Friday, September 06, 2013
I found a food dehydrator at a thrift store lately, and my new obsession is making kale chips. I had bought a bag at Trader Joes (nacho cheese) and found a very similar recipe. I like that these have some protein from the cashews and the nutritional yeast.
Here is the recipe I used:
one bunch curly kale (I bought organic)
1/4 red pepper, diced
1/4 c. cashews
1/4 c. nutritional yeast *
dash of cayenne pepper (or more if you like the heat)
1-2 T. water
Wash and pat dry the kale. Tear the leaves into pieces and put in a bowl.
Put all the other ingredients--except the water--in a food processor and pulse until it's ground. Add a tiny bit of water and pulse until it holds together. Use your hands to mix with the kale leaves. Mix until each leaf is well coated with the mixture. Put in dehydrator. Time may vary--mine took one hour.
*Nutritional yeast is carried in most larger grocery stores and health-food stores. I found mine in the natural food section.
And here are the results:
I didn't calculate calorie counts. However, the Trader Joe's version (which had more seasoning than mine) was 150 calories per serving. I eat a bit larger serving, so I'd estimate 150-175 calories. Enjoy!
They are delicious, crunchy, and fresh. (However, I've been told that they don't store well, so make small batches.)