Homemade kale chips – a healthy snack for the festive season

When you live abroad, there are things that you really don’t realise that you miss until you revisit them. Pret a Manger or Pret as it seems to be these days, is one of those things for me.

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A complete winner winner chicken dinner with Joe was their kale chips. Although the resultant mess was quite possibly not worth it. I often buy frozen kale to throw in my smoothies but I’ve never bought fresh kale before. So when I saw it in our local supermarket I thought I’d give some homemade kale chips a try. I figured they’d be a fairly healthy alternative to all of the stollen I’ve been eating recently.

Marks out of 10? I’d give them a solid 8. Pret’s version is seasoned with rosemary so I might try that next time for a change.

Being a total novice, I scanned the internet for tips and the overarching advice was to cook them low and slow. Which completely worked. My suggestion? Just make enough for immediate consumption. They really don’t keep. Unless you like a soggy, chewy bit of greenery as a snack.

What you need:

  • Enough kale leaves to cover a baking tray in one single layer
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (depending on preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • A good grind of black pepper
What to do:
  • Preheat the oven to 150°C / 130 °C (fan) / 300 °F / Gas mark 2
  • Cut the leaves from the stems, tear into pretty big pieces and wash well. Make sure you dry the leaves after too. This is important

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  • Put the kale into a bowl. Add the oil. Rub it in all over the leaves so that the spices have something to grip. Add the spices

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  • Layer the kale on to the baking tray without overlapping any leaves  (I used greaseproof paper because I hate washing greasy trays) and bake for 10 minutes. I then turned the tray and baked for another 10 minutes.You may need a touch longer, so start checking after the second 10 minute mark
  • Allow them to cool for a minute or two and then dig in. The kale chips really should be eaten immediately so that the crunchy texture is at its optimum


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Joe made a mahoosive mess yet again. I’m still finding kale crumbs all over the house. It was worth it though to see him tucking in to a vegetable with gusto. Emmie naturally refused to come within 10 feet of them.

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Super easy and less than 30 minutes from start to finish. That’s real 30 minutes not a Jamie Oliver one!