Kale Chips are a delicious part of your Feeling Better Every Day plan.
It doesn’t matter what kind of a diet you are following – kale chips are a tasty, crunchy snack that many people love. They are made easily in a dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can set your oven to a very low setting.
If you want to retain the nutrients of the raw ingredients, be sure and keep the temperature at around 115 degrees or lower (fahrenheit). I set them in the dehydrator at 115 and I’ll leave them overnight because I like them crunchy. They are filled with great Kale nutrients (see below), B vitamins from the nutritional yeast, and all of the value that spices bring.
Raw Kale Chips
1 clove garlic
1 C raw cashews soaked at least 2 hours
1 C raw sunflower seeds soaked 2 hours (You can use all sunflower seeds if raw cashews are very expensive or difficult to get where you live)
1/2 c water
3T olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 c nutritional yeast
1 t sea salt
If you want to add a “supercharged” Spice – use some Turmeric.
I like to add some peppers like jalapeno or other hot peppers.
I diced a hot Hungarian pepper from our garden for this batch.
You can add any spices that you like. Be adventurous!
Drain the seeds/nuts and place them in a food processor.
Add all other ingredients except the oil.
Blend until the consistency of hummus, or peanut butter.
Add the oil and blend a little more (the goal is not to overmix the oil)
Wash 2 bunches of kale (any type, I like Dino kale)
Tear the leaves off of the stems, tear into bit sized pieces
place them all in a large mixing bowl.
(You can save the stems to juice!)
Dump the mixture over the top of the kale and gently
massage it until every piece is well-covered with the mix. Your hands will get messy!
Place the pieces on dehydrator trays. I use the mesh screens so the air flows easily.
Place in the dehydrator and set to 115 degrees. Let dry until crispy as desired.
Store in a large jar.
Enjoy them! If you have people in your family that are not usually excited about green veggies, give these a try.
Kale Nutritional Overview
One cup of kale contains:
less than 50 calories, 1 gram of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. There is no cholesterol or saturated fat and very little naturally occurring sodium, just 40 milligrams. One cup of kale contains more than 1,000 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K, more than 300 percent of your RDA for vitamin A and 200 percent of the vitamin C you need daily. In additional to those vitamins, kale is a good source of minerals and contains 40 percent of your manganese, 14 percent of your calcium and copper needs and 13 percent of your potassium requirement, for people following a 2,000-calorie diet.