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Cheesy Kale Chips

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Oh my, these Cheesy Kale Chips are just amazing.  The nutritional yeast plays a very import role in creating a very cheesy flavor.  I highly recommend the Bed Star brand.  I have tried many others and don’t get the same result in flavor.  In the recipe it states to put in red pepper flakes, this is optional if you don’t like much heat.  You can also use any type of kale for this recipe.  Trust me, these won’t last long in your kitchen!



  1. Chop the red pepper into chunks and add to a blender with the lemon juice. Blend until the pepper is broke done nicely.
  2. Add the cashews, red chili pepper flakes and salt and again blend until smooth.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast and blend again. Doing it in stages like this helps you to get the smooth consistency you need without over-heating it.
  4. Put the kale in a large bowl then pour the blended mixture over it and massage it in until all the leaves are coated.
  5. Place it on dehydrator trays on mesh sheets and dehydrate at 110 degrees for about 8 hrs.  If they aren’t crispy enough, leave them in a bit longer.



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37 thoughts on “Cheesy Kale Chips

  1. Angela says:

    These are sooooo good!! Two days after making them, they were gone!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  2. shaj says:

    Umm, umm good, that’s what cheesy kale chips are, umm, umm good!!! Sue, my taste buds are loving it. I added some chipolte seasoning & smoked paprika to this third batch & I’m just snacking away. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Will says:

    Hello Amie-Sue, Thank you for the awesome website. My kale bunches must have been too big for one batch so I made a second batch but I was out of lemons. I substituted 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, I think it is an improvement on this delicious recipe.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Will,
      That can happen. I have seen tiny to large bunches of kale at the stores…so sometimes a person has to just eyeball it. ACV is great substitution, thank you for sharing that just in case others find themselves short on lemons. I have used AVC in kale chips and do enjoy it as well…it’s all in preference. Have a blessed weekend! amie sue

  4. Pilar says:

    I just made these chips and trying to handle myself around them so I don´t eat them all in one go ;-) I guess they really deserve an OMG rate. Congratulations Amie!

  5. Hello again, Amie-Sue!
    I am hosting my first official uncooking class this Saturday, and would love to use your Cheesy Kale Chip recipe in class. If you give permission, I will be glad to pass the credit along to you, plus provide a link to your site. (It’s THE site for great raw recipes, anyway!)

    • amie-sue says:

      Greetings Suzie!
      By all means….share share share… it’s what it is all about. :) Have a wonderful time, breathe and know that you will do amazing. Let me know how it goes, I am so excited for you! You will be in my thoughts that day. :) amie sue

  6. Halley says:

    Your recipes look amazing!!

    I just wanted to ask, can you recommend something other than kale for chips? I love kale chips, but I live in Greece and there is no such thing :(

  7. Carley says:

    This recipe is amazing. Thank you so much for posting!

  8. derjurgen says:

    WOOOOHHAAAA! Awsome snack! And awsome website!!!
    Kale are in season here in Denmark at the moment :-)

    Many many thanks for all the inspiring recipes

    PEACE – Positive energy activates constant elevation

    • amie-sue says:

      Forget snack derjurgen, more like addiction! lol Your welcome and enjoy! Have a blessed day and thank you for the comment. amie sue

  9. Sandi says:

    Wow, these were amazingly wonderful and so easy to make! It was hard to stop eating them :). Took some to work and passed them around – most everyone loved them, so I referred them to your your site. Thanks so much for your beautiful photos and fabulous recipes!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Sandi… together we will convert this world over to kale chips… one chip at a time. hehe Have a wonderful weekend! amie sue

  10. ben says:

    I think I’m making these this coming weekend. Noticed the batter’s essentially the same as your cheese nip cracker flavoring–and that cracker’s the most popular in my house. So I figure everyone at home will go for these kale chips, too. Thanks, Amie-Sue.

    • amie-sue says:

      Yes indeed Ben… if they liked the cheese nips, they will surely love these. :) Have a great day, amie sue

  11. Carole says:

    I am curious about nutitional yeast as I am trying to cut sugar and yeasts as it is supposed ot help the thyroid. Your thoughts? Is this a different type of yeast? I love cheesy Kale chips! But will they love me?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Carole,

      I am not sure about the connection between nutritional yeast and the thyroid. I can only suggest that you do further research on this, I don’t know the answer to it. Sorry.. Have a great day, amie sue

  12. Queene says:

    As I type our Cheese Nip crackers n Kale chips are dehydrating right now my kids had the nerve to want some after sneering there noses up whenIi was prepping the first batch ! Surprise surprise theyre bout trned out to eating everything raw cause of your delicious recipes on here Thaaaaaaanks for sharing I sho wish youd make some vidoes so we could learn by watching even tho you break it down puurfectly ~ again thany U mucho grande

