor, and ready in 15 minutes. They’re a healthy alternative to potato chips because they’re packed with nutrients! They are also Gluten free, vegan, and so so simple!


Garlic Kale Chips Ingredients

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How to make Garlic Kale Chips

  1. Preheat oven! To 350 degrees
  2. Tear up the kale! For best results, I like to use whole kale leaves, as opposed to a bag of kale that’s pre-cut. First, tear the kale leaves into chips size pieces (roughly 3 inch pieces) but they can also be cut/chopped. The large stems should be discarded. Place the kale in a large bowl.
  3. Add oil, lemon juice, and seasonings. Combine everything in the large bowl and mix until all kale pieces are well coated.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  Place the kale on the baking sheet. Spread the pieces out so they are all laying flat in a single layer and have room to spread their wings. This is how we get crispy kale chips I usually have to cook the kale on two sheets or in two batches.
  5. Bake!  For 10-12 minutes but keep an eye on them. The chips should be golden brown on the edges, but they will burn fast!
  6. Let cool and Enjoy!  We like to have these crispy garlic kale chips with our Blender Tzatziki Sauce!



Quick Facts

How long does this dish take? 

Total time: 15 minutes (cook time 10 minutes)

How much does this make?

4-5 servings

Does this meet my dietary needs?

This kale chip recipe is vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free.

How many pans should I plan for this meal?

1 mixing bowl and 1-2 pans (a sheet pan with a lip is needed to keep the oil from spilling over)

How long does this keep?

These homemade kale chips will keep 3-4 days in the fridge. These keep best when in layers, separated by foil or paper towels in an airtight container 

Is it freezer friendly?


How do I reheat this?

Toss in the oven or toaster oven at 300 degrees for 5 minutes until crispy (best option) or eat cold

Can I pack this for lunch?

Yes! They do not need to be kept cold, but they will start to droop. I still love them even if a little floppy, but something to be aware of.

What foods pair with kale?

These kale chips are delicious on their own. However, these kale chips pair great when dipped in a cream sauce such as ranch or Cesar dressing!



Substitution Options

Fresh Kale: sorry, no substitute for this one.. Might I recommend some other delicious veggie dishes?  Pro tip for storing kale, place kale flat in a plastic bag (after washing), and place a paper towel on top, then place another layer of kale. Keep repeating until bag is full!

Lemon Juice: There is no sub for this one, but it can be left out and the kale chips will still taste delicious. I love the punch of citrus but not necessary.

Vegetable Oil: Coconut oil and olive oil can be used in place of vegetable oil. It will need to be melted first and will result in a slightly sweeter flavor.

Steak Seasoning: This can be replaced with whatever seasoning you prefer, such as onion powder, cumin, Parmesan cheese, or whatever flavor you come up with to make a new recipe. Just check if the seasoning you choose has salt and pepper. If it does not, I would add sea salt and pepper to the kale chips.

Garlic Powder: Mined garlic or fresh cloves of garlic can be used, but it’d be a good thing to make sure the garlic is minced into small pieces so it can spread evenly on the chips. For a fun twist (not vegan), try adding parmesan for parmesan garlic kale chips!

Red Pepper Flakes: Cayenne pepper or chili powder can be used to replace the red pepper flakes. Cayenne is much spicier though, so use sparingly. Red pepper flakes can be left out or reduced if you prefer to not have a spicy dish.


Fun Fact! 

Kale is one of the most nutrient packed foods out there! It has vitamin a, c, k, b, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and copper. On top of these, it has tons of folate (great for hair and nails!) and is the all star plant for getting your vitamin K which is a must to avoid blood clotting. I may not have use to have been the biggest fan of kale, but after devouring these kale chips and learning all this, I sure am! (Source)



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Blender Tzatziki Sauce

Southwest Egg Bake

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Spicy Kale Chips

Servings: 2
Total Time: 20 minutes
Kale Chips - crunchy, bright, and spicy.  Try them with your favorite dressing or our taziki dip! 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chips, healthy, kale, snack, spicy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 291 kcal


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/4 cup oil of choice we prefer avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Tear kale to desired size, place in large bowl. Add oil and lemon juice and toss until evenly coated.
  • Line baking pan with foil. Place kale flat on the lined baking pan (be careful not to over crowd). Sprinkle seasoning evenly on top of chips (feel free to adjust for personal preference). I usually have to bake in two batches or on two pans.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges start to curl. They can burn fast, so keep an eye on them! Remove from oven and let cool. Best served day of.



Nutritional Information is an estimate and for informational purposes only.
*Note: substitution options can be found above in the substitution section of this post.
For reheating, place in oven or toaster oven at 350 for 2-3 min.  Watch them carefully!  They can burn very fast..  Or you can skip the reheating - we love them cold, right out of the fridge!  Can be stored for up to 3 days laid flat in Tupperware.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6895IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3mg
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