Healthy Kids

Kale Chips recipe

A crunchy, healthy snack from the garden.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
  • Serves : 6

  • Fresh from the garden: curly leaf kale

  • Season: Late autumn to spring

Suggestions by season:

Don't use ingredients with a high moisture content to flavour your chips as this will dampen the kale and it will not become crisp (for example, use lemon zest instead of lemon juice). Some flavour suggestions that go well with crispy, baked kale include:

  • smoked paprika
  • crushed garlic
  • lemon zest and pepper
  • lime zest and crushed dried chilli.

Tip: Use a clean tea towel to thoroughly dry the kale, as it will not become crisp if there's too much moisture on the leaves. Kids love patting the kale dry with tea towels!


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What to do

    1. Preheat the oven to 140°C.

    2. Prepare all the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

    3. Line the baking trays with baking paper.

    4. Break or tear the kale into chip-sized pieces. Distribute kale leaves evenly into two large bowls, add the olive oil and massage the oil into the leaves using your hands.

    5. Sprinkle the kale with salt and flavouring (if using) and toss to combine.

    6. Spread the kale over the prepared baking trays in a single layer, making sure the kale pieces are not overlapping.

    7. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate trays and bake for a further 5–10 minutes, checking that the kale does not turn brown. The kale chips will look shrunken and bright green when ready, but may not be crisp yet.

    8. Remove the chips from the oven at this stage and let cool for at least 3 minutes. They should become crisp in this time. If they’re not, bake for another 5 minutes.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

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