Kale chips are one of those things that people either love or hate. I’m somewhere in the middle because I love them when they’re done right. But I’ve tasted a lot of mediocre to bad kale chips over the years. I promise you- these are some of the best kale chips you’ll ever try. No joke. They’re thick, savory and crunchy. I’m kind of obsessed with them.
These are coated in a mixture of pureed cashews and roasted red pepper. The cashews add a perfect amount of thickness and crunch and the roasted red pepper is sweet with a hint of bitter. Lemon juice offers acidity and nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor without any actual cheese (this recipe is completely vegan).
I don’t often require specialty equipment for recipes but you do need a dehydrator for these kale chips. I tried dehydrating them in the oven and the cashews never set properly. I found mine on Amazon for $35 and it’s worth every penny (ps- that’s an Amazon affiliate link). I love making kale chips and I also use it for dehydrating various fruits and vegetables.
If you like the sound of this recipe, you should also check out my spicy tahini kale chips. They’re pretty awesome.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 small to medium red pepper
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- 8-10 ounces baby kale (regular kale may be substituted)
- Place the cashews in a container and cover by 2-3 inches with fresh water. Allow to soak for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Place the red pepper on a baking sheet lined with foil. Allow to roast for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs so that all sides roast evenly. Remove from the oven and allow to rest until the pepper is cool enough to handle. Peel and discard all of the skin as well as the stem and seeds.
- Rinse the cashews, discarding the water, and place in a blender along with the red pepper. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, olive oil, lemon juice and water. Puree until smooth.
- Place the kale in a large bowl. If using regular kale, remove the thick stems and rip the leaves into smaller pieces.
- Pour the cashew mixture over the kale and massage until the mixture is evenly distributed.
- Taste to check for seasoning. If desired, add additional salt.
- Place the kale in the dehydrator and dehydrate according to manufacturer instructions.
The larger the red pepper, the stronger that flavor will be. I used a medium sized red pepper. Nutritional yeast can be found in most grocery stores or purchased
Recipe inspired by kale chips at Elizabeth's Gone Raw in DC.