‘Cheesy’ kale chips

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Cheesy Kale Chip

Cheese flavoured Doritos are probably the furthest thing from real food you can get. The shape, the shelf life, that radioactive orange colour! Do they even contain corn? Questionable.

It’s a known fact they have about the same nutritional value as a paper bag, and it’s pretty obvious that ingesting copious amounts of dextrin, maltodextrin, dextrose, processed flour, corn syrup, transfat, MSG + 32 other unrecognisable ingredients isn’t the best thing for you. Duh.

But I guess someone forget to tell all this to your tastebuds because goddam they taste good. Finger-lickin good. Every cheesy fingered dip into the bag brings back a tonne of Year 8 sleep-over memories and a sudden urge to drink a liter of water and watch a rom-com starring Drew Barrymore.

So how does a healthy and informed gal get her cheesy chip fix without scooting down to the nearest 7 Eleven? Enter the glorious kale chip.

Kale chips are the rock stars of the health food world at the moment. The cheesy variety are easy to make once you get a handle on a few obscure ingredients, they’re the healthiest chip you’ll every come across and they genuinely taste amazing. Plus they’re vegan! I made these for the first time over the weekend, and am positive they’ll become a staple for future movie nights and office lunches.

Move of Doritos, there’s a new chip in town.

Cheesy kale  chip uncooked

Original recipe tweaked from YumSugar.com

What you’ll need:

1 bunch kale, stems removed and broken up into small peices
1 tbsp refined coconut oil
1/3 cup raw cashews OR 2 tbsp tahini paste – whichever you have in your cupboard
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves

How to go about it:

  1. Preheat oven to low heat – about 140 degrees c. Line 2 trays with baking paper.
  2. In a food processor, mix together coconut oil and cashews/tahini until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients (except kale) and mix well.
  3. Combine ‘cheesy’ mixture with kale in a large bowl. Massage the cheesy mixture into the kale until coated thoroughly.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until kale is dry and crisp – you can speed up the process by turning up your oven, however to get the best results and the crispyiest chips when cooked on a low heat.

What the hell is nutritional yeast?
Don’t be scared – nutritional yeast usually comes in flakes are is awesome option for vegans and vegetarians looking to up their B12 vitamin intake. Vitamin B12 is important for keep your cells and nerves healthy, as well as the production of DNA.  The flakes have a cheesy, nutty, salty flavour and can be added to dressings, sauces and spreads. Nutritional yeast is yellow in colour, and is not ‘active’ like bakers or brewers yeast  (it won’t froth all over the place) – as it has been deactivated in the washing, heating and drying process.  When shopping for this at the health food store, make sure you buy nutritional yeast (sometimes called savoury yeast) and not bakers or brewers yeast which could turn out a bit nasty.

Ebony x

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Aussie food lover, holistic health coach, adventure seeker and marketer. Packing the happy & healthy into every day.

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