Kale Chips {$1 Snack}

{September 8th, 2015}

Sometimes I crave a crunchy, salty snack that won't be followed by guilt. Ya know, like the guilt (and belly ache) that follows after we find ourselves staring at the empty bowl of what was once chips and guacamole or spicy party mix...

There's nothing wrong with indulging in treats. Yet, it's rare to find packaged snacks in this house (see above. we eat the whole batch. there are two of us). However, sometimes you need a salty snack and neither carrot sticks nor plain almonds nor natural popcorn will cut it!!

Enter kale chips.

I KNOW what you're thinking. Gross rabbit food. I get that.

I didn't like kale at first because I wasn't using it the right way. The key with kale is to cut the toughness of it. Blend it in a smoothie, saute it in stir fry, massage it in a salad...or in this case, bake it 'til crispy!

These take a total of 13 minutes to make and cost around $1 for a whole batch. One batch is enough for two serious snackers (or...one ;)). The recipe is easily doubled. We love them and maybe you will, too!


1 large bunch of kale (not in the bag, which contains stem pieces)
2 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
Salt & Pepper
Garlic powder (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Wash the kale and pat until dry (important)
Cut the kale off the stem
Cut or tear kale into smaller pieces (they will shrink some when baking)
Season kale with olive oil, salt, and pepper
Lay kale in a single layer on a baking sheet
Bake for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through

The result is a yummy batch of light, salty, crispy goodness. Are they the same as some kettle cooked Lays? No. But eating a bag of Lay's isn't the same as eating a salad. This is, and you don't even have to eat salad!

Just be sure to check your mouth after consuming. ;)

Happy snacking!