Cheezy Kale Chips

I love kale chips and here’s my recipe with a visual guide below

Cheezy Kale Chips (raw, vegan, gluten-free)
Prep time
Total time
  • 1 c cashews (soaked for a few hours)
  • 1 red bell pepper (de-seeded)
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (juice of ½ a lemon)
  • 3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast, aka Nooch (use 2 Tbsp if you want them milder and less cheesy)
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • Dash Black Pepper
  • Optional: ½ Tsp of Agave
  • Optional: Splash of water if mixture is too thick to blend
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and trimmed
  1. Blend all ingredients (other than kale) together in your Vita-Mix, blender, or food processor. (I processed my cashews for 30 secs alone, first but not necessary)
  2. Place kale in a large mixing bowl and pour sauce mixture over kale and massage it into the kale very well using your hands.
  3. Dehydrate for 4 to 8 hours, or until desired crispness is reached, flipping intermittently.
  4. Or, bake in a 200F oven (optionally keep with the door ajar) for about 3 hours, or until done and crispy, flipping intermittently.

Blend all these ingredients together  in your Vita-Mix, Blendtec, or food processor.  I processed my cashews for 30 secs alone, first.  But not necessary.

After blending

Smooth consistency but not perfectly pureed is how I prefer it

Wash and de-stem one large bunch of kale and tear into pieces and pour the mixture on top

Massage in with your hands & Put on Teflex lined screens to Dehydrate


(last time I made them I didn’t have my Teflex screen liners and let’s just say the chip coating mixture leaked everywhere.  Not so fun.  I was way more prepared today!)

It’s unseasonably hot here today, like 100F.  I don’t need a dehydrator, I could just put my kale chips on my back patio table and roll that way.  Kidding, sort of.

But into the Magic Box they went.

It has been suggested to dehydrate at 105 F for 12 hours.  I have a tendency to dehydrate a little warmer and for less amount of time, but that’s because I am impatient and want to start munchin’ my chips!

….After their time in the Magic Box, I finally got to enjoy!

Thin-n-crispyraw vegan kale chip

Some of them still have a lil of the chunky red pepper action going onbecause the coating mixture was smooth-ish but not totally pureed as I noted

And if they make it a container, you can put all your chippy’s into a reusable container or just devour 2 screens worth at once.  I won’t tell.  Promise.  They are savory, cheesy, crunchy, and I totally wouldn’t blame you!

Have you ever tried or made kale chips?


79 comments on “Cheezy Kale Chips”

  1. i think I would LOVE to live with you.
    hoesntly. raw pudding!? coconut desserts? your makeup ;) !!!
    all amazing

    you and your daughter are so beautiful :-)

  2. wow you are totally rocking that yoga pose. i have never tried that one!
    i have to agree with devan! everything in your house looks amazing. i would love to try some pro bars but i cant get them here in singapore sadly, they look very promising though!
    your daughter is such a sweetheart. i love her smile in the photos.
    have a great day averie

  3. Love the hair Averie! I get mine done but with bleach, not good for the hair, but I just love the look. All other shades turn out too brassy.

    And that pudding?! My mouth literally dropping at that lusciousness!

  4. Lovin' the updated color – I didn't know you weren't a natural blond! ;)

    Love the new t-shirt, and that sweet baby girl sneaking into some pics too!

    Asking for my money back? I'd really have to be unhappy about something to ask for my money back – but when I do I just try to be sweet and polite, figuring I'm gonna have a better chance if I'm laying the sugar on! (Sweet, but not SICKLY sweet!)

  5. Love your hair – looks great:) I am naturally very dark brown hair and want to try a more blonde look but i'm sorta scared haha…

    Love the mousse recipe – i do the exact same thing with carob powder for my 17 month old son and sometimes add a dash of cinnamon. He loves the stuff and we call it his chocolate pudding:) When i make it for me, i use half cocoa and half carob b/c i need my chocolate fix!! but for him, he doesn't need caffeine to add to his ongoing energy haha…

    Great recipes – i'm thoroughly enjoying your blog!!

  6. Your hair looks great!! And raw mousse? OMG!

  7. Chocolate posts are my fave, and I love the shirt. I've wanted one like it, but I already have the 3/4 sleeve athletic version sold on the site a couple years ago. It is brown with pink lettering. Very cute.

    I'm not big on returning and refunds. I guess it is because I worked in retail when I was younger. I hated returns.

    I had a terrible haircut once. I actually didn't say anything about it until I got to the car. I broke down in tears and went to the Hair Cuttery to fix it. They actually did a great job and it was cheap.

  8. Same here! The older I get (that makes me sound like I'm ninety), the less embarrassed I am to return items/complain about unacceptable service. It must be part of growing up and becoming comfortable in your own skin. You stop caring so much what other people think. LOVE IT!

