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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Homemade Vegan Cheddar Kale Chips

We had been thinking about getting a dehydrator for a few years now and finally decided to purchase one. After a lot of research we decided on a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator with timer, model # 3926TB.

We are planning on using it to dehydrate fruit, herbs, vegetables, and make snacks like fruit roll-ups and zucchini chips for the kids, so we went with the larger 9-tray model. Stocking our pantry with healthy snacks instead of buying store bought processed items, and being able to preserve our garden harvests were our main reason for purchasing a dehydrator.

Yesterday I got to play around with it and made some delicious Vegan Cheddar-Kale Chips!

The recipe I used was from Ani Phyo's book Ani's Raw Food Essentials.


1 cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 to 4 tablespoons water, as needed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 cups bite-size pieces of kale, packed (about 1 bunch)


Place the red peppers in a food processor or blender, then add the remaining ingredients except for the kale. Blend, using only enough water to process into a thick cream.

In a large mixing bowl, toss the pepper mixture with the kale, coating it evenly.

I tossed it with my hands, working the mixture evenly into the kale.

Spread the kale onto two 14 inch square Excalibur Dehydrator trays and dry at 104° for 8 to 10 hours.

The finished Cheddar-Kale Chips!!

They taste even better than the ones we get from the Store!

We usually buy them whenever we go to Whole Foods, but like everything healthy, they are a little pricy. 
I made one small batch, which is probably equal to 6 bags from the store and it cost less than 1/5th of the price!

Can't wait to try other recipes!!


  1. How awesome! They look so delicious. A dehydrator is on my wish list so I'll keep this in mind for when we are able to get one. The cheese coating sounds so yummy - I may have to use it over pasta or something!

  2. Looks yummy! I'll have to try them out when our Kale in the garden gets a little bigger!

  3. We bought our first dehydrator this last fall and have been faithfully using it ever since. We made some kale chips: just with salt and EVOO but we really enjoyed them. Thank you for sharing this post at the HomeAcre Hop! Look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening: http://blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/


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