Kale has been THE superfood of the last few years. It has so much vitamin A, C and K in so little, it REALLY is a superfood and nothing to just make money on. Though I have to admit I was never a huge fan of it. Probably due to the fact that in Germany we eat it “cooked to death” as a mushy pulp that smells bad and doesn’t look very appealing. Now I have seen a lot of kale around in recipes that looked more appealing over the past years, especially during winter time. What I have also seen in health food stores are kale chips, which are more or less just dried kale chips with spices. And those bags were kind of expensive. So I thought I would try it out myself.
The first batch I made was without any spices or oils. They were a bit bland and tasted of just, well, kale. Then I looked a bit around and made two more batches this week, that I will share with you today. One is savoury with olive oil, salt and cumin; the other is sweet-savoury with cinnamon and without oil. I have to say that I really like the cinnamon one. The flavour of kale goes surprisingly well with it. And they make a great and healthy snack for a TV evening.
Here is what you need for the savoury one (for a bout 100 g fresh kale):
100 g fresh kale, cut in small pieces, no stems
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon (level) of cumin powder
Preheat your oven to 200°C (gas mark 6). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine kale, oil and spices and mix well, so the kale is coated in the spice mix. Then spread them even on the baking tray and put into the oven. The chips should be done after about 20-30 minutes. Check when they are crisp.
Similar for the ones with cinnamon:
100 g kale
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Same as above, only here I didn’t use any oil and mixed the cinnamon and the kale by themselves. The baking time is more towards 20 minutes.
Now how easy was that? You can also experiment with different spices. I will try garam masala next. Others have use nutritional yeast for a cheese flavour. Find your favourite and snack with a good conscious 🙂