Cheezy Kale Chips


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

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Cheezy Kale Chips

By Averie Sunshine
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for a few hours
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • Dash Black Pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 Tsp of Agave
  • Optional: Splash of water if mixture is too thick to blend
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and trimmed


  • 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)
  • Place kale in a large mixing bowl and pour sauce mixture over kale and massage it into the kale very well using your hands.
  • Dehydrate for 4 to 8 hours, or until desired crispness is reached, flipping intermittently.
  • Or, bake in a 200F oven (optionally keep with the door ajar) for about 3 hours, or until done and crispy, flipping intermittently.


Serving: 1, Calories: 218kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Sodium: 520mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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.

Sliced red pepper, kale, lemon and cashews on countertop

After blending

Ingredients after being blended in blender

Smooth consistency but not perfectly pureed is how I prefer it

Tamper holding up some of the blended mixture

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

Kale in bowl with blended mixture poured over 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!)

Mixed up kale and blended mixture placed on lined dehydrator tray

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.

Close up of covered kale on dehydrator tray

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!

Close up of blended mixture over kale

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

Finished Cheezy Kale Chips on dehydrator trays
Overhead of Kale Chips on dehydrator tray

Thin-n-crispyraw vegan kale chip

Hand holding up one crispy Cheezy 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

Up close of hand holding front of Kale Chip

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!

Large Kale Chip on dehydrator tray
Have you ever tried or made kale chips?


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    1. So old but you know what, the recipe still works :) And it makes a killer dip, too! For any kind of veggies, etc!

  1. Ah, now this recipe I can totally approve, even without tasting! I almost always prefer salty to sweet and these sound great.


  2. What an incredibly amazing idea! I just recently started experimenting with kale chips, trying to spice it up with different things like salt, pepper, cinnamon etc. This is certainly a must try!

    1. Ditto :)

      Or that make it out of the dehyd in true crispy form after all the taste-testing and sampling over the many hours while they are dehydrating…