These delicious garlic and parmesan Kale Chips are baked in the oven until crispy and make a delicious healthy snack. You wont believe how easy they are to make!

We love healthy snacks here at TBFS.  Some of my favorites include Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites, Healthy Granola, and Skinny Banana Bread Muffins.
Kale chips in a bowl with a hand towel in the background.

I’ll admit that sometimes I fall into that trap of thinking I don’t like something, even when I haven’t tried it.  Years ago as a new college graduate I tried Kale chips for the first time. I was working for an Organic foods company and got to try kale chips samples from many different brands.  I learned quickly that not all kale chips taste great and I set out to create a GREAT recipe that’s simple and flavorful.

What I love about this healthy snack:

  • Fast: Kale chips are so EASY and fast to make!  Just toss them with some olive oil and salt, bake them, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese!
  • Healthy: Kale is a super food for good reason. It’s high in fiber and a great source of Vitamins A, K, C, E, and Calcium. Plus, it’s low-calorie!
  • Inexpensive: Fresh kale is really cheap at the grocery store and you likely already have garlic, salt, olive oil, and parmesan in your fridge!

How to Make Kale Chips:

1. Chop the kale.  Remove the large stems from kale and chop it into chunks.

2. Wash the kale.  I use a salad spinner to wash the kale because it works really great for removing all the water from the kale. The key to crispy kale chips is making sure the kale is completely dry before seasoning it, and giving the individual pieces of lettuce space on the pan. If the kale is too wet or overcrowded it will steam, instead of roast. .

3. Season.  Place kale in a large bowl and toss lightly with olive oil, sea salt, and garlic.

4. Bake. Lay the freshly seasoned kale flat on a large baking sheet. For best results, don’t overcrowd the baking sheet. (Make in two batches if necessary). Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until crisp.

Chopped kale in a bowl next to a sheet pan with kale leaves on it.

5. Top with parmesan.  Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Serve warm or store.

Store kale chips in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Baked kale chip on a sheet pan.

Seasoning Variations:

I season my kale with olive oil, sea salt, and garlic then top them with a handful of parmesan cheese before baking them in the oven. You can really season them with whatever flavors you like. Try chili powder, cumin, onion powder and paprika for a southwest flavor.

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Recipe

Kale chips in a bowl with a hand towel in the background.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 16 mins
Total 21 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 bunches fresh kale
  • 5-6 cloves garlic , minced
  • sea salt , to taste
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Remove large stems from kale. Chop into chunks and wash well. (I use a salad spinner, which works really great for removing all the water from the kale.) Dry really well! This will make all the difference in allowing the kale to bake up crispy, instead of "steaming" because of water droplets.
  • Place kale in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, sea salt, and garlic. 
  • Lay flat on a large baking sheet. For best results, don't overcrowd the baking sheet. (Make these in two batches if necessary).
  • Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until crisp. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Serve warm or store in an airtight container to save.

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 222mgVitamin A: 4360IUVitamin C: 52.8mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 0.7mg

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I originally shared this recipe July 2013. Updated January 2020 with step-by-step photos and instructions.

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. 5 stars
    Even my kale-hating boyfriend loved these. I sprinkled woth parm a few minutes before they were finished baking qnd popped them back in the oven so the cheese would crisp. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    I am curious…kale is supposed to be high in fiber but the nutritional aspects do not list any fiber in this receipe. I am on the keto diet so if there is fiber, it’s helpful to know. Also, I am not sure if the nutrition information is per serving or for the whole recipe. At the top of the recipe it says “6 servings” and “61 calories” but clarification on that would be helpful. The chips are tasty but I would like more information!

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