  9. Hi.. can I move in and have you cook for me?? Loving in the pics.. Your highlites look great from up above!!! :)

    Have a super duper day Averie!! ;)

  10. Everything looks great Averie! All your chocolate messes and the bars :).

    You know I have tried the avocado, choc. thing before and it just wasnt jiven for me. Maybe I should try again. I dont think I chilled it and I think I mashed it with a spoon :(.

    Have a great day!


  11. Seriously every vegan chocoholic would probably pay for you to fly to them and live with them for a week. I'm not even a chocoholic and everytime I read your blog I want chocolate more and more!

    that yoga pose is badass girl!

  12. Yay for raw chocolate mousse! Yay for chocolate ANYTHING! But when it is in pudding or mousse form it seems even MORE delicious, doesn't it? So luscious and perfect and….now I have to go make some!

  13. All the chocolatey goodness is killing me!

    I'm pretty timid about asking for refunds/returns. If it's food, sometimes I suck it up and find other uses for them (example: mushy apples, which I've gotten a lot when I buy them in a bag, get turned into applesauce) but if something is completely inedible, I'll take it back. Most stores I shop at have great customer service and don't ask any questions. As for hair… well, I'm quite scared to go to new places. My girl moved away 3 years ago and since then I don't do too much with my hair (I used to have a choppy angled bob with lots of layers and she always made it look fantastic) but about a year ago I went to a salon in the mall and the girl butchered my hair. It was super short and NOT what I asked for at all. I came home and cried, and my best friend said I should call, speak to the manager and explained the situation. She was like "yeah, come back, I'll make Julie fix it." WHY WOULD I WANT THE SAME GIRL WHO MESSED IT UP TO FIX IT?! We compromised and I met with the manager who made it somewhat bearable, but still, I wanted my money back. Didn't happen.

    Phew, that was long. Sorry! So now I am just a paranoid consumer, that's all :)

  14. No more boob shirts? Come Averie…we know you love to show off the girls! :)

    Great color and I love that your daughter was primping too. My daughter is a complete girl and is constantly checking out her reflection!

    I love the chocolate mousse. I have made it before and I keep meaning to try it as a frosting on some cupcakes.

  15. that mousse looks amazing! i need to recreate is as soon as possible!

  16. Choco licous is RIGHT!
    the mousse is just what the doctor ordered tonight!

    Returning things…no prob…I have MASTERED the fine art of nice but get my point across…

    hair…that's a whole other animal. I simply don't go to salons anymore..sooner or later I get a nasty cut and THAT's IT!

    Your new hightlights are so fun and beautiful and lil Skylar looks so sweet back there…like she's your assistant!

    Side crane pose looks easy but I jsut read the how to's and now I am not so sure. I am still figuring out the kukutasana…

    it's like pretzel stands instead of hand stand!

    Happy Thursday to ya!

  17. Hi Averie and thanks for the triple shout-out! It was great having you be a Guestie.

    Gosh, bad service bad apples- it really depends. the Vons at the bottom of our road is GREAT about returning stuff that's bad. Other stuff is on a case-by-case basis. And you have to look at the big picture- how much money was spent, if I want to go there again, who I know there…I always feel bad even though I shouldn't. Silly huh!

  18. I wish I was more proactive about asking for refunds. Usually I just don't say anything!!

  19. I have been meaning to try avocados in a mousse like dessert. I'm glad you showed a picture because it looks too good to pass up!

    If they don't give you your money back you can just remind them that you have plenty of friends to NOT recommend them too : )

    Love the new do by the way : )

  20. LOVE your hair!!

    And thanks always for the fab recipes!!

  21. Ooo I love ProBars, but I haven;t tried their new fruition ones. Sound yummy!

    I LOVE YOUR HAIR! That is so cool with the streaks and everything. I'd like to imagine you lounging around eating bon bon's all day lol. It seems so relaxing ;) Have a wonderful Thursday.

    As far as getting my money back.. I just go in, and if they ask why then I'll honestly tell them what happened or why I'm not satisfied.

    p.s. thank ya ma'am!

  22. Hooray for chocolate!

  23. That pudding looks soooo good. I'm hungry right now and that definitely DID NOT help! :P

    Love the hair :)

  24. I really, really wanted to make the chocolate snowballs yesterday, but Trader Joe's doesn't have coconut oil. I know you said I could do with out it, but you also said it is good for your immune system and that I need post marathon and swine flu!!! I just love your recipes Averie, I get so excited everyday when I take my lunch and see a new one!

  25. Pretty hair! I love it. I've never dyed my hair because it's so dark that I WOULD have to bleach it. It would be kind of fun to go blond, though…

    You and Skylar are so cute!

    That mousse! Those SNOWBALLS. Chocolate and coconut. Gotta have it! Right now, actually… going to go see what I can do!

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