A 5 year old’s favorite: Kale Chips baked in bacon fat!

For everyone who says “kids don’t like vegetables”, this one’s for you.

Monica hugging leafy greens!

Some of my faves: curly kale, collards and chard...!

My 5 year old son LOVES kale chips. In fact, he’ll eat an entire bunch of kale if they are made into kale chips. Here’s a recipe for you. Feel free to swap out the bacon fat with coconut oil or beef tallow, or lard. Stick with saturated fats, as they are the only ones that are healthy to bake with!

Crispy Kale Chips

1 bunch curly kale or lacinato kale (aka dinosaur kale), stem removed, torn into 1 inch size pieces, rinsed and dried

1 Tablespoon bacon fat (sustainably raised, nitrate/nitrite free) (or coconut oil or tallow or lard)

a pinch of celtic salt (or another salt that is high in trace minerals)

Melt the fat on a parchment lined sheet pan (unless the sheet pan is stainless steel) in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, melt in a pan on the stove and toss the kale pieces to coat in a bowl. Then place on sheet pan.)

Toss the kale in the melted fat (use tongs) and sprinkle with good salt. (you may also wish to be a bit adventurous and coat with curry powder, italian spices, or cinnamon!)

Be sure to leave some room between the kale pieces, so that they crisp and do not steam.  You may choose to use 2 sheet pans to spread them out.

Bake about 20 minutes. Check at 10-15 minutes to be sure they are not burning (oven temperatures vary).

B eating broccoli

Okay, so it's broccoli--but you get my point! Kids eat veggies! Hooray!

Enjoy! 🙂

P.S. don’t try to store these. They will lose all their crispiness, and then you’re left with limp kale!


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7 responses to “A 5 year old’s favorite: Kale Chips baked in bacon fat!

  1. My 3 year old girl also LOVES these kale chips! In fact just last night, I had to make a second batch because we polished off the first in no time!

  2. cindy

    I’m trying this tonight. I’m using ghee instead (don’t have bacon fat available right now) and Himalayan salt. I’m going to have to guess at a temperature since it’s not listed here. I’ll try 400 and see how that works!

    I have a 5 year old and an 8 year old and a 42 year old husband who have never had kale chips. 😉 I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. cindy

    oh, sorry, now it see that its 350! (sorry)

  4. Great recipe! At what temperature do you bake the kale in the oven for the 20-minute period?

    Many thanks!

    • simplybeingwell

      I do it at 350 F or 20 minutes. You can bake at lower temperatures for longer periods. Just keep your eye on them so that they don’t burn!

      be well!

  5. Thanks Monica!

    I can’t wait to try this and love that I can call them dinosaur kale chips.

    PS was checking out your make ketchup recipe and am wondering, where or how to purchase 1 1/4 c tomato paste if I don’t want to buy canned. Or does it matter?

    • simplybeingwell

      It does matter–you can purchase tomato paste in glass jars, and use the rest for a soup or a sauce! be well!

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