    • amie-sue says:

      Haha I love it Queene. I love hearing stories like that. :) I would love to do some videos because some things are hard to put into writing. I just need to get over being camera shy. :P Have a blessed and wonderful weekend. amie sue

  13. Judy says:

    Hi, just found your site for the first time, and I’m totally excited to make some of these recipes. Have you figured out any sort of substitute for the red pepper in the cheesy kale chips? I’m sort of allergic to red bell pepper. Thanks, Judy

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Judy… just omit the red pepper if you are allergic to them. I hope you enjoy them and my site! Blessings, amie sue

  14. Michelle says:

    These are incredible! I used 1/2 tsp chipotle powder instead of the flakes and it is the perfect amount of smoky heat. Thanks so much!

  15. Jenn says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been making it often because of the abundance of kale in my garden. Unfortunately if I don’t double or triple the recipe, the chips are gone in a day…my husband LOVES THESE!!!!

  16. Lynda says:


    I wanted to let you know that I have these cheesy kale chips in my dehydrator right now. My house smells divine. I already know they are good because I tasted the sauce and it was so yummy.

    I appreciate that this recipe is so easy and quick.

    • amie-sue says:

      I just love the smells that come from the dehydrator… well except that one time I tried dehydrating sauerkraut… oh boy, that was… interesting. lol Enjoy and have a blessed nights sleep, amie sue

  17. ana says:

    What if i don’t have a dehydrator? Can I bake them, somehow?

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Ana,

      I don’t bake any of my raw recipes so I don’t have an experienced answer to give you. I know many people in the cooked world do bake them though. My best suggestion is to set the oven on the lowest temp and leave the door cracked. I don’t know how long it will take so you will have to keep an eye on them. They won’t be raw anymore, so just be aware of that. Have a great weekend, amie sue

  18. Gaybreal says:

    This looks good! I like to usebag kale however there arent recipes for kale chips using cup memeasurements! :/ would you know how many cups I could use for this recipe of kale?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hmm, that is a hard one Gaybreal. I don’t know the measurement in cups but one time I weighed a head of kale and it was 10 oz… so you can use that as rough estimate. The bagged kale ought to have a weight measurement on it. I hope this helps. amie sue

  19. Cassandra says:

    Amie, I just received my new Excalibur dehydrator and the first thing I tried was the cheesy kale chips and I must say it was a lot easier than I thought. I’ve been so intimidated about raw food prep until I found your site. I do need to experiment more for the exact taste I’m looking for, but I now have the confidence to try. I love your site and you for making this available to those of us who want to do more raw, but were afraid of those intimidating books and sites. Thank you so much! I am so grateful, God blessed this planet with you.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Cassandra,

      Your message tonight really touched my heart. Thank you so much. I know what it feels like to be intimidated in the kitchen when trying to adapt new eating habits… it is my heart to encourage and inspire you to be all that you can be in the kitchen… and to have great fun in the process. :) You are a blessing. amie sue

  20. Ashley says:

    Hi Amie Sue: your website is fabulous. Congrats. I wonder if you can clarify some differences in dehydration instructions for your Kale chip recipes. I am confused about using mesh or teflex, and hours of dehydration. For instance, you have different instructions of using mesh vs teflex trays, and dehydrating hours for:
    Cheesy Kale: “Place it on dehydrator trays on mesh sheets and dehydrate at 110 degrees for about 8 hrs”
    Mexican Cheese Kale: • “Spread kale out on the teflex sheets… Dehydrate on 105 degrees for about 6 hours.”
    Queso Mexican Kale: “Place on the telfex sheets that come with your dehydrator and dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 4-6 hours.”
    Also, there is no reference in your instructions, when using teflex sheets, to flipping over the kale chips onto mesh trays after a certain time. Thanks for your clarifications.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Ashley,

      First off, thank you for the kind words. I appreciate that and it really encourages me.

      I can understand why you are asking the questions that you are. For a little back explanation, you need to understand that I have been building and adding recipes to this site for at least 8 years now and through out that time, I try new and different ways of making things… therefore some instructions shift. I share exactly what I did at the time of creating that recipe. It might be in my best interest one day to go through all of them and make them the same so it doesn’t confuse others. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. My goal here is to help, not confuse. :)

      Making kale chips the way I instructed on each of those recipes will work out just fine… but to fast forward to today, I have come to always make my kale chips by placing them on the teflex sheet at 115 degrees, drying them for 4-6 hours until done. I rarely ever find that I need to flip them onto the mesh (unless I really gooped on the sauce). The length of the dry time will always vary. It depends on how thick the sauce is on the leaves, how full the dehydrator is, what machine you have and what your climate is like.

      I hope that helps… you should soon see a change in my recipes for the kale chips. :) amie sue

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