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Pizza Kale Chips

Pizza Kale ChipsIf you’re at all unsure about the gustatory merits of kale chips, try this recipe first. You’ll be shocked at how outrageously fantastic these pizza-flavored crunchers are. This recipe is from Practically Raw,* copyright © 2012 Amber Shea Crawley, reprinted by permission, Vegan Heritage Press.

Serves: 4

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 2 to 4 hours and drained
  • 1/4 cup hempseeds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 bunch kale, tough stems removed, roughly chopped (6 to 8 cups)

Combine all ingredients except the kale in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth, adding a splash of water if needed to blend.

In a large bowl, combine the kale and the pizza sauce. Use your hands to massage the sauce all over the kale, making sure it’s coated completely.

Make It Raw: Arrange the kale in a single layer on a Teflex-lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate for 8 hours or overnight, until crisp.

Make It Baked: Preheat the oven to 300°F and grease a baking sheet with coconut oil. Arrange the kale in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and use a fork or spatula to carefully flip the kale chips over (it’s ok if you miss a few). Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes, watching carefully to make sure the kale doesn’t burn, then remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Substitutions:
Hemp seeds: additional sunflower seeds or cashews
Red bell pepper: 1 medium ripe tomato, cored, seeded, and chopped

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    kim myer
    April 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Can’t wait to try this

    • Reply
      Nava
      April 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Let us know what you think once you’ve made it!

  • Reply
    Jacqui
    May 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I’ve made these a few times now, and everyone loves them, even those people who usually won’t eat kale chips! And the house smells like a big pizza when I’m making them too. Perfect!

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