These Sweet and Salty Kale Chips are a quick, simple and skinny snack at 118 calories per serving.

Sweet and Salty Kale Chips - a quick, simple and skinny snack at 116 calories per serving
Ok, I’m a little slow to jump on this kale bandwagon.  Up until a few months ago, kale made a rare appearance as part of a roast dinner and that was it.

I was vaguely aware of the kale hype in the US, but hadn’t really noticed it in the UK.

That all changed when I started making green smoothies and my rainbow smoothies using the stuff, and now I’m a convert.

I tried replacing it with lettuce once in my breakfast smoothie.  Blurgh gag.  Don’t do it.

So today, the kids went back to school.  I’m sat at my laptop, in the house by myself for the first time since I finished work.  I was congratulating myself having earlier been out for a run (‘proper’ exercise is generally cause for celebration for me) and thinking about how healthy that one run makes me.  Then the snack devil hit me.  I wanted a biscuit or a nice big piece of chocolate.  This is what I was afraid of.  Being in the house, so close to the fridge.  How am I going to stop myself from grazing allllll day?  I’d had my morning smoothie, I’d had some fruit.  What could I nibble on that isn’t hugely calorie laden?

 I was considering some sweet and salty popcorn, when I realised I didn’t have any.  Then I came upon the idea of sweet and salty kale chips.

I’d seen recipes for plain or salt & vinegar kale chips, but they didn’t really take my fancy.  So I made the chips in the usual way that I’ve seen all over the net – just a case of massaging some olive oil into some kale leaves and cooking on low for 15 minutes or so.  They tasted ok.  With the addition of the salt and sugar though? Yes!!

I was a little worried that sprinkling sugar on the cooked kale would just feel like you’re crunching granules of sugar.  I expect that cooking the kale with the sugar on though, would just result in chewy leaves (has anyone tried this?).  So I went for a combination of half caster (super fine) sugar and half icing sugar (powdered sugar).

Sweet and Salty Kale Chips - a quick, simple and skinny snack at 116 calories per serving
They turned out great and I sat there and ate a whole bowl!

Looks like I’m going to have to start upping my kale shopping!

I’ve just noticed that I’ve been referring to them as chips throughout this post.  I probably should call them crisps, since I live in the UK.  Kale crisps? Nah, just doesn’t sound right!

Sweet and Salty Kale Chips Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Sweet and Salty Kale Chips

Sweet and Salty Kale Chips - a quick, simple and skinny snack at 118 calories per serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 portions
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: British


  • 150 g curly kale any tough stalks removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ tbsp confectioners powdered sugar
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  • Preheat your oven to 135c/275f. Wash your kale, dry it out on some kitchen paper and cut off any stalks - so you're just left with the tender leaves. Place the kale into a large bowl and drizzle the oil over the top. Gently massage the oil into all of the leaves with your hands. One tbsp doesn't seem a lot, but it will stretch to cover all the leaves. Divide the kale between two metal baking trays (in a single layer) and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Take your kale out of the oven. It will have shrunk down significantly. Place in your serving bowl and sprinkle on the salt and caster sugar. Toss the kale gently, then sprinkle the confectioners sugar on top before serving.


Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 368mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7490IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Tom says:

    5 stars
    Love this healthier snack.

  2. Phillip || says:

    Love, love, loooove kale chips! It’s makes eating healthy a biiiit easier for me. Beautiful photos, as well!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Yeah, I think a few of these balance out the chocolate banana sundae muffins I’m hoping to publish in the next day or two…… 😉
      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. My husband is usually the expert, but I did this one, so I’ve got a big smile now 😀

  3. nancyc says:

    Kale chips are something I’ve been wanting to try; you have inspired me to try these soon! 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thank you Nancy 🙂 Really hope you like them!

  4. Nicky Corbishley says:

    Even easier if you get some ready washed, cut and bagged kale 🙂 Glad you like it Ahu.

  5. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine says:

    I am a huge kale fan, but never have made good kale chips. Mine always turn out ashy. I love kale in salads and soups though… and of course smoothies!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Could be the temperature. I decided to go low on the temp for fear of burning them. They were perfectly crispy after 15 mins. Mmmm kale in soup – like that idea!

  6. Christine says:

    This looks amazing! I haven’t really jumped on the kale bandwagon yet, but this seems like the perfect recipe to try for the first time!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Good to know I’m not the only one new to this kale malarkey 🙂 They’re really good (and thankfully really easy).