Baked Kale Chips w/ White Bean Dip

Last week when I was going through my DVR I decided to catch up on one of my favorite shows: Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. There are usually episodes where the chefs have to create healthier dishes for their wealthy clients. The episode I saw highlighted a party for Ali Sweeneys book release. The chefs created a delicious, healthy menu for her and her guests. One of the appetizers stuck out to me. Baked Kale Chips with a bean dip. Of course they do not give you recipes when you are watching the show. But I heard Chef Sasha mention she was baking the kale chips with apple cider vinegar. That was all she gave me πŸ™ I was up for the challenge, because it sounded amazing!

It was one of the best things I had re created in a long time!

I have been wanting to make Kale chips for a while now. Everything that I had seen in the blog world required a dehydrator (a method used to preserve the nutrients). Which I don’t have. I think I nailedΒ  the baking method though. These were full of flavor, and I ate the entire bowl of kale before I sat down to write this post :/

(recipe at the bottom)

The first thing you want to do is cut the stems out of your Kale. Rinse it very well and make sure it’s completely dry. I use a salad spinner:

Break the stemless Kale up into pieces and place in a bowl to coat lightly with the seasonings:

While it’s baking in the oven I prepared my White Bean dip.

If I am not using dried beans, I ALWAYS use Eden Food brand beans because they are BPA free (see my old school post on BPA dangers).

Rinse the beans really well.

Meanwhile, saute your olive oil with your herbs:

I thought rosemary and sage sounded good. But I only had the dried herbs on hand

When the garlic starts to brown, add your beans and saute for a few minutes.

Add the beans to your food processor or Vitamix and bend it until it’s a “dip” consistency.




The Fitness Dish


Bunch of Kale, washed, dried completely and de-stemmed

1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar

1 TBSΒ  Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. After you wash, dry and break the kale into pieces (not too small), place in a large bowl. Drizzle the SMALLEST amount of the olive oil/ vinegar mix over the greens to coat them. Massage it into the leaves. This gave it an incredible flavor,but you don’t want to saturate them. I then sprinkled them with a little Himalayan Sea Salt and placed them evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until the edges are crispy.You don’t want them to get too brown, you still want that green color! Keep an eye on them. Oven times may vary! (Next time I may see what will happen if I turn the oven down as low as it goes, and cook them for longer. I was too impatient this time. And they came out delish)




White Bean Dip

The Fitness Dish


1 can White Cannellini Beans

1/4 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (plus more for drizzling)

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 TSP lemon juice

1/2 tsp dried sage (or double the fresh sage)

1/4 tspΒ  Rosemary

Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste

a sprinkle of cayenne to the olive oil topping for best results πŸ˜‰


Toss the olive oil, garlic, rosemary and sage in a pan on medium heat. Once the garlic starts to brown add the white beans. Cook over low heat for a few minutes. Place the mix into a food processor and blend until smooth. If you find the dip is dry, add a few TSP of water. Stir on salt and pepper to taste. If desired, drizzle a little garlicΒ  flavored olive oil on top of the dip. I adapted this from Food & Wine

Lay out the kale chips on a plate and spoon on the dip to serve πŸ™‚


This dip would be great on a brown rice wrap with some spinach and other veggies!

Please let me know if you try them! The chips didn’t even need the dip…but I wanted to get fancy for you guys, and it was a good pairingΒ  πŸ˜‰


By the way...thank you all SO MUCH for the sweet compliments on My baby girls name reveal πŸ™‚

Here’s your daily dose of Munchkin πŸ˜‰

Hope you have a great day!


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  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    That white bean dip sounds so good! And of course the kale chips sound amazing as well! I always burn mine because I’m too impatient to put the oven on low!

    Munchkin is soo cute! Munckin + my kitty (Georgie) would make some very cute kitties!! Too bad Georgie fixed. πŸ˜‰ Wait, is Munchkin a girl?

    January 12, 2011 at 1:38 am
    • Reply laury

      Hahaha, no Munchkin is a boy. That wouldn’t work. But I agree, they are both so cute they would make adorable kittens if they had the right parts πŸ˜‰

      January 12, 2011 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Maryann

    Kale chips are so yum! I’ve never made them with a dehydrator either. Using apple cider vinegar is new to me and I have some so next time i’ll try it!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:07 am
  • Reply susan

    Would you believe I’ve never tasted kale before, I’ll have to try it. I never had a fig before reading your blog and love them now.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:07 am
    • Reply laury

      It’s all about how it’s prepared! I have had it in shakes, and salads….it’s good! The chips have by far been my favorite way to enjoy them though πŸ™‚

      January 12, 2011 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    I make kale chips (when i’m not being lazy) but have never had white bean dip! I always have canellinni beans in the cupboard-what a great idea!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Yummm! I love kale chips and don’t have a dehydrator either but the oven method is just fine by me! Love the dip idea too – might have to try that next time. Thanks for the recipe Laury! πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2011 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Tina

    What a yummy post! I LOVE white bean dip and kale chips are delish, I don’t make them often enough! Munchkin is such a cutie pie!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Kat

    These recipes are amazing!! Talk about the perfect super bowl chips and dip!! Too bad everyone will probably look at me like I am a freak as they stuff hotdogs and nachos in their mouths. At least I will be healthy right? lol

    January 12, 2011 at 10:29 am
    • Reply laury

      SUCH a great idea to make it a superbowl snack!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I guess when I have made kale chips they flake so easily it doesn’t seem like they could dip! I think that white bean dip sounds awesome!! Kudos on your kitchen experiment!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:48 am
    • Reply laury

      you would definitely need to use a spreader, or a spoon. It doesn’t dip like a chip, but it did make a good pairing!

