It doesn’t matter how many times I make these Cheezy (Cheesy) Raw Kale Chips, they hardly ever make it out of the dehydrator!
I eat some while I’m preparing them…and some more before I even start the dehydrator.
Then when I go to periodically check on them, my boys want to taste “just one” and eats them right out of the dehydrator before they are even finished.
They aren’t even crunchy yet and he’ll eat a half tray full!
And I have never had enough to put away for later because they are always completely gone as soon as they come out of the dehydrator.
Not only are these great to snack on, but I’ll sometimes put a handful on my boy’s lunch or dinner plates as a green vegetable side dish.
Even though you can also make these in the oven (see my Vegan Cheesy Baked Kale Chips recipe), I prefer to use my dehydrator to keep them raw and all the nutrients intact that would get destroyed from the heat of the oven.
This healthy alternative to store-bought, S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) chips are raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, lectin-free, alkaline and paleo-friendly.
Want more healthy snack recipes? Check out my Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips, Habanero Kale Chips, Lemon Dill Kale Chips or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating snack recipes you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Kale:*
- high in iron
- excellent for detoxification
- powerful antioxidant
- high in calcium
- contains anti-inflammatory benefits
5 Fast Facts About Walnuts:*
- high quality vegan protein
- high in antioxidants
- rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- high in vitamin E
- improves blood lipids
5 Fast Facts About Extra-Virgin Olive Oil:*
- lowers blood cholesterol levels
- rich in antioxidants
- improves bone mineralization and calcification
- excellent prevention from heart attack and stroke
- anti-inflammatory benefits
5 Fast Facts About Nutritional Yeast:*
- vegan source of vitamin B12
- contains 18 amino acids and is a complete protein
- boosts immune system
- excellent antioxidant
- contains 15 different minerals
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I like to use curly kale, but I’m sure you could use whichever variety you have or prefer.
Tip #2: After you break the pieces of kale off the stems, don’t throw the stems away…save them for juicing!
Tip #3: I put mine on a mesh dehydrator tray and I do have a lot of the cheezy coating that falls through, so you might want to try the Paraflex sheet to avoid the mess. I just haven’t tried them on the Paraflex sheet so I don’t know how much it would alter the dehydrating time.
Raw Vegan Cheesy Kale Chips
Yield 2 - 4 servings
Raw / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Lectin-Free / No-Bake / Alkaline / Paleo-Friendly
- 8 handfuls organic kale (de-stemmed)
- 4 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
For the seasoning:
- De-stem 8 handfuls of kale (curly, dino, purple, whichever variety you prefer) and break into small bite sized pieces.
- Add the kale pieces and the extra virgin olive oil to a large mixing bowl and toss until the olive oil is evenly distributed and all the kale pieces are covered. Set aside.
- Add all the ingredients for the seasoning to a food processor and process until it has a fine, crumbly texture.
- Sprinkle 1/4 of the seasoning onto the kale pieces and toss as you would a salad.
- Continue to sprinkle the seasoning, 1/4 at a time, tossing each time to make sure each piece of kale is covered.
- Transfer the seasoned kale pieces to a mesh dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 115 degrees for approximately 8-12 hours, or until they are dry and crispy.
- Store in an air-tight container because they will lose their crispiness if exposed to moisture in the air.
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