Spicy Sesame Kale Chips

My favorite snack.

1 lb Kale

Wash the kale very well. Sand in your kale is not delicious. Pull or cut leaf from ribs and make into chip-sized pieces.


Save ribs for stock or doggie treats. Shake kale dry. You don’t need to run it through the salad spinner. A little extra moisture on the leaves will be fine in the marinade.

In a gallon sized freezer bag, mix marinade.

2 TB crushed red pepper flakes

6 TB nutritional yeast

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast

2 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp salt

3 TB sesame oil

2 TB water

Shove all the kale in the bag and zip closed. Massage the leaves very well to coat evenly with seasoning.  Lay out on dehydrator trays. 1 lb of kale usually requires 4 trays.

Seasoned Kale on Dehydrator Tray

Seasoned Kale on Dehydrator Tray

Dehydrate 8 hours at 110 degrees. Store in an air tight container.

Feed kale ribs to dogs since they are whining in the kitchen.

Geez I’m a push over…

My Dogs REALLY love kale “bones.” Yup, I’m one of those tacky people who dotes on her dogs even though this blog has nothing to do with dogs.


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  1. where does one get a dehydrator? how much does it cost and if you are unskilled at cooking/broke can you just leave them out for a bit and them pop them on a cookie tray? that’s what i do with my normal kale chips… could you use a hair dryer? hmm…

    • I use a dehydrator to keep the enzymes in tact. Enzymes break down over 140 degrees F. You can bake these in an oven. Then these chips are a “cooked” food instead of a “raw” food. These chips are very easy to make, so the only skill you need is the ability to massage a bag of kale. Think of it as playing with a stress ball.

      Dehydrators vary in capacity and functionality but they operate on the same principle: low temp moving air. I have a really high end one (because I really do use it constantly) made by Excalibur http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/about.htm with a heat control and timer. Not a cheap appliance. But it is well made and I use it to make so many things we eat every day.

      You cannot use a hair dryer to make kale chips, but you can make sun dried tomatoes in a hot car! Slice cherry tomatoes in half, spread out on a cookie sheet, season with basil and salt, and sit them in your dash board in the sun with the windows rolled up. Turn your car into a solar oven. Works best in June and July. Mmmm….

  2. I know I’m going to break down and get a dehydrator just to make things like this; I’ve been saying for years I want/need one, but I don’t have the counter space. (tiny kitchen)

    Lizita, when I was out just now I saw a 4 oz bag of kale chips for $8.99; a dehydrator pays for itself very quickly in terms of food you can make raw with one. I’ve been saying for years I need one.

  3. How spicy does this turn out? I see red pepper flakes and get a little scared. Do you have a recipe that isn’t spicy? And thank you so much for spreading the healthy dog tips! My two lil’ cuties are definitely going to get the kale ribs for now on!

    • You can leave out the pepper flakes all together. Sub in 1 tsp black pepper to bring out the natural flavor of the kale. Some of us are insane for the hot food!

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