Barbecue Kale Chips

Like all of my recipes, these Barbecue Kale Chips are a breeze to make, with only 5 ingredients. To assemble them you’ll need kale, olive oil, macadamia nuts, nutritional yeast, and Primal Palate Barbecue Rub.

My boys and I love kale chips. We’ve been making them for quite some time, since around 2008. My younger son and I worked on this Barbecue Kale Chips recipe for around a year, testing it dozens of times, perfecting it until it was just right. We were driven to create perfect kale chips. It’s been super fun working on recipes with him and collaborating in the kitchen with a teenager!

I’m so happy to share this recipe with you after all of your requests for savory paleo snacks and low-carb recipes. So many of us in this community are now following a low-carb diet, which is very helpful for neurological conditions. If you need more support be sure to check out my Keto Diet Recipes page.

Barbecue Kale Chips

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Servings 3 cups



  • Tear kale into 3-inch pieces, discarding stems
  • Place kale in a large bowl
  • Massage oil into kale
  • In a food processor, pulse macadamia nuts, yeast, and seasoning until ground into a paste
  • Massage seasoning into kale
  • Spread out kale on a baking sheet
  • Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes until kale is dark green and crispy
  • Cool
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
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I use curly kale in this recipe because it crisps up quite nicely. The nutritional yeast gives these keto kale chips a wonderful cheesy, tangy flavor, and the olive oil and macadamia nuts add a nice helping of fat.

The amazing barbecue flavor in this recipe comes from the Primal Palate Barbecue Rub. I love this rub because its intense flavor is so delightful. I haven’t tried making Barbecue Kale Chips without this rub so not sure if, or how that would work. If you do experiment with creating your own flavor profile, or swapping out any of the other main ingredients please let us know how it goes!

Here are links to some of my healthy paleo dinner recipes that complement these kale chips!


26 responses to “Barbecue Kale Chips”

    • Nora, thanks for your comment! Nutritional yeast is not associated with the candida albicans strain related to yeast infections, and is in fact a potent source of the nutrients that candida robs from the body :-)

  1. Oh my, this is SO good! I can’t have macadamia nuts so I decided to sub cashews. But, I was out of cashews so I used raw cashew butter, nutritional yeast and sea salt (unfortunately I can’t have the spices in the rub). This is the first time my kale chips tasted this good. Thanks so much, Elana!

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