Yes, this recipe is so good, it should be labeled TOP SECRET! But since my wonderful mother taught me to share, I’m going give away another one of our family’s all-time favorite recipes. You will need your secret decoder ring to decipher the recipe written in invisible ink… but be careful, this message with self-destruct in 5…4…3…2… **
So, have you noticed the Kale Chip trend lately? There’s good reason for this… they are DELICIOUS! My husband (aka ‘The Human Garbage Disposal’) introduced me to them a while back and we’ve been hooked ever since. Everyone – even our 1 year old can eat these, since they just melt in your mouth. There is a collective ‘Awwwww’ in our family when they run out.
So there’s good news and bad news about these chips…
The bad news: These are addicting. It’s one of the few foods, that I could eat all in one sitting – which may or may not have happened… more than once. ;) So don’t say I didn’t warn you!
The good news: You can make these at home for a fraction of the cost you’ll find them in stores – and I think they turn out soooo much better! Plus, the ingredients are 100% Raw and so, so, so good for you!
Here’s our family recipe if you want to try them for yourself.
The special tools & ingredients featured in this recipe are:
- VitaMix Blender / Kitchen Tool
- Excalibur Dehydrator & ParaFlexx Non-Stick Reusable Liners
- Nuts, Seeds & More – I buy almost all of my supplies from Nuts.com – they are AWESOME!!
If you don’t already have a VitaMix, I strongly encourage you to check out what this machine is capable of! For more information about VitaMix you can go directly to the VitaMix website. For free shipping, be sure to use: Coupon Code: 06-004166
If you have the Living Cookbook software, you can import the free recipe file by cutting and pasting it right into your program.
Raw Maui Kale Chips in the VitaMix & Dehydrator
All ingredients I used in the video were Raw & Organic.
- 1 Cup Macadamia Nuts (this gives it the creamy, dreamy taste!)
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Cashews
- 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds (optional)
- 5 Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 4 Dates (pits removed)
- Approx. 1 1/2 Cups Water to Cover the Soaked Ingredients
- 4-5 Heads of Green Leafy Kale (Washed & De-Veined – see image)
- 1/2 Sweet Yellow Onion
- 1 Single Stalk of Celery
- 1 Carrot
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Braggs Aminos (or to taste)
- 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Nutritional Yeast (this gives it the ‘cheesy’ flavor) – Add Last!
- Additional 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Water – only if needed.
1. Place the Nuts, Seeds, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Dates into a medium sized bowl and place just enough water to cover them (approx 1 1/2 cup). Let soak for approx. 1/2 hour.
2. While Nuts are soaking, Wash the Kale and strip the leaves off the Center stalk or ‘Vein; and set them aside. (We will not be using the stalk/veins for this recipe, so be sure to add them to your Dirty Juice or Compost Bin!)
3. Once Nuts are done soaking, dump the veggies & nuts (including the water) into the VitaMix, then Blend on High until smooth.
4. Add the remaining ingredients into the VitaMix with the Nutritional Yeast last.
5. Blend everything until smooth… using your VitaMix Tamper to mix it around as needed. Feel free to add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup water if the mixture is too thick. Ideally the mixture should have a consistency like mustard, but smooth.
6. Scoop approx. 1 Cup of Mixture into a large bowl – lining the sides and bottom of bowl.
7. Add in a couple of handfuls of Kale Leaves to the bowl, and Coat each piece of Kale generously with mixture.
9. Dehydrate at 125-135 degrees for 1-2 hours, then reduce heat to 115 degrees for an additional 20-24 hours or until all of the Kale is very crispy and flakes if crushed.
10. When done, remove the chips from the Dehydrator and store in airtight containers or Ziploc bags in the fridge until use.
Yields: Approximately 4-5 dehydrator trays of Chips (which fills up 3-4 large Gallon Ziploc)
Preparation & Cooking Time: 30 Minutes Prep & Soak. Approx. 20-24 hours dehydrating time. (your dehydrating time may vary depending on humidity, temperature, mixture, etc…)
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!