I have something AWESOME to share. I got one of the best of gifts, a friend of mine brought me some of her homegrown kale! Yay! Fresh kale, if you haven’t had it before, it taste a lot different than the one from the super market. It has much more flavor (which might not be a good thing for some), it has a ton more nutrients, and last way longer in the fridge. I highly recommend buying fresh homegrown kale at least once so that you can get a true taste of kale. When having so much kale, I always make kale chips. This is my easy cheesy kale chip recipe that I’m happy to finally share with you.
Easy Cheesy Kale Chips (Dehydrated)
Yes, kale chips are AWESOME! Our favorite way to enjoy kale chips is always with some kind of cheesy flavor. These easy cheesy kale chips are our family favorite. I haven’t really tried any other kale chip recipes yet since this one is just so good. I eventually want to explore other flavors but this is definitely our main go to kale chip recipe.
So you would never believe that they are vegan. I usually make them in the dehydrator since it’s actually what is easier for me. I usually put them in before bed and then the following day they are ready around snack time, perfect huh?!. I do make them in the oven at times but I prefer them in the dehydrator. But it makes no difference if the kale was cooked or dehydrated. In fact, in terms of antibody production, the cooked kale outperformed its raw counterpart! Read more about the benefits of kale, here.
The ingredient that gives this recipe it’s cheesy flavor if you haven’t already guessed is nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast – or “nooch”, as we say at home, has some seriously magical powers. Plant-based cooking is easy once you learn the basics and with a little cooking magic this stuff can go from dry yellow flakes to a rich, creamy-cheesy sauce. It makes a great alternative to cheese with added health benefits like protein and B vitamins.
I’ve tried many of the kale chips brands but in all honesty nothing beats homemade, plus, even though many of those brands are tasty, they often are pretty pricey. Making them at home allows you to make as many as you like, well really as much as you can fit in the dehydrator and it’s a lot cheaper on your pockets.
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 large tomato
- ⅓ cup Nutritional Yeast
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 garlic clove
- In a food processor or blender, blend/pulse, cashews, tomato, Nutritional Yeast, salt, garlic and into a smooth cheese sauce, scraping down sides as needed.
- Remove the stem from the kale and put the kale into a large mixing bowl and drizzle cheesy sauce on top.
- Use tongs to massage the kale to soften its texture and disperse the sauce evenly.
- Place the kale on the dehydrator sheets and set the temperature to 118° F. Dehydrate for 10-12 hours. Enjoy!
I hope you give this recipe a try and if you do, rate it, take a picture and tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural or, pin it for later on Pinterest. I love seeing what you all are cooking in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more simple plant powered recipes!