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Posted on Sep 29, 2011 in Food, Recipes | 43 comments

Roasted Garlic Kale Chips

Oh you guys. You really know how to lift a gal’s spirits. I’m doing my very best not to let yesterday’s weigh-in continue to get me down. So I’m taking a few steps backwards and reverting to the denial stage of my weight gain grieving. Must be water weight, right? 😉


I figured that there was no better time to get back on the health horse than with a new recipe to satisfy an old craving. Snacking has always been my downfall. As you guys are probably well aware by now, bad day therapy for the Gretchen of Old included salt, oil, and carrrrbs. Chips, pretzels, fries, Triscuits, Cheez-its… if I had it around, I would eat it. I could demolish an entire canister of Pringles without a second thought (after all, once you pop, you just can’t stop!).


So I decided to once again try my hand at a tried-and-true bloggers’ favorite: kale chips!


Roasted garlic kale chips, to be precise.


Well, my fakey version of roasted garlic that is. It might not be oven-roasted, but you kill two birds with one stone this way: you’re not only left with the garlic, but the garlic-infused olive oil too!

Lettuce begin!

I got a huge head (?) of kale at the farmer’s market this past weekend, and couldn’t wait to bust into it. The picture above is of less than half of what I got!

Laid out

This “recipe” (if you can really call it that, seeing as it has 3 ingredients, haha) churned out more kale chips than I knew what to do with. So instead of taking the time to actually figure out how to properly store (refrigerator? Tupperware on counter?) the extras, I just ate it. All of it. Duh.


Roasted Garlic Kale Chips
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So easy, and SO simple, these robustly flavored “chips” taste are salty and crisp, but have less than a tablespoon of olive oil for the entire batch!


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 – 8 cloves garlic
4 cups torn kale leaves, rinsed and dried
Kosher salt, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a small, shallow pan to medium-low heat.

1. Add garlic cloves to oil. Simmer cloves on low until they are soft and translucent, at least 15 minutes.

2. Remove garlic from oil and smash (with mortar & pestle if available, otherwise with the back of a wooden spoon like I did.) Then add 1 tablespoon of the garlic-infused oil and mix. Save the rest of the garlic-infused oil in a container for later use.

3. In a large bowl, coat the kale leaves with the garlic & oil mixture (use your hands!) Ensure that each leaf is lightly but thoroughly covered, adding more oil if necessary. Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet (it may take 2 – 3 baking sheets or batches), and bake for 5 – 8 minutes, checking frequently as they go from perfect to burnt very quickly.

4. Sprinkle a little salt, let cool, and enjoy!

Kale Chips

Bring it on, snack attacks!

These nutrition stats are if you ate the entire thing yourself (er, not that I know anyone who would do that, of course…) FOUR CUPS OF KALE, and less than 300 calories. Of course, this recipe doesn’t yield four full cups of kale CHIPS due to the whole dehydration-shrinkage thing (hehe… “shrinkage“) but still. I know the fat content is on the high side from the olive oil, but again, most normal people probably know how to share. Keke.

I know I ask variations of this question all the time, but what can I say? I only have so much originality in me. Do you have a particular go-to healthy snack substitution? Kale chips aren’t quite as convenient as my beloved Popchips, but I know every single thing that’s in ’em which is pretty neat. And they’re still crisp and, of course, delicious, so they definitely hit the spot!

PS: I’ve made a few changes to the sidebar! I’ve changed up the picture at the top, and created buttons for my Amazon store and T-shirt shop. Let me know what you think!


  1. I would have eaten the whole batch, too! (Not that I’ve done that or anything… erm…). And for the record, there is no good way to store leftover kale chips. They turn to mush in the fridge, so you might as well eat ’em! 🙂
    These look great… I often used garlic flavored evoo for my chips (taking the easy way out!), but I’ll definitely give this recipe a shot. I’m sure they are much more flavorful.


    • I’ve tried making them before using the Trader Joe’s garlic-infused olive oil, but I really didn’t like the flavor. It just seemed a little off to me. But THIS flavor I looooove. But you’re right that “roasting” the garlic like this is definitely more time consuming… I just like that it leaves me with extra garlicky oil for more cooking (or more kale chip making! Bahaha.)

    • I was tempted to post the second half of the nutrition info, which includes something ridiculous like 1,460% of your daily Vitamin A requirement. YAY KALE. 😀

  2. omg i heart kale chips. i am even lazier than you and simply sprinkle garlic salt on mine before baking to get that garlic flavor. YUM. i try to ziploc baggy them up so i have healthy snacks for the office (gotta be careful though because they crumble easily!) The new pic is thoroughly appropriate and the amazon/tshirt store buttons look great!

    • Do they keep for more than like, 3 hours if you leave them out in ziplock bags?

      And aren’t you so proud of me for making those buttons myself?! I AM SO PROUD OF ME.

  3. Ohhh I love kale chips! I’m heading to the farmer’s market today and am hoping they have some good lookin’ kale!

    • Mine is super handsome, so I’m sure you’ll find a little somethin’ somethin’ there. 😉

  4. Love the new picture in the side bar…don’t see the link to the t-shirt shop…must be missing it.

    I will be trying the kale recipe! Sounds great! Have you tried terra chips? I am a fan of those.

    • Are those the ones that are made from like, sweet potato and whatnot? I’ve probably tried them at least once but it sounds like I’ll need to give them another go for sure.

