Vegan cheesy kale crisps

    9 hours 30 min

    These kale crisps are dried out in a food dehydrator after being coated with a savoury vegan 'cheese' made with cashews, red pepper, chillies, garlic, spices and nutritional yeast. This is the most addicting vegan snack in the world! I just throw them in a bag and take them with me to snack on. I also sprinkle the kale crisps on salads to add a crunch.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 275g raw cashews
    • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
    • 40g roughly chopped onion
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded (optional)
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 180ml water, or more as needed
    • 65g nutritional yeast
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon dried mustard (optional)
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
    • 2 bunches curly kale, stemmed

    Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:9hr  ›  Ready in:9hr30min 

    1. Place cashews in a bowl. Cover with water; let soak for at least 1 hour. Drain and rinse.
    2. Transfer cashews to a blender; blend until finely chopped, scraping the sides of the bowl periodically. Add red pepper, onion, lemon juice, jalapeno pepper and garlic; blend until well chopped. Scrape the sides of the bowl; add 180ml water, nutritional yeast, paprika, turmeric, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary.
    3. Combine cashew mixture and kale in a large bowl; scrunch kale with your hands until evenly coated with cashew mixture. Spread in a single layer on an unlined dehydrator tray.
    4. Dehydrate kale at 41 degrees C (105 degrees F) until crisp, about 8 hours.


    Use 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper instead of the jalapeno pepper if you prefer.

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    Not sure what to make of this recipe but the end product was tasty enough for me to wish to do it again. Since I have never had anything like this before, I am not sure how mine should turn out, but once crisped enough, it was nice to eat a crunchy snack.  -  07 Apr 2017


    It was very good and the family enjoyed it.  -  05 Jan 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)