Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

Happy Holiday Monday!  Hope everyone is in the middle of enjoying a nice long weekend.  I actually hope that you’re out doing something fun and reading this on Tuesday.  Or if you are reading it today, hopefully you’re curled up on the couch in some comfy clothes with a delicious warm beverage enjoying some relaxation.

I made these Kale Chips last week and they were seriously delicious! I actually finished the whole batch in one day.  But you know what? It’s Kale and it’s good for you so who cares?? Eat up people, eat up!

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

Make sure you dry your Kale thoroughly before you make these, you want to eliminate all the moisture from the leaves because they’ll steam instead of bake and who wants to eat a floppy piece of Kale when you can be eating a crispy, melt-in-you-mouth Kale Chip?  I washed mine the day before and spread it out on a paper towel to let it dry for a few hours.

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

When you coat the leaves with oil, try to use as little oil as possible while also making sure you get all of the leaves.  I like to get in there with my hands and massage the leaves so it gets evenly distributed.

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

I probably crowded too much on this pan, it’s better to spread them out a little but I wasn’t patient enough to make 2 batches.

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

If you’d like to keep them super healthy, leave out the sugar but I was craving some Kettle Corn, like hard-core (one of my weaknesses) so I decided to create a little salty-sweet concoction that would satiate my craving.  I used some coconut palm sugar I have on hand.  Although it’s still sugar, I’ve heard it has a lower glycemic index than most sweeteners so I think it’s a better option.

These smelled SO good as they were baking, you would have thought I had a chocolate cake in the oven.

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

Ok, now I’m drooling, I need to make these again.  I’m way too hungry right now to be looking at these photos.



Snowshoeing {with a masked man}!


We went up to NH for the long weekend and enjoyed a nice weekend full of skiing and snowshoeing.  I finally got to use the snowshoes I got for Christmas LAST year.  Great workout!

Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

Meal type Snack


  • 1 head kale (washed & dried thoroughly)
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • cocoa powder
  • cayenne pepper powder
  • salt
  • coconut sugar


1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
2. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut or rip into small pieces.
3. Toss Kale in olive oil and massage with your hands until all of the leaves are lightly coated.
4. Spread leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season well with salt, cocoa powder, coconut sugar & a LITTLE cayenne. A little goes a long way so go light with it or you'll blow your head off.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light & crispy.

11 Responses to Cocoa & Cayenne Dusted Kale Chips

  1. Heather says:

    I cannot wait to make these little yummy crispy delights. Thank you Mai-Lis, it made me seriously hungry to even read this!

  2. Natalie says:

    I love making kale chips, and I love cocoa and cayenne! I can’t wait to try these.

  3. Dawn says:

    If you have a dehydrator, you can leave the leaves damp. They’ll crisp right up at about 98 degrees left overnight. Perfection!

  4. Super Human Foods says:

    Interesting variation. I haven’t seen any dessert kale chips! I wonder if kids would eat these. :)

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