      And the t-shirt link is right a button with a schnauzer icon, underneath the amazon store link — both of which are below the twitter and facebook icons!

      • They are made from sweet potato and parsnips and other root veggies. I like them a lot.

        AH! I see the links in firefox, but for some reason the pictures aren’t renedering in internet explorer. Weird.

  5. Kale kind of skeeves me out. I know it’s a weird food to be freaked out by but it just does.
    I do love your shrinkage link though. Oh George. I’m so sure it was the pool…

    • Hahaha, well, I think that everyone has one blogorama food that they just can’t get on board with. For some it might be chia seeds, for you it’s kale, for me it’s FIGS. I am sorry, they just look WRONG. Consider me skeeved.

  6. I’ve always wanted to try kale chips but I’m such a weenie about it. But I’ve also never had kale so I’m not sure what to expect. I just really love the idea of a salty snack that’s better for you than potato chips.

    • Right? And they really have that chip-like crispiness to ’em when you get them out of the oven just at the right time. Soooo worth it. They really are good. I think that even if you didn’t like soft kale, you’d like kale chips!

  7. ROASTED GARLIC kale chips??? OHHHH…..be still my heart. I’ve only made “regular” ones. I’m late to the party but want to add “bummer about the weigh in yesterday”. Chin up Gretchen…I love the 5 stages of grief analogy. Your blog is delightful!

  8. I.must.try.these. I’ve seen them on other blogs, but not with garlic, that I recall. I will definitely add pepper, too (love me some black pepper), and I can’t help but wonder what some cayenne would do. hmmm… 😉

    My go-to crunchy snack is my Sweet & Spicy Popcorn! I stick a bag of popcorn in the microwave, and while it’s popping I combine 2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/4 tsp cayenne in a small bowl. The moment the popcorn is done, open the bag and sprinkle the spice mix over the top. Give it a good shake, dump it into a bowl, and go to town. Warning: ADDICTIVE 🙂

    • UMMMMMMMM that sounds amazing. Consider my grocery list to officially just read “Popcorn.”

  9. I love kale chips. I love the idea of making the “garlic oil” too!

    You are back on the right track. Keep your head up!

  10. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. I have yet to successfully make Kale chips. The last time I tried, half of them weren’t cooked and the other half were burnt. How did that happen? I don’t know. Major fail!

    • That has happened to me SO many times. That’s why I say, you REALLY gotta keep an eye on them!


    Hahahhaa… who won’t click a hyperlink “shrinkage” to see where it leads to? What’s funny if I kinda thought that could be it!

    Just discovered your blog today and I’m thrilled at a lot I’ve been reading and feel very motivated. Congrats on all of your journey so far… even if you did have a bad week! 😀

    • Thanks Laura! Here’s hoping you get to see me on a good week soon, hahaha.

  12. I LOVE air popped popcorn. That is my go-to snack. Not as healthy as kale, but I love it anyway. I might have to try the kale chips. I have been scared of them due to the green color. 🙂

    • Hahaha, but green is gooooood!

  13. I second what Laura said…i really hoped that link would be Seinfeld. love it.

    • What can I say, I guess I know my audience!

  14. I always eat the entire thing of kale chips myself too. I mean, come on, it’s KALE, not donuts! Kale chips are one of the absolute tastiest things out there.

    • They are sooooo good. But unfortuantely, they also seem to be one of those things where I’m pretty sure nobody believes you until they try it for themselves!

  15. Just bought kale- thanks for posting this, otherwise I was going to have to use my friend Google haha

    • Let me know how they turn out for you!

  16. I wish there was a good way to store kale chips! I tried, but they don’t stay crispy…they wilt. 🙁 I’m going to try the garlic infused oil next time!

    • Gwahaha, just the excuse I needed to always just eat them all myself! 😉

  17. I totally found your blog on the Elegant themes forum of all places! I love it and also have two miniature schnauzers!

    • Hahaha, random connection but I love it! I was pestering them for tons of formatting help, haha. Yay! Mini-schnauzer lovers unite!

  18. I bought the kale to make these. Love a salty snack. I just ran the points for weight watchers. Did I do it wrong or is it really 8 points per serving?

    • I’m not sure exactly how the WW algorithm works, but I just plugged them into a points+ calculator and came up with the same figure. It’s probably because of the high fat, I’d imagine. You can try using less oil, or just make fewer chips at once. Like I said above, I really made A LOT. It was easily 2+ servings that I created, but since I ate almost all of them myself I figured that’s how I should have calculated the nutrition info, hahaha.

  19. OMG! I just made these. Can not believe how good these are! I ate them all. How can you not…. Thank you for sharing this.

    • I’m so glad you liked them! I know, whoever decided that kale could be turned into a chip is a GENIUS! 😀

  20. Hi,

    My husband and I have been working out and eating healthier the last couple of weeks. Starting out with fruit smoothies in the morning and then we have a simple dinner with raw vegetable/green apple smoothie. It’s beeng going well!! I love this recipe that you shared of the Kale Chips. Great for in between snacks. I am going to try this tonight and can’t wait. Thank you for sharing. Love your blog!!!

    • Thanks Claudia!! Let me know how they turn out!

  21. I wish I had eaten my entire batch! I put some in a tupperware container per other blog recipes, but they’re soggy today. Next time I’ll do what you did and just devour them all!


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