KALE CHIPS! I’m suuuuper late jumping on the kale-bandwagon, but oh well; I’ve never been a trendsetter anyway. I honestly don’t really like Kale by itself. I much prefer spinach or something that taste less awful. Just kidding, but I really do enjoy these chips. So does Exec Assistant, Cheyenne. They are the perfect snack for when you’re not totally hungry but feel like eating. (Don’t even try to pretend like I’m the only one who has those moments). They’re light, crisp, pack in hardly any calories but a whole lot of good stuff, and are really simple to make. Win-win ladies, win-win.
Almost every recipe I’ve seen says to combine your seasonings in a bowl, and toss to coat. It’s entirely possible that I’m more challenged in this area than others, but when I tossed, half my kale ended up outside my bowl and I had some chips that were hardly seasoned and some that were soaked. (I still ate them all don’t worry. This girl does not believe in wasting food). They tasted fine, but I made a mess and kind of felt like an idiot. Because of that, I personally like to mix my ingredients in a bowl and then pour it over my kale that is already spread out on a baking sheet.
I actually thought I had a stroke of genius and bought a spray bottle, thinking I could “spritz” my kale easily and evenly…but the spices clogged the sprayer so that failed. I’m oddly obsessed with making it work though, and I’m still convinced it’s a good idea, so I may test out other spray bottles that don’t have a filter on the bottle. For now, line your baking sheet with non-stick parchment paper and lay your kale out in a single layer on the sheet. Pour the mix directly onto the kale, and mix around on the sheet until you feel like your sauce is evenly distributed.
Guys, this recipe is 100% good for you and 100% natural. Your coating is just olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, pure maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. Apple cider vinegar has a ton of health benefits such as: lowering cholesterol, killing bacteria, and lowering blood sugar. It is also claimed to help with weight loss, skin and nail health, and fighting cancer cells. Pure maple syrup is an awesome way to get sweetness without adding refined sugar, and because I love that spicy-sweet combo, you have to have cayenne pepper. Studies have shown that any time you add a spicy component to your meal, you can temporarily increase your metabolism by 8%, which isn’t a ton but isn’t a bad thing either! And the best part of it all is that you can literally eat the entire pan and it won’t set you back. Snack-on friends.
- 4 oz kale
- 1½ tbsp olive oil
- 1½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (remove if you don't like spicy food)
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line baking sheet with non-stick parchment (or spray with non-stick)
- Place kale on sheet in a single layer
- Combine oil, vinegar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup and whisk together
- Pour over kale
- Stir around on the sheet to make sure all the kale gets coated
- Bake for 15 minutes