Kale + Spicy = :-)

I am just now getting into making my own kale chips.  I know, I'm late to the game, but I've got a dehydrator now and have been experimenting.  You can make kale chips in the oven- lots of folks do, but something about seeing an empty dehydrator, just makes me want to fill it up with more greens.

I had found a "cheesy" kale chip recipe that was a hit.  When I went to make it the next time, I decided to see if I could up the spice (flavor), diminish the damage (oil), and convert it to gluten-free.  Here's the yummy result!

Note: These are free of gluten, sugar, and oil*. They are flavorful and not very spicy, so don't be afraid.

  • 3/4 C Raw Cashews, soaked at least 1 hr in water (Whole cashews are better tasting than the pieces, I find. If you do use the pieces, you'll need less than 3/4C, I would go with 1/2C.)
  • 1 Bunch of Kale, stems removed, washed, and torn or sliced into large pieces (any variety, I've even used the bagged kind, however the pieces are awfully small and the stems attached are a wee bit chewy when dehydrated)
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, washed, seeded, and cut into big chunks
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 3 T Buffalo Sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce. There's a Hot Buffalo version that I bet would be great!)
  • 1/3 C Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice and pulp

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high power blender until smooth, but still thick.  Massage the sauce into your kale pieces. Place kale pieces separately on dehydrating racks for the dehydrator or on parchment paper lined baking sheets for the oven. 

Dreena Burton's recommendation for oven dehyrating is a good one.  Alternatively, other sites recommend setting the oven on the lowest possible setting and cooking for 2-4 hours, depending on your oven.  I find that kale chips in the dehydrator are the best - plus you can just set it and forget it.  I'm using a Waring that's probably 20 years old and it works like a charm. 

*This is not technically 100% oil free since there is some oil in Frank's Buffalo Sauce. One tablespoon of Frank's has 0.0g of fat, so the oil quantity is very low, but there is some.  Also, Frank's has 460mg of sodium per tablespoon, so take note.