Air-Fryer Cheesy Kale Crisps (Vegan, Keto, Gluten-Free)

Kale chips are the perfect healthy snack to make in an air fryer. Add seasonings such as nutritional yeast (a dairy-free, cheesy flavored seasoning) garlic powder and a little salt and pepper makes them super tasty. Even if you don’t like kale, I bet you’ll love these! Each serving has 95 calories, 4 grams of fat, and just 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 1 Green. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 10 minutes 


Ingredients

6 cup slightly packed, kale (curly leaves, stems removed, chopped into large pieces, see shopping tips below

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, see shopping tips

A little garlic powder, kosher or sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Olive oil spray or your favorite cooking spray


Instructions

1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, toss together kale and olive oil. Sprinkle in nutritional yeast and a little garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss well to coat.

3. Spray the inside of air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Place the kale in fry basket and insert into air fryer. Cook until the kale is crisp, about 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.

4. Transfer kale chips to a bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. If they soften, re-crisp in the oven on a baking sheet for a few minutes.

Makes 4 servings. Each about 2/3 cup.


Food Facts and Healthy Benefits
Kale is a popular vegetable and a member of the cabbage family. It’s a cruciferous vegetable like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. Of all the super healthy greens, kale is king! It’s definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. medicinal properties. Loaded with vitamins A, K, C. Kale is actually one of the world’s best sources of vitamin C. A cup of raw kale contains even more vitamin C than a whole orange! Also a good source of beta carotene and lutein.

Nutritional yeast is a popular food product often used in vegan cooking. It’s completely dairy-free.  It gets its name from the protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it contains. Studies have shown it has a wide range of potential health benefits, ranging from lowering cholesterol to protecting the body from free radical damage.
Nutritional yeast has only 20 calories a tablespoon, 0 fat, 0 sugar and even 1g fiber.


Shopping Tips
Most supermarkets sell bags of kale, cleaned, cut, and ready to use. I prefer the curly leaves not flat ones. Most bagged kale is the curly leaf kind. I bought my bag at Trader Joe’s and Vons/Safeway.

Nutritional yeast is sold in health stores like Whole Foods and even Trader Joe’s.

The air fryer I bought is called Nu Wave Brio Air Fryer. It’s a 3-quart size and they do make them larger if desired. I love it! It’s very simple to use. You can buy it on Amazon



WW Freestyle SmartPoints 1-Blue
WW SmartPoints 1-Green
WW Points Plus 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
95 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 5g protein, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 90mg sod, 2g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle Points
40 calories, 1g sat. fat, 2g protein, 0g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!