Zesty Baked Kale Chips

Zesty Baked Kale Chips

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

Zesty Baked Kale Chips


  • 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 (3 servings, about 1 1/4 cups): Calories: 111.8; Fat: 7.8g; Carbs: 10.4g; Sugars: 2.3g; Protein: 3.4g; WW Points Plus: 3

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Zesty Baked Kale Chips



  1. I have yet to try kale chips. I need to hurry up and get on the kale wagon. These look so crunchy!

  2. You have perfect timing! I have a ton of kale leftover from a recipe I thew in the crockpot this morning … and I was just about to look for kale chip recipes!

  3. I love kale chips! And I’m definitely trying your combo of spices when I make them again. Thanks for sharing Stephanie!!

  4. I am a big fan of kale chips, they are what crunchy snack dreams are made of :D

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  5. Crunchy,light and tasty, I made the kale chips one time I almost ate the whole pan ,so addictive ;)

  6. Thanks for reminding me how much I love kale chips – especially with a kick from cayenne! Great recipe!

  7. I haven’t had kale chips in such a long time. I am so excited that you jazzed them all up with spices. They look pretty darn good.

  8. I am a big fan of kale chips, they are what crunchy snack dreams are made of :)

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