      January 12, 2011 at 10:58 am
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    i am obsessed with kale but i haven’t had it for 2 weeks! i rotate my greens and this week it’s romaine and white chard. but next week, oh kale will return after seeing all these super recipes!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:13 am
    • Reply laury

      I love to see some people actually rotating their greens like we all should be doing!

      January 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply christina

    very nice dip!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    You’ve now given me the best idea for the ‘chip’ part of the guac I was planning on bringing to a paleo-potluck on Friday. Hopefully they’ll pair well together! Thanks for posting this because it looks absolutely awesome!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:25 am
    • Reply laury

      Great!!! Thanks, Jen!! Let me know how it turns out! The chips are still delicate, of course, but they spooned on the chips nicely πŸ™‚

      January 12, 2011 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Morgan

    Dear Munchkin- I LOVE you. You are the cutest kitty alive! Love your Auntie Mo
    Ok, I am SO glad you created and posted this recipe for me! I am so going to make this for a movie night. I have never attempted to make my own kale chips but I do buy the dehydrated kind at my health food store. This looks so amazing and the bean dip…YUM. You are the bomb lady! I am tweeting and facebooking for my readers, I know they will LOVE this one!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:40 am
    • Reply laury

      You are the sweetest ever! I love you!!! Thanks!!!!! πŸ™‚

      January 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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  • Reply Julie

    I’ve been wanting to try these kale chips… I’ve never bought non-prepped kale before.

    And BPA in canned beans?! Wow… gotta look into that.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Eschelle

    I HAVE to try this!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)

    OMG I LOVE that picture of munchkin! What a little cutie! I am a huge fan of kale chips

    January 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)

    Ahh I got cut off above. Take two:

    OMG I LOVE that picture of munchkin! What a little cutie! I am a huge fan of kale chips but I have never had bean dip.. I will have to try it it! πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    That looks delicious. I actually just had a veggie wrap with hummus on it for lunch, but white bean dip sounds much more appealing. I think I already have everything I need minus the white beans. Off to Whole Foods I go!

    Also, I think Munchkin should be a kitty model. Meow Mix would be lucky to have him!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL….I don’t know if I’d make a very good stage mom πŸ˜‰

      January 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Dawn (HealthySDLiving)

    Looks delicious – I love making Kale chips!

    And I looked back at the last post and absolutely LOVE the name Ella! πŸ™‚ Congrats!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks you πŸ™‚

      January 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Oh my goodness! It’s been wayyy too long! SO excited you are having a girl! And Ella is such a beautiful name! My best friend’s niece’s name is Ella Costele? sounds like Ca-steal haha

    I miss your blog everyday, but I’m pretty sure I am back now! Needed some time off but I missed it too much.

    So happy you are doing well! Lots of Love! xoxoxo

    January 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    • Reply laury

      Welcome Back!!!! Thanks for the compliments on Ella πŸ™‚

      January 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Nicole@makinggoodchoices

    That white bean dip looks amazing! I tried kale chips once and they didn’t come out well. I need to try them again.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    Delicious! I love Eden Organic Beans! πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    Ohh I am just catching up on some of your posts, but your baby name is absolutely gorgeous πŸ™‚ Always loved both of those names.

    And your kale chips look so good. I’m happy you came up with a recipe that doesn’t require a dehydrator. Most of the recipes I’ve seen tell you to use a dehydrator (which I don’t have either..can’t afford it!), or an oven at the lowest temperature for a realllllly long time with the door ajar….which is an extreme waste of electricity in my book. I just don’t feel good about doing it. So thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much!

      I totally agree. Someone suggested to me before turning it all the way down and leaving the oven door cracked…but I was just not down with wasting so much energy!! I think these tasted great! Maybe not as many nutrients as dehydrated kale chips, but I am sure they still are pretty healthy!

      January 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    Yum! This all looks and sounds soooo good :). I especially love the idea of kale chips!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Kale chips are a great idea!! I wish I had more time to cook. There is so much on my list! Hope you’re having a great day too!!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Is it wrong if I want to make an entire bowl just for myself?? Actually dont answer that πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing though, I have a bunch of cannelini beans sitting around and have no clue what to make next.

    I usually make my kale chips just with extra virgin olive oil and garlic but I will definitely give the rosemary a chance.

    Munchkin is so handsome–how big is he?

    January 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      I ate the entire bowl of kale chips in one sitting. It wasn’t that much though πŸ˜‰

      The White Bean dip was with rosemary. There are 2 separate recipes. Kale was bakedwith apple cider vinegar and oil.

      Munchkin weighs about 11 pounds! He’s my baby boy πŸ˜‰

      January 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Shanna

    Yum! I’d totally eat this. A friend shared a white bean dip with me that I posted and think it’s fab, but you really gave it a kick. Nice!

    January 13, 2011 at 1:15 am
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