Maple Cinnamon Spice Kale Chips

by Marla on December 9, 2012 · 37 comments

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Before you even have a moment to question Maple Cinnamon Kale Chips you need to just bake yourself a batch.

I have been loving all of the high calorie , decadent holiday treats people have been posting ~ but I always stick to my healthy, whole food bites.

These kale chips are a great way to stay on plan while at the same time getting some sweet crunch.

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By now most of us have tried basic kale chips (recipe here.) Have you ever tried sweet ones though? Oh don’t be shy.

Even my kids are willing to have some from time to time.

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These sweet chips will surprise you with their crunch, sweet maple & comfort food spice.

They will also keep you in those skinny jeans and tiny skirts for holiday cocktail parties.

They will also keep you flying through the air at Tae Kwon Do…

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A total win if you ask me!

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All you need to do is grab a bunch of kale. Rinse the leaves under cool water. Dry them well so they crisp up and don’t just steam in the oven.

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Tear the kale into tiny pieces. Lay ’em flat on a cookie sheet in a single layer.

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Bake at 300 F for about 20 minutes until kale chips are slightly browned, dry and crispy!

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Do you ever make kale chips at home? What are some fun flavors you add to yours?

Maple Cinnamon Spice Kale Chips

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Maple Cinnamon Spice Kale Chips


  • 1 bunch fresh Kale, washed, dried, remove stem pieces & tear into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice


  • Preheat oven to 300 F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat liner. In a small bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup, salt and spices.Toss kale pieces with this mixture. Lay kale out on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, flip with a pair of tongs and bake for another 10 minutes or until crispy. Your kale chips will crisp up more as they cool. If certain pieces are crispy before others you can remove those from the baking sheet so they do not burn. Continue to bake those that have not crisped up.
  • Notes
  • For crispy kale chips you must remove the tough stem pieces and use the leaves only. Be sure to lay kale out on the baking sheet in a single layer so it can crisp up and not get soggy and steamy.

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1 Rosa December 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

Healthy. That is something I still have to try.




2 Toni | Boulder Locavore December 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love kale chips and will admit being taken aback at this idea! I do love your out of the box thinking and creative bridging of the season of sweets and retaining a modicum of healthy eating! Will give them a try. Kale chips have never looked so beautiful Marla! Gorgeous pics as always.


3 Marla December 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Thanks so much Toni!! Glad you enjoy my creativity ~ sometimes I wonder how it will be received 😉


4 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

Love your daughter’s tshirt! I want that!!!

And about 2 yrs ago I made chocolate-coconut kale chips and they were like kale as dessert and these look that way, too! They are gorgeous, Marla. Great images, too. I remember that taking pics of kale chips was tricky – like, what do you DO with them? Clearly you had no issues :)


5 Marla December 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Averie, it’s so funny ~ I was hunting all over your blog today to link back to your kale chips this morning. I was looking for the chocolate ones and the cheezy ones. Could not find. LMK so I can link to them. So glad you like this post. I had a great time photographing these things!!


6 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Here you go my sweet friend

Trust me, there are days I can’t even find my own recipes – or have to reallllllly think about how I labeled them. Whether you link up or not, no worries. But there you go :)


7 Marla December 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Thanks so much Averie ~ those look amazing & of course I linked back :) XO


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thanks, Doll! Now after all this, I need to make yours!!! No kale down here though. Maybe with plantains instead :)

9 Nicole December 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

Wish I could find better kale here in the winter, I’ll have to save these to try next summer. I’m a huge fan of all versions of kale and especially kale chips.


10 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Just made these–my husband (who thinks my usual kale chips are just okay) and I both love them! What a great idea–I’ll definitely be sharing your recipe on my blog this week. People have got to try this! :)


11 Marla December 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Hi Michelle! LOVE How quickly you tried this + how awesome that your hubs loved them too. Can’t wait to see your share :) Have a great Sunday!


12 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Oh yeah–first thing this morning (because who doesn’t think about kale at 7am?) I turn to my husband . . . “hey, can I make maple cinnamon kale chips instead of the usual tonight?!?”. He said, “sure”, so I jumped at the opportunity because these looked so good. And we both LOVED them! Thanks for a great recipe! I will definitely be posting about these in the next few days! :)


13 Caroline March 5, 2013 at 3:44 am

Ha! considering its 6:45 am and I was just googling “sweet kale chips” before landing here, I thought this was particularly funny!


14 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thank you for posting a recipe that doesn’t involve two sticks of butter and a pound of sugar. :-) xo


15 Marla December 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Ha! You are so welcome Liz :)


16 carolinaheartstrings December 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I cannot wait to try this recipe. I have never had kale and this is the perfect way to try it.


17 Donna December 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Wow. That’s all I can think of to say. Wow. Maple and kale. . . you are a genius!


18 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

these look great girl!! We LOVE kale chips


19 Lucy December 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

Love this take on Kale chips and especially love the Jedi photo of him flying through the air.


20 Marla December 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Ha! Isn’t that hilarious Lucy!


21 Jeanette December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

I usually make savory kale chips, but I love the sound of these – great way to satisfy a sweet tooth with something healthy!


22 Marla December 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

It really is Jeanette! Hopefully you can try them soon :)


23 susan December 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

sweet kale chips – who would have thunk? looks good, Marla!


24 Marla December 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I know it Susan, a little surprising huh!


25 Nina December 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Wow thats a great recipe. Came here from Sylvie’s blog. You have a fantastic site with great recipes. Loved the kale chips. Surprisingly I have never tasted kale…i think this recipe is a good start to it. Bookmarking it:)


26 Marla December 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Thanks so much Nina & I am very glad you found me too!


27 HeatherChristo December 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

whoah. I will take your word for it on these- I need some more healthy in my life so maybe I will try a batch!


28 Bev @ Bev Cooks December 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Favorite. Food. Ever. In. The. World.


29 Esi December 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

Love savory kale chips so I will definitely have to try the sweetened version!


30 marie February 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

These are delicious! I would definitely have to learn how to flip kale with tongs though, it was a painstaking process for me!! :-)


31 Marla February 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

Ha! I get that Marie ~ they can be tricky to flip :) Glad you liked them though!


32 Marnie Peck October 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Great recipe! But what I love the most are your plates!! Where did you get them??? LOVE THEM!!


33 Marla October 18, 2013 at 3:54 am

Thanks! They are from Pip Studio :)


34 Gina Glo January 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

SO DELICIOUS!! All the kiddos in my house today ate them up, and I almost didn’t want to share because they’re so yummy! Now I need to make a second batch for my older kiddos for when they get home from school. I have been making kale chips for many years however never thought to try to make them sweet, only savory. I love this idea and will be making them again and again. I will try the chocolate ones some time too! Thanks for a fabulous idea that I never would have come up with myself.


35 Marla January 16, 2015 at 3:27 am

Hi Gina! So glad you all enjoyed these chips. The sweet twist is fun :) The chocolate ones sound wonderful too!


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