A Crunchy and Delicious Snack
Leafy greens such as kale are among the most healthy vegetables you can eat. Kale is packed full of Vitamins A, K, and C as well as nutrients like potassium, calcium, and manganese, just to name a few. All of the health benefits of kale put it high up on the list of “superfoods”.
While kale is an amazing, nutrient dense food, it is not always the most palatable to some people. Personally, I am not a huge fan of raw kale and it is definitely not the first food I turn to when I am looking for a snack. I have been trying hard to decrease my sugar intake lately (including natural sugars like honey and maple syrup). One way I have found to do this is switch out sweet snacks, like muffins and granola bars, for vegetables. Kale chips are a great way that I incorporate more leafy greens into my diet. They are salty, crunchy, and delicious!
Since our greenhouse is currently overflowing with Siberian Kale, I have been using my fabulous new dehydrator to make as many kale chips as I can. Making kale chips in the oven is definitely an option if you don’t have a dehydrator but I have to say that dehydrating is much easier. The kale dries out more evenly and you don’t have to check it as frequently to prevent burning. Dehydrating is a great way to preserve extra produce and I plan on utilizing as much as possible for my garden harvest this year.
Dehydrator Kale Chips
- 4 cups Kale any variety will work
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
Chop the kale into medium size pieces, remove the spines. They will shrink down once dehydrated so don't make them too small.
Place the kale in a large bowl and use your hands to toss together with the olive oil and salt.
Spread the kale pieces out in a single layer on the dehydrator trays.
Turn the dehydrator on at 145 degrees for 1 hour and then decrease to 115 degrees for approx 2-3 more hours. The length of time will vary based on the thickness of the type of kale you use. The kale chips are done when they are completely dry and crunchy.
Are you looking for more nutritious, dehydrator recipes? This Berry and Spinach Fruit Leather is a must try!