Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Kale Chips? Yuck. Well, I guess these are just something you’d have to experience to know how yummy they really are. I made them once before, and they were very good, but this last recipe I tried is a winner. They have no real cheese at all, but have a cheesy flavor from the combination of ingredients. Carl says they are addictive, and he ate almost a whole dehydrator tray of them! Let me tell you how I made them…
First, take a bunch of curly leaf kale and de-stem the leaves. Just hold the end of the stem in your left hand and with your right hand grasp around the leaves and stem, and pull down, ripping the leaves off of the stem. (I put the stems in my compost pile.) Then wash the kale leaves well and spin dry. You could also just shake it off well and use a paper towel to dab the excess water off of the leaves and bowl.
Next, tear the kale leaves into little bite-size pieces. That’s Whitney in the picture helping me!
Now it’s time to mix up the tasty coating. Here’s my own recipe, created from a few different recipes I found online:
Cheesy Kale Chips
1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours and drained (just soak them while you prepare the kale and other ingredients if you can’t wait 2 hours)
the juice of 1/2 lemon
salt, to taste (about 1/2 to 1 t.)
1/2 large red pepper, or 1 small red pepper
1 or 2 garlic cloves
1 T. agave or honey
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
cayenne pepper, to taste
Blend these ingredients well in a blender. Scoop out the mixture onto the kale and mix it all up with your hands, coating the leaves of kale well. Place the coated kale on dehydrator trays.
Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 24 hours. Too high a temperature will kill the living enzymes. Enzymes are what make food living. Try planting a cooked carrot and a raw carrot, and you’ll know which one still has the enzymes in tact! Our bodies need living enzymes. So here are the kale chips all finished!
If you have a dehydrator, you need to try these! If you don’t have one, you need to get one and try these. Delish!
Below is a video showing how Hallelujah Acres makes their kale chips. It shows them made in high volume for retail selling, but still it’s a good, informative video. (Sorry for the music they used in the video. Not a good choice.)
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