These cheesy vegan Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast are a great snack. They are crunchy and addictive!
Kale chips are a great snack if you are craving something crunchy. They are a wonderful alternative to potato and tortilla chips.
For these Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast I added nutritional yeast because it is high in B vitamins and adds a cheesy taste and texture.
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.
- Nutritional yeast: Adds a cheesy flavor.
- Olive oil: Coats the kale and helps distribute the nutritional yeast.
- Salt: Enhances flavors.
Wash and dry the kale. Remove the stems and break the leaves into pieces.
Mix oil, nutritional yeast, and salt. 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 Isn't It Crispy?
If your kale chips aren't crispy, you need to bake them longer.
How Do You Keep It Crispy?
If you store kale chips in an airtight container they'll stay crispy. Do NOT put them in the fridge.
Ways To Use Nutritional Yeast
I use nutritional yeast anywhere I want a cheesy flavor.
These healthy kale chips are a great way to add more veggies into your diet, while satisfying your snack cravings!
This recipe was originally published on December 15, 2014. I've added new photos and more text.
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You May Need
Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 4 cups kale
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Mix the olive oil, nutritional yeast, and salt until blended.
- Wash and dry the kale. Remove stems and break the leaves into pieces.
- Toss the kale into the mix until well coated.
- Bake at 300ᵒ for 7 minutes. Flip the kale over and bake for another 7 minutes, or until crispy.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
These were great! I played with adding garlic powder and cayenne to punch it up. Did a little higher heat (315F) for altitude. Wish I could post a picture, so pretty and tasty. Thanks!
Willow Moon says
Thanks Katey! I love the addition of the garlic powder and cayenne!
This is a terrible recipe! Do not follow the instructions.
When you mix the yeast, salt, and olive oil, it creates a paste that does not distribute at all - it just stays in big clumps in the bottom of the bowl. You will be MUCH better off putting the kale in a large bowl and drizzling it and tossing it with the olive oil. Then sprinkle with the yeast and salt and toss again to thoroughly distribute.
It took closer to 30 minutes for my kale to crisp up.
Willow Moon says
Hi Kris, I'm sorry that you had issues with the recipe. I've made this recipe many times and have never had a problem with the mixture being distributed, and they've always crisped up for me.