Best Raw Vegan Kale Chip Recipe Ever

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Cheesy Kale Chips

Although this easy kale chip recipe has no cheese and is not fried, it will turn Cheetos into a ghetto snack of the past.  This vegan raw recipe for Cheesy Kale Chips has been perfected from countless attempts to create the crunch of the best bagged kale chips at Whole Foods without throwing down $8.99 a bag. Let’s face it cheesy kale chips are addictive enough to get you hooked at that price, but YIKES!- what a pain in the wallet.

So how do you make your own kale chips at home?  Here you go…

RECIPE “CHEESY” KALE CHIPS
Ingredients:
1 large bunch of  kale
1 cup cashews, (soaked 2 hours)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3-4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tablespoon agave
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

Preparation:
Rinse the kale and spin dry. Remove the stems and tear into bite size pieces. Let the kale air out as much as possible before coating. Blend the ingredients for the cheesy seasoning in the Vita-Mix until smooth. Transfer kale and seasoning to a large bowl and mix well using your hands to ensure the leaves are well coated. Place the kale on the dehydrator trays, the Excalibur Dehydrator is by far the best on the market).  Dehydrate at 118 degrees overnight or until coating is dry. Slide onto mesh screens and dehydrate until totally crispy. Note that not all nutritional yeast is vegan, so READ the label! Bragg’s is vegan and I love the flavor it offers.

TIP for keeping Kale Chips Crunchy.
Take a small fabric bag, sachets for jewelry or aromatics work well, and fill it with uncooked rice.  Place the it in an airtight glass container with a lid and seal up the kale chips. The rice soaks up any extra moisture in the container, keeping your kale chips crunchy for days!

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  • hi Joy .. would love to vote you for “hot raw chef” on the Living Light International site for your mouthwatering orange bark.. but didnt see your video… ? Michelle

  • Joy

    Michelle,
    You are so sweet, thank you! I’m not entered in the contest this year. The Orange Cream Cacao Bark was a submission from my first year out of raw culinary.
    Hope all is well with you,
    Joy

  • THANK YOU for this. I am going to try it. I have been frustrated with other recipes but mainly because I am never given the temp for dehydrating. My poor Excalibur has been so desiring to have Kale chips in it. Super excited. Thanks so much.

  • Joy

    Linda,
    Let me know what you think of these. Try a batch of the Raw Vegan Ranch Dressing as the coating instead of the cheesy coating described above. Simply add less almond milk so you keep a thick (sour cream-like) consistency. You’ll end up with a delicious ranch flavored chip. Addictive!

    Joy

  • Joy.

    You have created a monster. I am absolutely in love with this recipe. They worked perfectly. The first time I only made a half batch, since my previous tries have been flops (wrong type of kale and temp was not right.) My 2.5 year old could not stop eating them, which meant I did not get very many. I had to wait 4 whole days before I could get to the store to get more kale! Those were the longest days of my life. I currently have 2 batches in the dehydrator, with 2 more ready to go.

    These are so yummy, especially adding our unprocessed vanilla agave nectar. I will so try the other recipe. I keep going through other flavor option in my head. So happy that I can make my own now. I have shared this recipe everywhere.

    Thanks again for making our life that much more healthier and happier.

    Your new best friend. 🙂

    Love

    Linda

  • Joy

    Wow Linda, you made my day. I thought I was the only person who got THAT excited about kale chips! I’m happy to have been of service to you and your little one. My 3 year old loves them too and we share a giggle when our smiles are dotted with kale chips in our teeth. These might not be “first-date-food” but they are a tasty favorite at our house too!

    Thanks for being part of the community here at The Delicious Revolution and thanks for sharing the recipe around!

    Joy

  • These Kale Chips are…. “AHHHHHHHH-MAAAAAZZZIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGG!” (think Archer)

    I just might re-name them “Kale-RITOS” cause it’s like a NachoCheesy Dorrito that fights cancer instead of causing it 😉

    YUM.

  • Joy

    Oooh, much better name! Kale-ritos. I like that. Naming recipes has always been a struggle for me. Maybe I should just post them here and let the community name them! The only recipe name I really love is for the raw, vegan coffee alternative The Maca F.A.C.A. And I only love it because it’s fun to say.

  • kate

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
    These are FANTASTIC!!! We LOVE them, and I was so tired of spending so much money on store bough kale chips. My family and I are so happy <3

  • Joy

    Kate,
    I have a huge soft spot for family’s that snack together & stay healthy together. I’m thrilled to know this recipe has contributed to that- and to saving money! Thank you for being in the conversation here on The Delicious Revolution.

