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Maize N Kale Chips

Maize N Kale Chips Recipe: A Crunchy Delight with Health Benefits

maze n kale chips

As I was going through my old recipes, I stumbled upon this fantastic one from ten years ago in September. It's a raw recipe from my Raw-Riffic Recipes and Vega-Riffic Recipes blogs, and it's a real winner. If you're like me and enjoy fresh, crunchy snacks when you're feeling a bit hungry or craving something savory, these chips are just the thing. They're not only delicious and satisfying but also super healthy.


Chips have always held a special place in my heart, especially corn chips. Whether they're raw or cooked, they're my top choice when I crave something salty. So, when I created this recipe a decade ago, I aimed to combine my love for corn chips with one of my favorite greens: kale. The outcome was a culinary match made in heaven. The flavors blended seamlessly, and the texture was spot on. You can enjoy these chips on their own or dip them in your favorite hummus or sauce. I genuinely hope you enjoy them as much as I do! So, here's the recipe for Maize N Kale Chips, or Kale Corn Chips, as I like to call them.


maze n kale chips

Maize N Kale Chips Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of kale, with stems removed (approximately 6-8 leaves)

  • 4 cups of corn kernels (organic frozen corn works just as well)

  • 2 ½ cups of filtered water

  • 1 cup of ground flax seeds (reduced to powder form)

  • ¼ cup of hemp seeds

  • 1 ½ tsp of sea salt

  • Garlic powder to taste

  • Chili spices (I opted for Tajin) to your desired level of heat

  • Water as needed

Preparation:

  1. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except for the flax and hemp seeds, and blend until you achieve a smooth consistency.

  2. Incorporate the remaining ingredients into the mixture and process until thoroughly combined.

  3. Divide the mixture evenly and spread it over two dehydrator trays.

  4. Dry at 105°F for approximately 5 hours, then flip and continue drying on mesh screens for an additional 5 to 6 hours until they achieve the desired dryness.

  5. Store these delectable chips in an airtight container or bag for up to 1 to 2 weeks, depending on their dryness level.

Note: Unlike plain raw corn chips, where the corn's natural flavor takes center stage, I suggest being a bit more generous with the spices. The dried kale can impart a robust flavor. Taste the raw mixture before drying, and adjust the seasoning to suit your preference. For an even crispier chip, extend the drying time by an extra 2 to 3 hours. Enjoy!


Healthy Ingredient Benefits:
  • Kale: Packed with vitamins (A, C, K), minerals (calcium, potassium), and antioxidants. It's also a great source of fiber.

  • Corn: Provides dietary fiber, vitamins (B-complex, E), and minerals (magnesium, phosphorus). Corn is also a source of healthy carbohydrates.

  • Flax Seeds: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans, which have antioxidant properties.

  • Hemp Seeds: Excellent source of plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various essential nutrients.

  • Sea Salt: Contains essential minerals like sodium and chloride in moderation.

  • Garlic Powder: Known for its potential health benefits, including immune support and heart health.

  • Chili Spices (e.g., Tajin): May boost metabolism and add a spicy kick to the chips.

Estimated Serving Suggestions:

These chips make for a satisfying snack anytime you're in the mood for something crunchy and savory. Enjoy them straight out of the bag or pair them with your favorite hummus, guacamole, or salsa for a delightful flavor combination. You can also crumble them onto salads or use them as a unique garnish for soups and dishes.


Nutrition Facts (per serving - about 1 ounce):

  • Calories: Approximately 120 kcal

  • Total Fat: 7 grams

    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams

    • Trans Fat: 0 grams

  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  • Sodium: Approximately 200 milligrams

  • Total Carbohydrates: 13 grams

    • Dietary Fiber: 4 grams

    • Sugars: 2 grams

  • Protein: 5 grams

  • Vitamins and Minerals:

    • Vitamin A: 150% DV

    • Vitamin C: 100% DV

    • Calcium: 10% DV

    • Iron: 8% DV

    • Potassium: 6% DV

Recommended Uses and Storage:

These chips are incredibly versatile. Use them as a quick snack, an appetizer with dips, or as a crunchy topping for salads and dishes. To store them, keep them in an airtight container or resealable bag to maintain their crispiness. They should stay fresh for up to 1 to 2 weeks, depending on how thoroughly they've dried. If you prefer an even crispier chip, you can extend the drying time by an additional 2 to 3 hours. Enjoy these healthy and flavorful chips, and don't forget to pair them with my hummus recipe for the ultimate snack experience!



Disclaimer: The information provided in this recipe is for general informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any significant dietary changes or if you have specific dietary concerns or restrictions. The nutrition facts provided are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes. Please use your best judgment and consider your individual dietary needs and preferences when preparing and consuming this recipe. Enjoy responsibly!


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