Spicy Raw Kale Chips

It's one of those foods I simply can't get enough of. I toss it in my smoothies, have it with my eggs, mix it with my quinoa salads, and turn it into these delicious spicy raw kale chips. Renowned for its health benefits, if you haven't explored the powers of kale, it's time to start. Right. Now.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy chips, kale
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 14 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 Cups
Calories 203 kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa


  • 2 bunches curly kale I used one green, one purple
  • 2 cups cashews soaked for 2 hours
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne more or less to taste depending on your preferences
  • Juice of 1 lemon 2 - 3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Add the kale to a very large mixing bowl (or separate into two if you don't have one large enough - you need to be able to toss it around).
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor fit with the steel blade (or a high powered blender) and process until smooth.
  3. Pour the 'cheese' sauce over the kale and mix with your hands until the leaves are covered.
  4. Dehydrate at 120 degrees for 12 - 14 hours, until crispy.
  5. Alternately, if you don't have a dehydrator, place the kale leaves on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 150 degrees for 10 hours.

Recipe Notes

gluten-free | dairy-free | vegan | sugar-free | soy-free


adapted from Eating Bird Food

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Raw Kale Chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 334mg15%
Potassium 392mg11%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 2410IU48%
Vitamin C 36.5mg44%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.