    Joy

  • JANE

    Hi Joy,
    I just received my dehydrator today — I ordered the one you recommended. I too LOVE kale chips and am super excited to dehydrate this weekend. I love your website —- please keep the recipes coming! 🙂

  • Joy

    Jane,
    You will thoroughly enjoy your dehydrator. Be sure to try the onion flax crackers! Also try the coconut warps. Both recipes are in the RECIPE section for free here on the site! Congratulations on your new gadget! And thank you for the kind words. I’ve been swamped at work so I have lots of new recipes to upload & share.
    Joy

  • Lee Anne

    I am all over this!! My current favorite is Chipotle Kale Chips…can’t wait to try this variation!! I have finally bought nutritional yeast, and have been using it for all sorts of things! Thanks Lovely!

  • Joy

    Glad you like them! A chipotle version of kale chips sounds delicious! I’m working on perfecting my ranch version. I’ll share it soon!

  • Martella

    Hi Joy,
    thanks so much for the recipe I will be all over it in the next few days
    by the way what kind of kale do you use — I do not see it in the recipe above
    maybe I am just missing it
    Thanks again

  • Joy

    Martella,
    Thank you for your question! My favorite kale to use for this recipe is the curly kale. Unlike something like lacinto with a flatter leaf, the curls & crevices make great little spots for the “sauce” to collect & get VERY crunchy and delicious. It will work with any type of kale, but the curly kale is my favorite. Great question.
    Thank you,
    Joy

  • Linda J

    Only making these for the 20th time! They are soooo good. Thanks again and again.

  • Joy

    Linda,
    As I got your comment in my email box, my house too is filling with the yummy smell of these delicious snacks.

    Cheers,
    Joy

  • Nikki sharp

    Love this recipe. I’m actually about to start selling my own versions of kale chips, carrot fries and sweet potato chips to my local gym 🙂

    Quick question about these though- I don’t have a dehydrator. I use an oven instead and do 176C for 10minutes. After an hour the chips go less crunchy. Is this because I’m not using the dehydrator or will the rice bags help with the crunch of them?
    Thanks!!!

  • Joy

    Nikki,
    Whether you use a dehydrator or the oven, the chips must have something to keep them from drawing up moisture from their surroundings. That is why pre-packaged kale chips come with that little white bag inside that says “DO NOT EAT” on it, that pouch absorbs moisture. In my opinion, the dehydrator gives a far superior flavor result to the oven. Since there is also the nutritional benefit of keeping the enzymes intact- I highly prefer the dehydrator to the oven for this recipe.
    I wish you the best on your business venture! The world needs more people to make healthy snack fast & easy!

    Thank you,
    Joy

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  • Sabine

    Just wanted to thank you for this fantastic recipe! I made my first batch last week and have cleared my local green grocer out of curly kale since. Yes, really! He’s getting some more tomorrow for my third batch 🙂

    Even my meat eating, convenience food loving work mates love your kale chips! Last time I took some into work with me, there was a noticeable gravitational pull towards my desk!

    I added chilli and paprika to my last batch. Gives them a nice edge for those of use love a bit of heat.

  • Joy

    Your are so welcome Sabine. I have to share a funny story with you about bringing these to work. I brought a glass, airtight container of these kale chips to work and had them sitting on my desk. I forgot about them as I delved into work. Later I got this “Awe yeah!” and a deep nod from the guy in our office who is always rocking out to dub step. A little later,I got a very odd look from our SEO gal. Then our Pinterest-obssesed designer came over and took a picture of it, posting it with the comment, “Those are Kale chips, don’t smoke them.” Too funny.

  • Ben M.

    These really are excellent. We make them every week now. Thank you!

  • Andrea

    Hi Joy,
    Thanks for the recipe. Haven’t tried it yet as I just found it, but it looks far superior to the other kale chip recipes out there. Anyway, in the comment section you mentioned you were working on perfecting your ranch version. Ranch kale chips are my fav and I was wondering if you did end up perfecting a recipe for them. I read also in your previous comments that a quick fix is to just add ranch dressing on top instead, which I’ll try – just wondering if you came up with a tastier alternative.

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!
    Andrea

  • TahoeGal

    I made 2 batches-one with this cheesy mix and one with a thick version of your ranch recipe as you had suggested to another.
    Oh my goodness…yesss these are good!
    Your ranch recipe ended up making what I would say is an improvement on every level to “Sour Cream and Onion” Potato chips. Wow!!
    I do not like using Agave in any form (much research shows it is not a good choice-still a highly processed sugar syrup) So I soak dates and peel skin off and process them with a bit of the soak water to make a sweet liquid similar to agave but still a whole food!
    Thank you so much!!!! I love the chips I get at my local health food store, but they are $5 for a 3 oz portion!
    As a recommendation for rice packets… I would NEVER re-use anything for this… buy some 100% cotton cheese cloth… roughly chop the rice (in a clean coffee grinder) to give it more fresh surface area to absorb the moisture.
    In this application what you re-use might add off flavor to any food you are trying to keep.
    My 2 cents.
    Again, thank you for 2 amazing recipes for Kale chips!!!
    Get your Kale Chip ON~!!

