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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Oil-Free Kale Chips


When I saw Dreena Burton's recipe for dehydrated kale chips, that don't require a dehydrator, I knew I had to give them a try.  I love that they don't require oil and avoid the bitterness that kale chips can have when they are overcooked.

Of course, I ended up not following the recipe completely (and I wonder why I have children that are not good at following my orders!).  I didn't want to use maple syrup, so I swapped out the lemon juice for cider vinegar which is naturally sweeter, and upped the amount of salt.  The sad reality is that if I make kale chips that are not salty enough for my brood, they simply won't eat them.  This is true of Adam as well as the girls.

I was very pleased with how these turned out, and everyone else liked them too.  The only drawback is that they take a while, so you have to make sure you are going to be home for a few hours before you make them.  I didn't follow her cooking directions exactly either because...I guess I'm just ornery, but they are still delicious!

Oil-Free Kale Chips (Adapted from Dreena's recipe)

1 large bunch kale, torn into pieces, washed and thoroughly dried (use salad spinner and spin your little heart out)
3 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tsp tahini
1 tsp tamari or coconut aminos
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp Herbamare or regular sea salt + more for sprinkling

Whisk together ingredients for marinade in a large bowl.  Add kale, and, using your hands, massage marinade into kale until evenly distributed.  Lie in single layer on 2 parchment-paper lined baking sheets.  Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired.  Bake at 175F for 2 hours, rotating sheets after 1 hour.  Store in a paper bag or lidded container.  If they lose crispness, reheat in oven at 175F for about 15 minutes.

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