Have you tried kale chips yet?  Did you think they were “just ok” but didn’t get the hype?  That’s probably because you didn’t have these.  All too often I see recipes for kale chips that include nothing more than “olive oil, salt, pepper and an optional seasoning of your choice.”  No.  That’s boring.  I tried simple kale chips and was thoroughly underwhelmed.  In the end, kale just isn’t that exciting until you jazz it up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love kale and eat it almost every day.  But I need some ZING in my snacks.   Let me tell you now:  these chips have zing.  Tahini adds a thick creaminess, lime juice provides that perfect acidity, nutritional yeast creates mouth-watering cheesiness and the red pepper flakes add heat.  You don’t need salty processed chips to give you that savoriness we all crave.  You need these.  Try not to eat them all at once, though.

I use a dehydrator when I make these spicy tahini kale chips.  Mine is pretty cheap and it works perfectly well for veggie and fruit chip snacks.  But I mostly use it for kale chips and it has been worth every penny.  I prep them before I go to bed and the next morning I wake up with ready-to-go snacks.  I realize that most of you don’t have dehydrators sitting around so I’ve included oven directions here.


Spicy Tahini Kale Chips
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Serves: 3-4 servings
  • 1 large bunch of kale, inner ribs removed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (or plug in your dehydrator). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
  2. Wash and thoroughly dry the kale, then remove the leaves from the tough inner stem. Slice or rip into large pieces. Remember- they'll shrink as they dehydrate so don't go too small. Place in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the kale and coat each leaf thoroughly. It's messy, but the best way to do this is with your hands.
  4. Spread the chips in a single layer on the baking sheet or in the dehydrator. The dehydrator should take approximately 8 hours. The oven will take up to an hour (start checking on them after 30 minutes. They're ready when the seasonings are completely dry and the kale is crispy.


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  1. I agree kale chips need more flavor. Yours look great! And “chipped” lol is about the only way I like kale… I will have to look for some at my FM and try this.

  2. Ugh everyone is posting about the wonders of kale, you just inspire me to get my act together and make these :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. I’m all about the zing! Love the Tahini here.

  4. My favorite kale salad recipe uses tahini, lemon juice, tamari and garlic. I will certainly try these when the kale rolls in.

  5. The Squishy Monster says:

    Kale is one of my top ingredients I’m loving to play with right now–thanks for introducing us to another way to preparing it!

  6. Such a good idea – until I came to the dehydrator that I don’r have! I love tahini and get my son to bring me huge plastic bottles of Egyptian tahina from a Middle Eastern store at the end of his road in London. I suppose nutritional yeast is Marmite. Great flavour combination and I love the picture.

  7. Tahini is such a fabulous addition. I agree with you. Kale could certain use a little more zing.

  8. Francesca says:

    Have been wanting to make my own kale chips…but never thought to incorporate tahini. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Love the idea of using tahini in these!

  10. I love the idea of a dehydrator ! I remember going to a farmer’s market once and they had dehydrated ginger crisps that were dipped in dark chocolate and I have always wanted one but couldn’t justify it but I think this would persuade me :)

  11. the colour and light in that photo is amazing!!

  12. These look like a great twist on baked kale chips!

  13. I love recipes that use tahini or sesame in general. Too bad I don’t have a dehydrator..

  14. I love kale chips and eat them at least once a week. I’ll have to post my finally perfected recipe. It took forever to figure out. Hot pepper flakes are a must.

  15. These sound Amazing! Thanks for including oven directions too. :)

  16. I think you cracked the flavour issue with kale chips, but you might have to send them out to all of us ;-)

  17. Oooooh, I’m going to have to try these. I have had kale chips, and you’re right, I wasn’t that impressed. But these look delicious!

  18. Yum! I eat something like this for a snack almost every day. I always have to drink it with LOTS of water though.. the dehydrated kale sucks all of the water out of my system. Have you ever noticed that?

  19. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Give me spicy and I’m in LOVE.

  20. Yum! These sound delicious!

  21. I have yet to try Kale chips… this might finally make me do it :)

  22. So I’ve never tried kale before. I also live under a rock. But these look REALLY good.

    • Hayley, it took awhile to convert me but now kale is my absolute favorite green and a great balance to all of the sugar I consume. It’s by far the healthiest. These chips are great and I also use it in smoothies. Lately my favorite my to enjoy it is sauteed with olive oil, onions, garlic, salt and pepper!

