Keto Cheesy Kale Chips Recipe [Dairy-Free]
I must admit that I once shied away from kale chips, and really all things kale, as I thought of it as desperation food that no one could possibly enjoy eating. I’ve since shifted my mindset (a lot) and am proud to present this keto cheesy kale chips recipe.
How to Make Kale Taste Amazing
I should start by saying that kale isn’t so terrible on its own. However, there are things you can do to dramatically enhance the flavor factor.
This kale skeptic has successfully turned the vegetable from edible to craveable. Here’s how.
Cooking kale in some fat helps it to become more chip-like. You’ll get that awesome crunch and almost-fried taste (even though these are baked).
I used avocado oil, but you could use another oil you have handy (please no vegetable oil – it’s just not good for you).
A bit of paprika and pepper season this snack, but you could get creative here. Garlic or onion powder could also be tasty sprinkled on top.
A Cheesy Taste Without Dairy
The title of this recipe seems like a bit of an oxymoron: How do you make cheesy kale chips without dairy?
The answer is a little thing called nutritional yeast. It may not sound delicious, but trust me, it’s the closest thing to cheese you can get without the actual dairy.
It used to be a pretty obscure ingredient that nobody had even heard of, but it’s become quite popular, especially among the dairy-free crowd.
You won’t find nutritional yeast next to the milk and cheese – there’s no refrigeration necessary here.
Nutritional yeast is often found in the bulk foods section along with nuts and candy. It looks like small golden flakes.
In addition to this kale, I like to sprinkle nutritional yeast on soups and cooked vegetables.
Even More Dairy Swaps
Nutritional yeast is just one of many healthy swaps you can make for keto.
If you’re looking to replace butter, you can try ghee, coconut oil, or even lard.
Need to replace cheese, but not feeling the nutritional yeast? You can make cashew cheese or even cauliflower cheese.
Milk is easily replaced with almond or even pistachio milk, which is not as common.
Here’s the full rundown of dairy-free keto options.
Getting Started on Keto
Are you new to keto and feeling a bit overwhelmed?
Keto can be tricky for both newbies and veterans alike. Check out this comprehensive article on the best way to start a keto diet.
You’ll get lots of tips you can try to find out what works best for you.
Crispy, cheesy, kale goodness without the dairy makes the perfect snack.
- Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
- Place the kale into a large bowl and drizzle the oil over it. Toss to coat.
- Spread out kale on a large baking tray and place in the oven.
- Cook for no longer than 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and scatter over the nutritional yeast.
- Season with paprika and black pepper. Serve immediately.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 4 g
- Calories: 95
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 4 g