That is until I tried KALE CHIPS. Man these things are a cool invention. I would now rather eat a bag of these than potato chips in a heart beat.
This recipe is just me trying to replicate my favourite brand (I have forgotten the name now but I think it has the word earth in it).
1/2 head fresh kale
1 cup almonds (soaked over night)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Juice of 1 lemon
Cut kale into manageable chunks and remove any hard stalks from the centre (the finer stalks are fine but any thicker than about 1/2 a centimetre you want to remove).
Place soaked nuts and water in a good blender and blend until smooth paste. Add more water if required.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Coat individual pieces of kale in almond mixture and scrunch over in your hands.
Place on a lined tray and place in a dehydrator until crispy and crunchy. Alternatively place in oven on the lowest heat with the door ajar for about 5 hours or until crisp.
These tend to go soggy if you place them in tupperware. What i do is keep the little silica sachets that you get in store bought bags of kale chips and include them in the tupperware to store.