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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe

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This kale chip recipe baked in your oven results in a crispy, addictive snack that’s guilt-free. Homemade baked kale chips are the perfect healthy alternative to potato chips for kids and adults alike!

Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe in a white bowl

If you’re not the biggest fan of kale, oven baked kale chips may be just the thing you need.

I’ve gotten my picky eater family to go from a place of not even knowing what kale was, to loving it in the recipes I make at home (little victory dance for me! 🙂 )

Crispy kale chips are the perfect guilt-free treat because they have the wonderful crunch and flavor of a traditional chip, but are much healthier for you. Plus, having them on hand makes it a lot easier to eat kale on a regular basis!

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If you eat a handful of baked kale chips, you can end up eating a whole head of kale without even realizing it.

I personally love garlic and parmesan kale chips, because there is nothing like that combination of flavors. So that’s why I went with this recipe!

But if you are dairy-free or vegan, you can do garlic + nutritional yeast which is also delicious.

They only take about 20 minutes to make, and they can last you for a week if you keep them in an airtight container! Although I usually will end up eating this whole bowlful in one sitting 🙂

How to Make Kale Chips in an Oven

For this garlic kale chips recipe, all you need is your oven! Some people use a dehydrator but baked kale chips are just as good…actually way better if you ask me!

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

ingredients for Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe
  • Kale: I like using curly kale because it has a great texture for this kale chip recipe.
  • Olive Oil: Critical for making your kale chips crispy!
  • Garlic Powder: For flavor! You can also use fresh garlic if you like.
  • Salt: Also for flavor! Don’t leave this out – add more or less to taste.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Because there is no better flavor combination than garlic and parmesan! If you are dairy free or vegan, use nutritional yeast (or even sesame seeds would taste great too!)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Rinse kale in a salad spinner and make sure it is completely dry.

kale in a glass bowl

Step 2: Remove dark ribs and chop kale into bite sized pieces.

kale in a bowl

Step 3: In a small bowl mix olive oil, garlic powder, and salt.

olive oil mixed with spices

Step 4: Add kale to a large mixing bowl and drizzle in olive oil mixture. Toss thoroughly to combine, using hands to distribute the oil and seasonings evenly.

Note: for the parmesan, you can add it before or after baking. If you add it before baking, toss the kale with the olive oil, garlic, salt and parmesan together – then bake (the parmesan will get slightly browned and crispy with the chip). If adding it after baking, add it right after you pull the kale chips out of the oven so the cheese will melt a bit on the chips (but the cheese will stay creamy and moist). If you’re using nutritional yeast, add it before baking with the olive oil mixture.

greens tossed with olive oil and seasoning

Step 5: Spread the kale over 2 large baking sheets, ensuring the kale touches as little as possible to help it crisp while baking.

kale on a baking sheet

Step 6: Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the pans around and lightly toss/stir kale to ensure even baking. Bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until kale is crispy and very slightly golden brown (depending on how much moisture is in your kale, you may need a longer baking time). Watch closely as it can burn easily. Remove already crispy kale if needed, for them not to burn while the rest is still baking.

kale chips out of the oven

Step 7: Remove from oven and let cool slightly – chips will crisp up even more once out of the oven. Enjoy immediately! Best when fresh.

Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe in a white bowl

Recipe Variations: Different Ways to Season Kale Chips

Oh I could get lost in all the delicious kale chip seasonings and pairings there are, but I’ll do my best to stay focused 🙂 

Let’s talk about the more obvious ones first, like ranch. 

#1 | Ranch flavored is a close second to these garlic and parmesan kale chips and just as easy to mix up. Just toss about a half teaspoon each of dill, chives, onion, garlic, and salt. 

#2 | Another great seasoning for kale chips is coconut curry. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened. Mix that with a half teaspoon of salt of curry powder. 

# 3 | And finally, let’s discuss the infamous Dorito seasoning. Yep, you heard that right. You can make Dorito-flavored kale chips! 

For this spice mix, you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of cheese powder (or nutritional yeast if dairy free). Then mix that with a quarter teaspoon each of onion powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and chili powder.

In all honesty, it’s so much fun to experiment with different baked kale chip recipes, so try inventing your own!

How to Store Kale Chips for Lasting Freshness

Before storing, it’s very important to let baked kale chips cool completely. 

Unlike fresh kale, you do NOT want to store kale chips in the refrigerator. Instead, place them in a paper bag and store at room temperature. Avoid plastic bags as they retain lingering moisture, and moisture is the enemy of a crispy chips.

Paper, on the other hand, allows for air circulation and helps keep kale chips crisp for up to 3 days. 

If you happen to live somewhere that’s particularly humid, ditch the paper bag and opt for an airtight container with about half a cup of uncooked rice in it. It absorbs moisture quite nicely!

Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe in a white bowl

Frequently Asked Questions from First-Time Kale Chip Bakers

Are homemade kale chips healthy?

Absolutely! It’s nothing but kale after all – with just olive oil and a few spices added. Kale is incredible nutrient-dense, and fortunately, it retains that nutritional value when baked. Besides being high in fiber, kale chips are rich in antioxidants and a good, snackable source of vitamins A, K, C, E, B, and Calcium. 

