These oven baked kale chips using coconut oil are such an easy side dish or snack. They’re crunchy, healthy, and delicious! 

baked kale chips in a bowl on a white and yellow striped towel

Have you ever tried making your own kale chips? I have made them off and on for many years, usually in my food dehydrator. I’ve found that baking them in the oven is my preferred method though, since it’s so quick and easy.

I recently bought a bag of kale chips at the store and couldn’t believe that they were nearly $7 a bag! So, I am back to making my own. I can make my own homemade batch for closer to $2.50 a batch, so that’s a huge savings. I think you’re really going to love this easy kale chip recipe.

Best Kale for Kale Chips

There are three main varieties of kale that I usually see at the store: curly kale, baby kale, and lacinato or dino kale. I only recommend using curly kale for making homemade kale chips. The other varieties really aren’t ideal for various reasons. 

Curly kale can come in a green or purple variety and you can use either one for kale chips. I chose green curly kale for this recipe since that’s what I found at the farmers’ market.

green curly kale bunch on a white board

Ingredients

You won’t believe how simple this oven baked kale chip recipe is. I used only three ingredients:

  • curly kale
  • coconut oil
  • salt

You can feel free to get creative with your flavorings. 

curly kale on baking sheet

Recipe Steps

It’s so easy to make homemade baked kale chips. Here are the steps.

Step One

Remove the kale from the stems. Wash the leaves in a colander. 

Step Two

Pour the kale leaves onto a clean dish cloth and pat dry.

Step Three

Place the kale into a large mixing bowl and pour over the coconut oil. Use your hands to coat the kale leaves with the oil.

Step Four

Bake on a lined baking sheet at 350°F for 8 minutes on one side and then 5 additional minutes on the other side.

Step Five

Serve hot out of the oven.

kale chips in a white bowl

FAQs

How do you store kale chips?

I store them in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after baking.

Can I make kale chips in a dehydrator?

Yes, but you will need to bake them for up to 12-18 hours to get them crispy.

Here is the printable recipe:

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Oven Baked Kale Chips

baked kale chips in white bowl

These oven baked kale chips are a healthy snack or side dish made in 15 minutes!

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MBA, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Healthy, Vegan, paleo, gluten free, whole30
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Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch curly kale, green or purple
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy clean-up.
  • Use your hands to remove the kale leaves from the stems. Add the leaves to a salad spinner and wash thoroughly. Spin dry.
  • Gently pat the kale dry using paper towels or a clean dish towel. Place them in a bowl and pour over the coconut oil.
  • Use your hands to coat the kale with the oil.
  • Place the kale leaves on the baking sheets, trying to keep the leaves from overlapping. Sprinkle lightly with the salt.
  • Bake at 350°F for 8 minutes. Flip the kale chips and return them to the oven. Bake for approximately 5 more minutes, or until the leaves start to become brown around the edges. Be careful not to burn.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Notes

Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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