Easy and flavorful oil-free kale chips—perfect for when you want a crunchy yet healthy snack!

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Recipe updated January 21st, 2021 with new images and updated instructions.

Have you tried kale chips yet? They’re an easy and delicious snack option that doesn’t take much effort to make.

This oven baked kale chip recipe is a great way to add some more greens to your diet without having to have a salad.

What makes them even healthier is making them without oil for a great low calorie option. You can always add some oil if you prefer but at Health My Lifestyle we prefer to cook oil free. Read more about the effects of oil on our health here .

The thing most people don’t realize is that food can still get crispy in the oven without it! You just need another liquid in it’s place to help the seasonings stick, and luckily for you, we have several different flavor options below to mix it up!

Ingredients needed

This is the basic formula for kale chips, requiring only 3 simple ingredients:

  • kale leaves
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • paprika (optional)

See the recipe card below for exact measurements.

How to make kale chips without oil

kale leaves removed from the stem

Step 1: First wash the kale, then remove the leaves from the stem.

kale leaves cut into smaller pieces

Step 2: Break the leaves apart into uniform pieces.

Kale leaves in a bowl with seasonings.

Step 3: Place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and season with desired amount of salt and paprika. Add any other spices that you would like (more flavor variations are listed below). Use clean hands to massage all ingredients into the kale leaves.

Seasoned kale leaves on a baking sheet.

Step 4: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place kale leaves in a single layer. Don’t over crowd. You may have to bake in batches for the perfect chips.

kale chips on a plate

Step 5: Cook in oven for 15 minutes at 300F. Remove any of the ones that are already crispy and put the rest back in for another 3-5 minutes to finish baking. Enjoy!

Tip

Flavor variations

The options are endless but here are a few more ways to flavor your kale chips. The measurements are based on one bunch of kale. If changing the amount of servings, adjust the amounts below as necessary.

For cheesy:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon other spices

For garlic-y:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For salt and vinegar combo:

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

How to store kale chips

Kale chips are best served immediately but if you need to store them, store on the counter at room temperature. Either place a paper towel in the container or leave the lid cracked to allow the kale chips to breathe and stay crispy. If they lose their crunch you can throw them in the oven for a few minutes. Best consumed within a few days.

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Kale Chips (Oil Free)

5 from 10 votes
Author: Rachel
Kale chips are an easy and flavorful snack. Perfect when you want something crunchy yet healthy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2

Method

  • oven

Ingredients 
 

  • 4-5 cups kale stems removed
  • ½ lemon juiced, about 1 Tbsp
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 300ºF (150ºC). Remove the stems and rip or slice the leaves into large uniform pieces. They shrink up in the oven, so don't cut them too small.
  • Place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and season with desired amount of salt and paprika. Add any other spices that you would like (more flavor variations are listed in the post above). Use clean hands to massage all ingredients into the kale leaves.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place kale leaves in a single layer. Don't over crowd. You may have to bake in batches for the perfect chips.
  • Cook in oven for 15 minutes. Remove any of the ones that are already crispy and put the rest back in for 3-5 more minutes to finish baking. Enjoy!

Notes

Storage

Place in an airtight container at room temperature with a paper towel. They will keep for a few days.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1234mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13464IU | Vitamin C: 131mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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8 Comments

    1. Hello
      Thank you for sharing this oil free variation.
      Where are the carbs coming from in this nutritional profile?

      1. Hi Stahli, I took a look at the nutrition and realized it was including half the lemon, but this recipe only uses the juice so I reran the nutrition information. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!