Tongues on fire – Spiced Kale Chips

We made these Spiced Kale Chips at home because we love to eat clean, and we were surprised by how easy it was and how good it tastes. These chips are high in fibre content with great nutritional value and high in vitamins. Here’s our easy-to-follow recipe – it’s surprisingly simple and doesn’t take too much time or ingredients. With the right amount of chili powder, you can add that spicy kick that reminds us of those spicy Korean seaweed that we sometimes like to indulge in. The best part of making our own snacks is controlling the amount of salt (we didn’t even add any), and knowing there isn’t any MSG or preservatives in the chips.

Steps to making kale chips, with washing and using oven and serving

Left to right: Washing the kale; Kale in the oven; Kale in the oven later; Kale in the oven – almost done; Serve and enjoy!

Ingredients for Kale Chips

  • A bunch of fresh Kale
  • ½ tablespoon of virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional – we love the spicy kick!)
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt (optional – we didn’t add any)

We went grocery shopping, bought a bunch of Kale, brought them home and removed the stems. You can keep the stems for making green smoothies, or for compost. Less waste is always good!

It’s time to tear them up into the preferred size – we like our chips big so we tore the leaves into large pieces because they shrink in the oven! They usually end up about half the original size.

Wash the leaves, and let them dry as much as possible.

Massage the oil in and coat it nice and well. This will help the spices stick to the leaves if you are using them! Mix in the spices (and optional salt); toss well to get a good mix.

Spread the leaves out into a thin layer on each baking sheet.

We baked for 14 minutes at 140°C in our oven. Some say you can get a better result if you rotate the pan halfway through; we weren’t sure there’d be any noticeable difference so we skipped this step.

Kale chips seasoned with chili spice on a plate

Ta-da! Here’s what we had at the end! Yummy home-made snack that we could happily indulge in, knowing exactly what went into it. While some of our SURFSET Fitness friends were initially repulsed by what looked like baked leaves, no one could resist asking for more after trying one. Everyone conceded that they tasted oh so good, much better than it looks! We agree!

Kale chips by the pool with soda

Kale chips made by us; wild mushrooms from Made Real‘s October Halloween Snack Box, which also included Daily Juice‘s dehydrated citrus rings which we infused in soda water.

Our preferred munching pattern – snacking on them sitting by the pool, together with wild mushrooms, sipping on soda water infused with citrus rings. Now that’s a great way to spend a morning!

We were planning to bring more of these kale chips to the studio, but everything just gets wiped out so fast. It’s like everyone is just ravenous after some SURFSET Fitness sessions. No worries! We’ll make more! And we’ll bring more to the studio, so pop by and don’t be shy – ask us for the chips if that’s what you’re looking for.

Snacking in the studio is allowed, but only for clean people who don’t drop crumbs. We punish messy eaters by making them do shark kicks.