Will picky kids eat kale chips?

You might be surprised, but kids tend to LOVE this kale chip recipe!! It basically tastes like a potato chip, which makes it a perfect healthy snack for kids. If you have picky eaters who refuse to eat veggies, try this recipe as a way for them to get some greens!

What type of kale is best for chips?

Flat-leafed varieties of kale are especially suited for baked kale chips. I like Curly kale as it has a much heartier texture that’s more conducive to making chips. 

Why do my kale chips get soggy?

The main reason you might end up with soggy kale chips is they aren’t completely dry before they are baked! It’s very important to let your kale dry completely after washing and before adding the olive oil. If any water remains, it will turn to steam in the oven and leave behind a sad soggy mess. You also want to make sure to bake it on a low temperature for a long time, to dry the kale out completely.
Lastly, when baking this kale chip recipe in an oven, you want to avoid flavoring it with any liquids like hot sauce or vinegar. That’s actually why I didn’t include those types of flavoring agents because they make chips soggy. 

How long do kale chips last?

When stored at room temperature (which is best), kale chips last about 3 days. But really, this garlic and parmesan kale chip recipe doesn’t stick around long if you know what I mean 🙂 

How do you keep kale chips crispy?

The key to crispy kale chips in your oven is to bake them low and slow. They’ll be crispy right out of the oven and ready to be enjoyed. If you have leftovers, and for whatever reason they lose their crispiness, just toss them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes – just enough to crisp them up. 

Tips for Making The Best Parmesan Kale Chip Recipe

  • Make sure to remove the ribs from the kale before you chop it up. The stalk of most kale varieties is super tough and doesn’t bake up as well. Just use the leaves for this kale chip recipe!
  • For the parmesan, you can add it before or after baking. If you add it before baking, toss the kale with the olive oil, garlic, salt and parmesan together – then bake. When done this way, the parmesan will get slightly browned and even crispy along with the chip! Note: if you are using nutritional yeast, always add it before baking.
  • If you prefer to add the parmesan after baking, add it right after you pull the baked kale chips out of the oven so the cheese will melt a bit on the chips, yet still stay creamy and moist.
  • Make sure you massage the kale thoroughly with the olive oil mixture before baking it. This ensures all the leaves get coated evenly!
  • For a perfectly crispy chip, patience is key — bake the kale chips “low and slow” — on a low temperature for a longer time to ensure they dry out completely.

I hope you enjoy this kale chip recipe made in the oven as much as my family does!

Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe in a white bowl

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Garlic Parmesan Oven Baked Kale Chip Recipe in a white bowl
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Crispy Oven Baked Kale Chips

These oven baked kale chips are the perfect guilt-free snack because they have the crunch and flavor of traditional chips but are much healthier for you! Plus, this easy kale chip recipe can be made in your oven – no dehydrator necessary!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil more if needed
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast, for a vegan option
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt more to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • Rinse kale in a salad spinner and make sure it is completely dry.
  • Remove dark ribs and chop kale into bite sized pieces.
  • In a small bowl mix olive oil, garlic powder, and salt. Add kale to a large mixing bowl and drizzle in olive oil mixture. Toss thoroughly to combine, using hands to distribute the oil and seasonings evenly.
  • Note: for the parmesan, you can add it before or after baking. If you add it before baking, toss the kale with the olive oil, garlic, salt and parmesan together – then bake (the parmesan will get slightly browned and crispy with the chip). If adding it after baking, add it right after you pull the kale chips out of the oven so the cheese will melt a bit on the chips (but the cheese will stay creamy and moist). If you're using nutritional yeast, add it before baking with the olive oil mixture.
  • Spread the kale over 2 large baking sheets, ensuring the kale touches as little as possible to help it crisp while baking.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the pans around and lightly toss/stir kale to ensure even baking. Bake for 10-20 minutes more, or until kale is crispy and very slightly golden brown (depending on how much moisture is in your kale, you may need a longer baking time). Watch closely as it can burn easily. Remove already crispy kale if needed, for them not to burn while the rest is still baking.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly – chips will crisp up even more once out of the oven.
  • Enjoy immediately! Best when fresh. Store leftovers covered at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Video

https://youtu.be/VF8Bs18iDv4

Notes

Tips for Making The Best Parmesan Kale Chips 
  • Make sure to remove the ribs from the kale before you chop it up. The stalk of most kale varieties is super tough and doesn’t bake up as well. Just use the leaves for this kale chip recipe!
  • For the parmesan, you can add it before or after baking. If you add it before baking, toss the kale with the olive oil, garlic, salt and parmesan together – then bake. When done this way, the parmesan will get slightly browned and even crispy along with the chip! Note: if you are using nutritional yeast, always add it before baking.
  • If you prefer to add the parmesan after baking, add it right after you pull the baked kale chips out of the oven so the cheese will melt a bit on the chips, yet still stay creamy and moist.
  • Make sure you massage the kale thoroughly with the olive oil mixture before baking it. This ensures all the leaves get coated evenly!
  • For a perfectly crispy chip, patience is key — bake the kale chips “low and slow” — on a low temperature for a longer time to ensure they dry out completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g

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