Tosca Says...

"It is the food that we eat which is responsible for shaping such a vast array of body types. Yes, the food!" - Tosca Reno, Author of The Eat Clean Diet

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kale Chips - The simplest snack you'll ever not fry.

For months, I kept hearing various people raving about kale chips. Apparently, it was a fad of sorts that I, as usual, was the last to know about. Like planking. Or being Vegan. Or shopping on Black Friday. I admit it. I'm slow to catch onto these things.

Luckily around the time I got a hankering to try making my own batch, a friend shared what she had heard about making them. So I found some courage and picked up some kale on my next rip to the grocery and gave it a shot.

WARNING: This method is so simple, you might think you've misread the instructions. You haven't.

SECOND WARNING: While these chips will stay fresh for several days in an airtight container, you'll be lucky to have leftovers to put in one.

DISCLAIMER: This is more a method than a recipe. I use all ingredients to my own taste and experiences. I encourage you to do the same, and think you'll figure out your own personal "recipe" after a time or two. 


Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Fresh Kale - As much as you care to bake. For a crisper chip, I recommend leaves with tightly bunched edges, like these: (A flatter leaf will yield a chewier leaf)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 1: Wash and pat to dry. When dry, tear leaves from the stalk and into moderately-sized pieces and toss into large bowl.

Step 2: Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. I just toss with my hand until all pieces are completely coated. 

Step 3: Spread onto non-stick baking sheet or sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Step 4: Bake for about 10 minutes, give or take, until crispy. Watch them closely and remove from the oven as soon as the edges begin to brown. Once they become crisp, they will scorch quickly so keep watch.

Step 5: Enjoy!


  1. I love warning #2...I am sure it is as true as when you bake a hot fresh loaf of's not easy to not munch it all straight from the oven!!!

  2. It's so true Lindsey. My daughter (12) absolutely loves kale chips and between the two of us, we rarely have leftovers! At least it's a snack I don't mind her gobbling up by the handful! ;) No Guilt for eating the whole bowl! Ever! ;)