Spicy Raw Kale Chips

Spicy Raw Kale Chips via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

Are you still stuffed from Christmas? I sure am. Ready for something healthy? Yes, please.

The past few days have been full of over-indulgences – rich Italian eats, tempting (and addictive) little appetizers, sensational gluten-free cookies and of course, lots and lots of wine. My body is feeling the affects of all the eating and drinking, and I know the moment I get home, I need to get back on track. I will resume my daily yoga routine, cut back on the desserts and vino, and eat an exorbitant amount of dark leafy greens. Especially kale.

Why? Because kale makes me happy.  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.

And make some of these spicy raw kale chips. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

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Spicy Raw Kale Chips
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adapted from Eating Bird Food
Cuisine: Snack
serves: 6 – 8 cups

  • 2 bunches curly kale (I used one green, one purple)
  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ 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)
  • ½ 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.

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


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Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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4 Responses to Spicy Raw Kale Chips

  1. Yes I definitely think it’s time for some kale! I’m craving green.
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  2. ems says:

    These look delicious! Do they really need to bake for 10 hours though? I’ve made (plain) kale chips before and 15 minutes has been fine.

  3. ruthie says:

    Hi, these look awesome! What might you recommend as a dairy-free, GF replacement for the nutritional yeast? Thanks!

    • jeremy says:

      Hi. Nutritional yeast is gluten-free and dairy-free, though you should check labels, just to be sure that the product you are buying has not had these things added.

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