July 4, 2012

Garlicky Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast

These kale chips are crunchy, cheesy, and one of the most addictive healthy snacks that you can eat. Plus, they're so easy to make! 


1 Bunch of Curly Green Kale (about 8 cups, firmly packed)
1 cup raw Cashews, soaked 2-4 hours (soaking optional)
1/8 cup water, to reach desired consistency
3 TBSP Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast, to taste
1 Whole Garlic Bulb (8-10 cloves), chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 TBSP Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup (optional, I usually omit)
4 tsp Granulated Garlic (garlic powder)

1. Remove stems off of kale. Wash kale leaves and let the kale dry off, leaving just a bit of water. Rip apart the kale leaves in pieces (not too big and not too small) and transfer to a large bowl.
2. Place all ingredients, except granulated garlic in a food processor. Process until smooth, thick, and creamy, like hummus. Add more water, if necessary.
3. Take handfuls of the mixture and massage it into the kale, evenly coated, making sure there are no clumps.
4. Toss with granulated garlic, evenly.
5. Lay flat on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Dehydrate at 115 degrees until the leaves leaves curl up.

*OR for non-raw option, bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is an amazing ingredient that is a complete protein and has all 18 essential amino acids that our body needs.

According to the Bob's Red Mill website, Nutritional yeast is grown on enriched purified cane and beet molasses under carefully controlled conditions. T6635, with the addition of vitamin B12, is an ideal vegetarian support formula and has an appealing cheese flavor. 

-Nutritional Yeast is inactive so it's not the same as the type of yeast you bake with.
-It has a flaky/powdery texture that resembles fish food flakes.
-Be careful not to confuse it with Brewer's Yeast, which is a by-product of the beer making process.
-Nutritional yeast has a nutty, buttery and cheesy flavor that adds a special tang to snacks. -When added to a liquid base, it becomes a salty, creamy texture. That's why so many vegan and vegetarians substitute nutritional yeast for many of their dishes!
-It can be sprinkled over popcorn or salads, added to juice, cereal, smoothies, gravies, soups or casseroles, or used to make sandwich spreads.

Nutritional Yeast contains:
Low Amount of Sodium and Fat, and ZERO cholesterol

How To Eat Nutritional Yeast Flakes

There are many ways to incorporate nutritional yeast into your meals. My favorite way to eat it is in kale chips. It may look strange, and sound even weirder, but is surprisingly delicious. Do not confuse it with Brewer's Yeast, which contains the same nutrients with a more bitter taste.

Ways nutritional yeast can be used:

-Use it to make kale chips. I posted a recipe for the best kale chips EVER!
-Sprinkle it on popcorn. It's definitely a more healthy substitution to butter and salt!
-When you roast vegetables, sprinkle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
-Add it to salad dressings.
-Substitute for cheese in salads and baked potato.
-Add it to soup or pasta for a creamier consistency.

Note: When preparing any food where you are going to use this yeast, add it at the end, so that the vitamins are not broken down from the food.  

Have you ever had kale chips?
What is your favorite flavor?
Have you ever used Nutritional yeast?

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