You’re going to love these Air Fryer Kale Chips that have a cheesy flavor, but are 100% vegan and dairy-free. This recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy snack. Make these healthy chips in just 7 minutes.

bowl of kale chips on top of a green and white napkin

Air fryers are kitchen appliances that fry foods by circulating hot air around the food. Air-fried foods are believed to be healthier than deep-fried foods because they require less oil to produce a similar taste and texture.

Air-frying is great because it doesn’t heat up your kitchen and you can make smaller batches of food without worrying about having to heat up your big kitchen oven. Most air-fryers don’t have to be pre-heated either, which makes cooking faster and simpler. This air-fryer is similar to mine.

Kale Nutrition Facts

  • Kale is a popular vegetable and a member of the cabbage family.
  • Like other leafy greens, kale is very high in antioxidants.
  • Raw kale contains even more vitamin C than a whole orange.

Recipe Highlights

  • These air-fryer kale chips are dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and so easy to throw together in a short amount of time.
  • Kale chips can be served as a nutritious and satisfying snack, or you can make for a side dish instead of a salad.
  • Make a big batch of kale chips and store them in a zip-top bag for up to 5 days. Snack on them throughout the week.
  • Nutritional yeast is a vegan and dairy-free substitute for Parmesan cheese. It is a deactivated yeast product that is high in fiber and low in carbs. Buy this non-fortified nutritional yeast.
labeled ingredient photo for air fryer kale chips

Recipe Steps

Step One

The first step in making your easy air fryer kale chips is to wash your batch of curly kale and pat it dry. Then, pull each of the leaves off of the stems, and place them into a medium mixing bowl.

raw curly kale in a mixing bowl

Step Two

Add in the olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to massage the oil into the leaves. This will ensure that each chip gets nice and crispy.

kale leaves in a bowl with nutritional yeast on top

Step Three

Transfer the leaves to the basket of your air fryer, and set the temperature to 390 degrees F for 7 minutes.

kale chips in the basket of an air fryer ready to be cooked

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FAQs

Can I use dinosaur kale to make kale chips?

Yes, you can use other types of kale to make the chips, but the curly type is best. The curled edges help hold on to the toppings.

Can I bake these in a regular oven instead of an air fryer?

Yes! You can make kale chips in an oven. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes. For more details, see my Oven-Baked Kale Chip recipe.

Other Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

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Air Fryer Kale Chips (Cheesy, Vegan)

kale chips in a white bowl ready to be eaten

You’re going to love these Air Fryer Kale Chips that have a cheesy flavor, but are 100% vegan and dairy-free. This recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy snack. Make these healthy chips in just 7 minutes.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 batch curly kale, washed and patted dry
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove the leaves from the stems of the kale and place them in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to massage the toppings into the kale leaves.
  3. Pour the kale into the basket of your air fryer and cook on 390 degrees F for 6-7 minutes, or until they are crispy.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  1. If you are using a small air fryer, then cook your kale chips in two batches. You don’t want to overfill the air fryer basket.
  2. You can use other types of kale besides curly kale, but curly kale works best.
  3. Store your cooked kale chips in a zip-top bag for up to 5 days.

Keywords: cheesy kale chips, air fried kale chips, kale chips using nutritional yeast

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