  23. What a great way to add extra flavor to kale chips. I love this!

  24. Honestly that picture doesn’t look the most delicious especially when I think of chips. Maybe if you left kale out of it haha. It’s hard to force myself to eat healthy things like kale or cabbage. I revert to being a little kid and saying Blegh! I don’t wanna!!! The Tahini part sounds great!

  25. Yeah, I’m all about “zing” too! Looks like a terrific recipe. I haven’t tried kale chips yet because I’ve been, well, wondering. ;-) I should try these – thanks.

  26. These sound so interesting! I have to admit, I’m hooked on plain ole salted kale chips dipped in ketchup or even a little sriracha. :)

  27. I do love plain old kale chips with lots of parmesan, but I’m also intrigued by the heartier store-bought versions that use tahini and cashews and the like! These seem more like those!

  28. LOVE kale chips and the addition of tahini sounds too delish!!

  29. I haven’t tried kale chips yet. Unfortunately kale is nowhere to be found here. So I’ll admire and drool over yours. Love the top photo. Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  30. I love kale as well. I had it only with polish white cheese dumplings, but I am happy to try more recipes :)

  31. I would love to try these unique delicious kale chips- they look and sound so good;-)

  32. I bought a package of kale chips and was disappointed.. now I can try making these instead! They look so much better!!

  33. I can not wait to try these! I love kale and kale chips and love the zing in these. You have given me a reason to get out my dehydrator.

  34. I paid a small fortune at Whole Foods for a small bag of kale chips! I am very excited about a recipe! :-) VERY excited. :-)

  35. I made these last night, and they are so delicious! If using the oven, I would recommend covering the baking sheet in parchment paper. I also tried a sheet using my silpat, and they took significantly longer to dry out. Thanks for the recipe!

  36. My husband loves kale chips with just a bit of olive oil and sea salt, but I, however, need more punch. These look delicious! Thank you for sharing another lovely recipe. A much needed jump start to a slow and dreary morning. I hope you have a beautiful day!

  37. I’ve never made kale chips, but I’ve wanted to. This version sounds much tastier than the *ahem* plain counterpart. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. I love kale chips and lots of nutri yeast! The cheezy factor gets me every time. Perfect chips!

  39. Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Love everything about these kale chips!

  40. WOW – I’m already craving these and I haven’t even tasted them yet! Love all the flavors! What a yummy, healthy snack. Thanks, Jen!

  41. These kale chips look absolutely wonderful – I love your addition of tahini + red pepper flakes – YUM!

  42. I just bought a dehydrator to make beef jerky this weekend but I’ll be wanting to give these babies a go too. I was never a fan of kale chips (because you’re right, they can be boring) but this recipe makes them sound so much better than potato chips. Thanks for sharing!

  43. I had these on my to-make list for so long… The spicy in these will make my Hubs excited for these too so I have to make them now :) Thank you for the oven instructions, Jen!

  44. I haven’t tried kale chips yet but have been meaning to. Glad to know there’s an easy way to do it in the oven.

  45. This looks like an awesome recipe! I have a feeling I can get a lot of people converted to eating kale if I make this for them… Thanks, Jen!

  46. I totally want to make these, but what is “nutritional yeast” and do I need it in this recipe?

    • You can omit the nutritional yeast but I recommend trying it! The kale chips won’t be as good without it. You can buy it at most grocery stores these days and places like Whole Foods and organic markets. It has a cheesy salty flavor.

  47. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  48. what is nutritional yeast?

  49. These are absolutely wonderful! I am making them now for the second time and will be making them for many more times. :) Wonderful flavor and ohhhh…so tastey!!

  50. Wow, those look wonderful. What a great photo too.

  51. I have a dehydrator but the temperature only goes upto 75 degrees Celsius. What setting/temperature should I be using?

  52. Sounds so very easy and looks so very delicious! Beautiful recipe!!!

  53. I’m so glad you posted these on Google+. I saw the dehydrator bit and thought awwww, then the oven instructions, yay!


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