  • Joy

    Andrea,
    Indeed I will share the ranch recipe version of my kale chips. Thank you for asking- I had forgotten! I will drop you an email one I post it so that you can start rocking that flavor too. Thanks for being here in the conversation with me!
    Joy

  • Joy

    Thanks for the tips Tahoe Gal. Reach out if you are ever visiting San Diego! It would be great to connect.

  • Sara

    OMG the best kale chips ever!!

  • Joy

    Glad you enjoy them Sara.

  • Sunniva

    These were. SO. amazing!! I couldn’t help myself from trying a couple even before I dehydrated them, and I’ll sure make the sauce as a dressing for salad some time.
    While writing this, I’ve already devoured half the batch, thank you so much for this recipe!

    By the way, what equals a ‘large batch’ of kale to you? My bags is only 200g where I live, so I used almost two.

  • Joy

    Sunniva,
    Beautiful name! I will measure in grams next time, to confirm. But I believe each bunch I use is aprox. 300g. Once bunch will give you VERY coated & crunchy chips. Using two batches will be a lighter coating and more kale flavor comes through. Experiment and see what you like. For newbies- I give them the heavier coating to get them interested and excited to incorporate kale. For hard core kale lovers- the lighter batch is a big hit.
    Thank you,
    Joy

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  • Keilah S

    I had one MAJOR problem with this recipe: I ate ALL my yummy Kale chips in one day. Going to buy more kale tomorrow. This is worth keeping in stock! Thanks!

  • Elisa Chehab

    Another way to enjoy kale is: torn washed leaves into bite sizes, add ev olive oil, some sea salt, lemon juce, then with your hands massage well till wilted, then add some dried cranberries, diced mango and finally sprinkle with some pepita or sunflower seeds, Bon Apetit.

  • Julie L

    Yes, thanks for the tips. I would love to know where you buy your kale chips ~ are here, they’re $8 for 2 ounces! Yikes! Making my own….

  • Julie L

    Joy, I see this was posted 6 months ago. I searched your site~do you have a recipe for ranch kale chips? I bought a dehydrator and tried your cheesy recipe. Success! I would love to try the ranch version.

  • Rosana Price

    Thanks for that info, TahoeGal! I am healing body from Cancer cells that last year was told on kidneys. but trusting God in my healing. so, been working and doing best as I am blessed with money to buy foods.
    I can’t have anything that has sugar. I too knew in my heart that Stevia and Agave were not good. We did some research and you have to be careful with the Stevia where you get it and what’s in it too!
    Thanks so much will do this. How long did you soak it and how much water in food processor? How many?
    Rosana

  • Kim Balcioni

    Hi – do you have to use a dehydrator? Can you bake or roast it? I live in a small place and i do not have room for another applicance. Help 🙂

  • Kim,
    Yes you can do these in the oven. The flavor is infinitely better when dehydrated and the benefits of preserved enzymes and phyto-nutrients will be missing by cooking them in your oven. That said they are still delicious and a much better alternative to fried potato chips! Every step counts!

  • Sounds delicious!

  • Treana

    I made these yesterday and they are DELICIOUS! I don’t have a dehydrator, so I just put them in the oven at about 120 degrees overnight and they were very crunchy and such great flavor! I recently moved to Germany, where I have not found any kale chips. I was surprised when I found kale at the farmers market last week. Now I have my kale chips! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  • Julie

    I just made this with sundried tomatos instead of the bell pepper and I added garlic powder. This is a good replacement for doritos.

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  • KeyMan

    Got my first batch in the dehydrator now.

    I hope nobody minds my little tips…

    I found it easier to break up the kale first then rinse and spin. Didn’t have onion powder or pepper so subbed ginger and used a roma tomato.

    Also, I think my stores super sized the kale so I put some aside in the name of cheesy flavor. I hope the gods will be pleased!

    Happy Diwali to all!

    Jeff

  • Hi Joy…these look great. I’m going to make them this weekend. Can you suggest an alternative to agave? We don’t normally use it (or honey) so I’d prefer not to buy a whole bottle. What is the reason for it, can one perhaps make the chips without it? Thanks, Ang 🙂

  • Michelle Millier

    I just made these today! I added a bit more nutritional yeast for an extra cheesy taste. They’re delicious! Do you happen to have the nutritional info for this recipe?

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