DIY Kale Chips! Plus, A Whopping 10 Flavor Options

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kaleal Like everyone else in their right minds, we are completely obsessed with kale chips. They're crunchy, delicious, and so healthy you're practically munching on vitamin-rich air, right?

Kinda. Well, no.

Hate to break it to you (and us), but store-bought kale chips are a lot less kale and a lot more of the goop and flavor-izers, meant to bulk up the greens, and make you more inclined to choose these over potato chips. Even the most natural, organic brands are packing 5-9 grams of fat per serving — of kale! The truth hurts, we know.

Luckily, there is an incredibly easy solution available to you. Make 'em yourself. Got 30 minutes and a Ziplock bag? You're half an hour away from crispy, crunchy kale chips you can enjoy without living in fear of a shocking nutrition label.

Click through for step-by-step instructions — plus, ten of our favorite flavor variations!

kaleingredientsBase Ingredients:
1 bunch kale, washed and dried (crucial step!)
1 tbsp olive oil

Flavor Variations:
Soy & Sesame: 2 tbsp soy sauce + 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
Salt & Vinegar: 1 quarter cup sherry vinegar + 2 tsp fine salt
Lime & Chili: Juice of 1 lime + 1 tsp lime zest + 2 tsp chili powder
Seasoned Lemon: 2 tbsp Annie's Naturals Lemon Chive Salad Dressing + juice of 1 lemon + 1 tsp black pepper
Balsamic Vinaigrette: 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar + 1 tbsp Dijon mustard + 2 tsp Herbes de Provence
Roasted Garlic: 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped + 3 tsp garlic salt
Creamy Dill: 1 tbsp sour cream mixed with base olive oil + 3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
Roasted Chicken (don't hate, ask the UK!): 1 chicken bullion cube dissolved into 1/4 cup water
Extra Cheese: 2 tbsp Parmesan or Asiago cheese. Half mixed in the bag, half sprinkled on before baking.
French Onion: 1 packet (or two tbsp) french onion dip or soup mix, combine with olive oil.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 300. Pour base ingredients into a large Ziplock bag.

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Step 2: Pour flavor ingredients in, and shake/smoosh until they're relatively combined.

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Step 3: Remove kale stems, and chop into large-bite-sized pieces (they'll shrink a bit while baking). Put the kale in the bag — don't press the air out.

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Step 4: Shake, shake, shake then turn it upside down and shake some more.

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Step 5: Once the chips are evenly coated, open the bag a bit and press air out. Re-seal, and now massage the kale through the bag. This will help the tough leaves take the flavor.

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Step 6: Lay kale on a lined baking sheet (or one that's sprayed lightly with cooking spray). Pop 'em in the oven for 30 minutes or until crisp!

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Step 7: Go out for more kale. You'll be doing this all week long.

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