Zesty Baked Kale Chips in a white bowl with a green napkin

Kale chips are nothing new, but they are sort of new to me! I started making kale chips about 6 months ago. It took me a while to get on the kale train, but I am all aboard now!

I’m definitely a snacker. I prefer to eat more, but smaller meals throughout the day. Snacks can be tricky though. While I would love to grab a bag of chips, they are not a good choice and I can only eat so many baby carrots with hummus before I get really bored. Enter kale chips.

I had a lot of doubts when I was making them for the first time. I figured there was no way kale chips would be a good substitute for a potato chip, but I was wrong! They were actually nice and crispy and had more flavor than a potato chip and before I knew it, I ate the whole pan that I made! I felt guilty for a quick second, but then realized it was kale and that makes it totally acceptable to eat the whole pan.

Just like a potato chip, you can do so many different flavors for kale chips. Big surprise, I went the zesty route by adding cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and a pinch of cayenne. There is really no right or wrong though. Just bust out those spices and experiment!

Zesty Baked Kale Chips in a white bowl with a green napkin

Zesty Baked Kale Chips in a bowl with green napkin
Yield: serves 2-3

Zesty Baked Kale Chips

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Zesty Baked Kale Chips - a healthy and zesty alternative to regular chips! Crispy baked kale seasoned with chili, cumin, and other spices!


  • 4 cups chopped kale leaves (I bought mine pre-chopped from TJ’s)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (can adjust or omit)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust for how salty you prefer)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Layer the kale leaves in a single layer on the pan. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the top. In a small bowl, stir together all of the spices. Then sprinkle evenly over the leaves. Use your hands to massage the spices into all of the kale leaves. Bake for 10-13 minutes until crisp, but still green.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

approx. 1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 582mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

Zesty Baked Kale Chips in a white bowl with a green napkin