These paleo chips are an incredible replacement for potato chips! They also make a great paleo snack for kids and people who are new to the paleo diet.
- 2 hearty bunches red leaf kale
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1 1/2 tablespoon black truffle oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons – 2 teaspoons shallot salt (it’s okay to use sea salt as a substitute.)
- A few teaspoons to a few tablespoons of water (have a quarter cup of water on hand, but do NOT use it all!)
- 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon white pepper, finely ground
- 1 cup fresh cilantro (rinsed clean)
- Rinse off kale and let drain. Blot with towel to make sure it’s completely dry.
- Take scissors or a fine knife and devein the leaves. Just take out the hearty, larger part of the vein; don’t go all the way up. You’re going to end up with part of a kale leaf on both sides. Place it in a very large bowl.
- Put the cashews in your Vitamix and pulse ia couple times and add the oil, then keep pulsing it and slowly add water until it just starts to blend and becomes creamy (don’t add too much water!).
- You’re going to have to keep using a spatula to remove the cashews from the sides and push them back down into the blades.
- Add the cilantro.
- Set Vitamix on full speed.
- Add other ingredients. You might need to add another teaspoon of water after adding these, but it should have a thicker consistency than hummus.
- Take spatula and, scoop by scoop, throw mixture onto the kale and use your hands to mush it around and coat the leaves all over. Just keep scooping over and over and keep spreading it as a coating over the leaves. It doesn’t have to be even; it can be sporadic and fun.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Set everything on the dehydrator rack allowing air to flow through. Set the temperature at 104F degrees. In the Excalibur dehydrator, it cooks 8 to 10 hours. If you’re making this in the oven, set it on the lowest temperature there is. In many American ovens, that will be 200F degrees. If you can do it, go lower.
- You’ll put the kale on a very finely-greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Place it in the oven and check for doneness in 2-4 hours. Check often, and turn kale over in the oven after about an hour.
- Once they’re dry and crispy, turn off dehydrator or oven and let cool.
- Store them in a glass jar.
I just want to make a note for people who have had IBS or Crohn’s Disease or who are still healing after being newly diagnosed with celiac disease, or anyone with a sensitive tummy or intestines, that kale has so much roughage and fiber that it’s harder to break down. The dehydration process doesn’t break down all the fiber. So don’t eat it all at at once! Everyone else though who doesn’t have tummy issues, chow down!