These BBQ Kale Chips are ridiculously good! After tasting these, you won't want BBQ potato chips again. They are sweet, spicy, and crunchy.
I have been on a kale chips kick lately. I enjoy eating a crunchy healthy snack that I feel good about.
After making a few different batches, I thought it was time to make some that are similar to one of my favorite unhealthy snacks - BBQ potato chips.
Honestly, I don't think I want BBQ potato chips again! These are so addictively good that I plan on having the BBQ seasoning in my pantry at all times so I can quickly whip some up.
These are sweet and spicy, my favorite flavor combo. The sweetness comes from brown sugar. You could substitute coconut sugar or your favorite powdered sweetener to make these even healthier.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Kale leaves: I prefer the curly varieties. You could use whatever variety you want.
- BBQ seasoning: I used a homemade BBQ seasoning with ingredients like chipotle powder for a spicy smoky flavor and brown sugar for sweetness. You could adjust it to your liking or use your favorite BBQ spice mix.
- Olive oil: Coats the kale and helps distribute the BBQ spices.
- Salt: Enhances flavors.
- Wash and dry the kale. Remove the stems and break into pieces.
- Mix oil, chipotle powder, brown sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, dry mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
- Toss kale in the mixture and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until crispy.
Should I Remove The Stems?
Yes, you'll want to remove the stems, including the center rib. They are tough and chewy.
How to Remove The Stems
Using a knife, cut right next to the stem on both sides. You can also hold the leaf in your hand and strip the leaves off away from you.
What Type of Kale Should I use?
You can use any variety of kale you want. I prefer any of the curly varieties.
These will last for about a week in an airtight container in the pantry.
Why Are They Not Crispy?
If your kale chips aren't crispy, you need to bake them longer.
How Do You Keep Them Crispy?
If you store kale chips in an airtight container they'll stay crispy. Do NOT put them in the fridge.
Other Vegan Snacks
Here's a healthy snack you'll feel good about feeding to your family!
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BBQ Kale Chips
- 1 bunch kale (4 cups)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Mix the olive oil, chipotle powder, brown sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, dry mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
- Wash and dry the kale. Remove stems and break the leaves into pieces.
- Toss the kale into the mix covering all the pieces.
- Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for 10 minutes more, or until crispy.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
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