Some time ago, I went to a farmers market where a local vendor offered me a sample of raw vegan kale chips. I had never had raw kale chips before — oven-baked ones, yes, but raw ones with all the glorious nutrition intact, no — and so, intrigued, I selected a pizza flavor for my first experience with raw kale chips. I’m so glad I did.
The raw kale chip was crispy and crunchy with thick layers of pizza-flavored cashew cheese. I was instantly hooked. I bought some of the kale chips to take with me hoping that I’d be able to recreate the flavor profile at home.
It’s taken me a few years and several hundred delicious tries before I’ve gotten the same type of flavor as those chips I found in the farmers market that day, but I’ve finally hit the right combo of spices.
My chips get their cheesy flavor from raw cashews and nutritional yeast, the crunch comes from dehydrating them to perfection. And if you are a kale chip lover, you’ll appreciate that you can make these at home saving you tons of money since store-bought kale chips tend to be pricey.
To test the yum factor of this recipe, I served a big batch of pizza kale chips to a few friends over the weekend. I took it as a good sign when the bowl of kale chips disappeared in the blink of an eye, but an even better sign when I caught my friend using their finger to wipe up any leftover cheese bits left at the bottom of the bowl.
What I’m saying here is that these are pretty damn good. Bonus, they’re pretty damn healthy too.