Cheesy Barbecue Kale Chips (Vegan, GF, Paleo)


Kale is such a cliche, honestly: 20-year-old hipsters drinking a stringy kale smoothie, etc, etc. Though I have a strong dislike for cliches I can’t help but be one when it comes to kale. I love it so much! I’m not a huge fan of it in smoothies (probably because my blender has issues) but give me a big bowl of kale salad dressed with guacamole or balsamic vinegar and I’ll dive in headfirst. And I have no sense of control around freshly-baked kale chips. For example, when I made these Cheesy Barbecue Kale Chips last night, I ate the whole head of kale (minus three chips, which my mom ate) in a hour.


I hope that I do not stand alone in my love for kale. But you’ll love these chips whether you’re a kale-worshiper or scorner. Coated in smoky seasonings and the secret ingredient that imparts a “cheesy” flavour, nutritional yeast, these chips are crispy bites of goodness that will make you want to eat the whole bowl.


(In a way, it’s perfect that these chips are coated with nutritional yeast to give them a cheesy taste… because kale is kinda cheesy in the first place 😉 )

Cheesy Barbeque Kale Chips
Serves 4
Dairy-free? You'll get your cheese fix in these smoky kale chips. Warning, these nutrient-dense chips are addictive!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 head of organic kale (I used purple kale!)
  2. 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 tsp cayenne
  4. 1 tsp onion powder
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  7. Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (use Convection Roast setting if you have it).
  2. Tear the kale into medium-sized pieces, removing the stalks. Rinse the kale well under running water. If it's organic, it's going to be a bit dirty, but thankfully the kind you can wash off!
  3. Lay kale in a single layer on a clean dishcloth and pat it dry with another dishcloth. Dry thoroughly so the kale crisps instead of steams.
  4. Put the kale in a large bowl. Add the seasonings and oil, and massage with your hands until well combined.
  5. Lay the kale on a large baking sheet in a single layer (you will need to do about three batches.) Roast at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, flipping once, until the kale is crisp but not browned.
  1. Perfect party food, but make sure you make a double batch as these go fast!
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