Faux Cheesy Kale Chips

Faux Cheesy Kale Chips

This savory snack is flavored with nutritional yeast, a plant-based alternative to real-deal dairy. It’s an excellent source of thiamine, riboflavin, and other B vitamins that keep your energy going.1 Not to mention, nutritional yeast has digestive and antimicrobial benefits, and promotes healthy gut bacteria.2 These flavorful flakes get paired with leafy greens for an extra nutritious treat that can’t be beaten.

Finished off with a dash of tangy tajin, your taste buds will be singing your praises! Crunch your way to better health and IBS symptom management, one faux-cheesy crisp at a time!

Makes: 6 servings
Serving Size: ¼ mixture
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for faux cheesy kale chips

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/3 nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tajin seasoning (or use a chili-lime seasoning)

Directions for faux cheesy kale chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash kale. Using a salad spinner or clean kitchen towel to dry kale.
  3. Separate kale from stem and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Using a spray bottle, evenly distribute oil on kale.
  5. In a small bowl, add nutritional yeast and tajin. Mix until fully incorporated. Sprinkle on kale.
  6. Bake until ends are lightly brown. Approximately 8-10 minutes. Check your oven at 4 minutes as ovens vary greatly.


  1. United States Department of Agriculture. Food Data Central. Retrieved from: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/623470/nutrients.
  2. Jensen, G. S., K. M. Patterson, and I. Yoon. "Nutritional Yeast Culture has Specific Anti-Microbial Properties without Affecting Healthy Flora. Preliminary Results." Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences 17.2 (2008): 247-52. Web.

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 76
  • carbohydrates: 7.5g
  • fat: 4g
  • fiber: 2.5g
  • potassium: 342mg
  • protein: 4g
  • saturated fat: 0.5g
  • sodium: 210mg
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