Vegan Sour cream & Chive Bacon Kale Chips

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on June 11, 2011

Oh.my.kale.

Kale is one of those foods that many people shy away from because it’s green, looks like seaweed, and tastes funny on it’s own. Or, wait, that’s why I used to shy away from it. But nonetheless, there have to be others that feel that way, right?

I was a kale hater until I was introduced to the kale chip, the gateway snack to a never ending love for all things kale.

After that, there was a phase of about 3 months where all I made was kale chips. Kale chips and toast, kale chips on salad, kale chips for snack, breakfast, whatever.

Kale is ridiculously good in eggs, if you haven’t tried it!

Did you know that it also has some pretty awesome super powers too? Kale can:

  • Reduce your risk of developing cancer. The glucosinolates in kale make isothiocyanates, which play a large role in kale’s ability to lower your chance of getting colon, ovary, prostate, or breast cancer.
  • Supports your detoxification systems. Those same isothiocyanates play a key role in kale’s detoxification properties.
  • Lower your LDL cholesterol. The best way to take advantage of its cholesterol reducing benefits is to lightly steam it.
  • High in flavanoids. Flavanoids help to reduce inflammation, and oxidative stress.

When’s the last time you were told that a chip could do all this, plus taste good? Never I tell you, never!

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Vegan Sour cream & Chive Bacon Kale Chips

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Corn free

Yield: 4 servings

Crunchy salted kale chips with sour cream and hickory smoke flavor.

Adapted from Douglas Mcnish

Ingredients

Veggie bacon bits

  • 175g firm tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp braggs soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil

Kale chips

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 tsp herbamare
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • batch of veggie bacon
  • 2 large bunches of kale

Directions

To make the veggie bacon bits: combine all ingredients but tofu in a glass container. Drop cubed tofu into container and stir to coat. Cover and allow to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours before. The next day: Preheat oven to 375F. Place marinated tofu on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until tofu is very crunchy. Remove from heat and cut into small pieces, or pulse in food processor. The smaller the bacon, the better they’ll stick to the chips.

To make the kale chips: blend all ingredients, except the kale and bacon, in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.

Wash and dry the kale leaves and strip leaves from the stems. Tear into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl. Add the mixture from the food processor or blender and pour over the kale leaves. Add the bacon and massage the kale with your hands, ensuring you cover all the leaves well into all the crevices.

Dehydrator version: Prepare your dehydrator trays (6-8) with parchment paper, and place the coated kale leaves down on the tray with the leaves touching, but not overlapping. Dehydrate for 12 hours at 105F. Cool and store in an air-tight container.

Oven version: Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place coated kale bits on cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating once. Be sure to check often as they can burn quite easily. Eat immediately.

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Note: the dehydrated version was good, but the oven version had more flavor.

These chips reminded me of the baked potatoes my Dad used to make my sister and I when my Mom was working late on Tuesday nights. I’ll never forget those potatoes filled with butter, a mountain of cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, and loads of thinly sliced chives.

Ah memories.

Okay, enough chit-chat. I gotta get a move on! 1 more hour before we have to leave for my race and I’m not nearly as ready as I should be.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Do you like kale? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

Growing up, did your Dad prepare special meals for you?

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

VEGAN bacon bits?! I’m going to buy liquid smoke to make this NOW. Looks fantastic. Kale chips are one of my top 5 blog-discoveries. So good.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

You know I don’t pay attn to anyone’s dietary paths and preferences, for the most part. A few people I know, oh yes, she’s a strict vegan, or she’s GF. So it took me by surprise when I saw bacon + kale. Til I read the fine print…it’s veggie bacon. You are GOOD! Wow, that is a creative recipe!

I havent had bacon since I was 7. I just dont like it! Never did! But my hubs…oh, he loves it. I bet he would love your version!

Kale chips for me…either chocolate coconut or cheezy (have posted about both, tons) :)

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie

If there is one kale chip im making…it’s this one!

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O.C.

I love kale! I make kale chips a lot or I curry it or put it in a Green Monster smoothie :)
And when I was a kid my dad would make me a really elaborate pancake or French toast breakfast on special occasions! It was so sweet!

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Jenny

My mom did pretty much all of the cooking, growing up, though we lived in SE Asia so we had the benefit of a domestic helper to help her chop the ingredients and stuff… She still decided what we were eating though! The only time my dad ever cooked for me was when I asked him to make pancakes. He made them for me every Sunday. I swear, he is a pancake-flipping master. He makes the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes ever…

I have to agree with other commenters – my favourite way to eat kale is in the form of kale chips! If I’m impatient, though, I will lightly steam it and eat with with a little drizzle of olive oil and balsamic or herbamare or some other seasoning. The only way I’ll eat it raw is in a Green Monster or massaged with some sort of tasty dressing!

Definitely going to try these out, because I love “smokiness” in chips… though I have to admit I’ve always hated the little bacon bits in stuff (tofu or not!). I’ll try them out just this once!

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Robyn

Yum! Those kale chips look good!

My dad made a lot of meals for us as kids. One thing that stands out though is how he used to slice pizza. He’d bake a frozen pizza and then instead of slicing it into traditional pie slices he would slice it into totally random shapes. As a kid I thought this was just so funny.

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Kristina @ spabettie

haa – the “gateway snack” indeed!! :) these look great!

have an awesome race!

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leslie

I have never had Kale(hangs head in shame) Looks sooo pretty

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Holley @ Lunges and Lashes

kale is a staple in my fridge and i LOVE roasting up some kale chips! this is a great spin on the regular recipe! great blog girl!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

Good luck with your race!!
I loooove the idea of the bacon bits. I’m totally going to try that next time I get some tofu. My hubby is a sucker for bacon bits, but I honestly think it’s just the salty smokiness. I tried to make kale chips once and it was a fail because I cooked them a little too long. Next time I’ll try cooking them for longer at a lower temperature, that might help me. I do love them though. Not all of them were over cooked and they were so yummy :D

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

These chips look so good! Chip form is really the only way I like kale — I’ve only had it a few other times but nothing beats the chips!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

okay this recipe is pretty flippin awesome!! i never experiment with kale! and i love love love the dip!

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Stephanie

Oh yuuuuuum…those sound amazing. My favourite kale chips are cheesy, with cashews and nutritional yeast. I love how kale chips almost melt in your mouth.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had cheesy kale chips! I guess that’ll have to be next on my list!

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Emily

As a kid, whenever I was having a bad day, my dad had 3 go-to foods warm my heart and fill my stomach:
1) Scrambled egg sandwich
2) Sliced banana in milk..with just a lil’ sugar!
3) Peanut butter toast (I remember thinking he was brilliant for coming up with this creation)

And I still love all of the above!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

“I remember thinking he was brilliant for coming up with this creation” haha I was the same way with my dad. I thought he invented the pierogi and told all of my friends of his wondrous creation.

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Emily @ Life on Food

I love kale chips. I always just make them at home with salt, pepper, and some olive oil. Just this weekend I was at a food event and I sampled flavored kale chips. It was life changing. One was similar with bacon. I cannot wait to try your recipe out. Another option, coconut and maple syrup. It was kale dessert!

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PolaM

These chips look like they could make you forget potato chips very easily! I will have to try them ASAP

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Claire

I hear such good things about kale chips. I really want to try these!!

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Irena

Oh, this is fantastic idea…. kale is fantastic vegetable, thanks for sharing recipe:)

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Traci

Wait this has nutritional yeast in it, but it says yeast free….typo?…or am I missing something?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks for catching that, Traci. It was a typo :)

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