Kale chips are one of my my favorite things ever. A little olive oil, sea salt, heat on 350 for 10 min and they taste like the thinnest, lightest potato chips. But have you ever had 'cheesy' kale chips? They are sold at Whole foods for about $9 for a cup and they are AMAZING. They taste just like Doritos... seriously! Except they are made with no cheese. The creaminess comes from cashews. It's real. These are vegan, and can be made raw with a food dehydrator. They are sooo good and guilt free.
Short of paying the $45/lb bulk rate for them, I had no idea how to make them... until now. BF and I have been talking about these for over a year, but we finally got it together to make them this past weekend! They were so amazing, we'll be making these again soon for sure.
Cheesy Kale Chips
(Makes: It doesn’t matter because you’ll eat them all in one day anyways)
- 1 bunch curly kale
- 1 cup cashews (soaked for anywhere between 2-5 hours)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, deseeded
- Juice of half a lemon (2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
- Other spices if you wish (cayenne, chili pepper, old bay, whatever you like)
Place washed and kale pieces in a large bowl (you want enough room so that you can mix the coating in later without the leaves falling out. make sure the leaves are really dry)
To make the cheesy coating: combine soaked cashews, bell pepper, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Add the cheesy coating to your bowl of kale and massage it in with your hands. Don’t worry too much about uneven distribution, cashews are delicious, so if there are a bunch on one chip it's fine.
For raw kale chips: place on dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 115 degrees until crispy. The time will vary, but make sure ALL the moisture is gone and they are legit crunchy.
Alternatively (if you don’t have a dehydrator), spread kale pieces on baking trays, and bake at 200 degrees until crispy, about 45 minutes (but again, all that matters is that they MUST be crunchy). I am super impatient and cooked mine 350 for about 15 min, tossed, then another 10 min. Just be extra careful not to burn them!
PS - no, I'm not blind, I know they look gross. And this isn't one of those 'healthy' vegan things that taste good only to people who eat raw because they haven't had real food for a decade. These are legit deliciousness.