Apple Pie Kale Chips

Happy Friday to you! I hope you are having a good week.

Alan’s Birthday Hike:

This is what I’ve been up to:

Avila Bay as seen from the Pecho Coast Trail.

After my post on Wednesday morning, Alan and I joined an organized hike in our area that we had never done before. I thought what better way to celebrate his birthday and another year on this planet than to be outside and active? Although I don’t really consider myself “outdoorsy,” being that I’ve never camped or traveled in an RV or anything like that, I have found in the past six months or so that I absolutely love hiking.

This particular hike is unique in our area because it is on private land and you have to sign up two weeks ahead of time to be cleared to go on it. The weather was unseasonably warm on Wednesday, with clear skies that allowed some great photo ops:

Avila Bay.

The big rock is called Whaler’s Rock which brought up the sad reality that whales were once hunted in this area. Our guide said that local villagers back then hated it because the blood of the whales would color the whole bay. Such a sad story, but I am thankful that whale hunting no longer goes on locally. A group of families actually built structures and lived on this rock for about 10 years:

Avila Bay and Whaler's Rock.

The hike was probably less than four miles total, but it was rugged terrain and we stopped to identify many different types of wildflowers on the trail (I realized later I didn’t take any pictures of flowers because I was so entranced by the ocean). Before we turned around, we reached a historic lighthouse and more gorgeous beach scenes:

Breakwater near the San Luis Lighthouse.

I packed some quinoa and lentil salad (be sure to check out the recipe in the “New Recipes” category of Vegan Delish listed under Vegetable Quinoa Salad), homemade applesauce, and two nuts and fruit bars that we scarfed up at the halfway point. After about an hour’s rest, we turned around. I was definitely tired when we finished, but I was surprised how quickly I recovered after a good night’s rest. Alan and I are delighted to be living proof of what it’s like to be 100% plant-powered, vibrant, and energetic, woo-hoo!

Healthy Vegan Friday:

Speaking of plants, today is another rendition of Healthy Vegan Fridays, the recipe link-up party. The top submissions from last week, as based on the number of clicks, were these:

1. Vegan Budget Project- Week 2 Success from Chastity @ My Healthy Chef:

Vegan Budget Project- Week 2 Success from Chastity @ My Healthy Chef

2. A Better Veggie Burger from My Sister’s Pantry:

A Better Veggie Burger from My Sister’s Pantry

3. Carrot Cake Muffins from Erin @ Sift, Stir & Savour:

Carrot Cake Muffins from Erin @ Sift, Stir & Savour

My favorites were these:

1. Best Easy Raw RecipeRaw Burritos from the taste space:

Raw Burritos from the taste space

2. Best Nutritarian-Friendly Recipe: Creamy Orange Cashew Dressing from Almost Skinny Vegan Food:

Creamy Orange Cashew Dressing from Almost Skinny Vegan Food

3. Most “Dinner-Party Worthy” Healthy Dish: Sweet Potato Mini Peppers Alfredo Bake from Vegan Richa:

Sweet Potato Mini Peppers Alfredo Bake from Vegan Richa

We had such fantastic submissions last week, it was so hard to choose my favorites (to find out how your recipe can be featured, please check out the guidelines here). Thank you to everyone who participated, and be sure to add your recipe or to check out this week’s submissions at the end of this post.

Apple Pie Kale Chips:

At the risk of having too long of a post, I want to share one more new recipe with you this week. This one is for Apple Pie Kale Chips, which was my first attempt at a sweet or dessert kale chip. Oh my goodness, you must be warned, these are delicious and highly addictive!

I started off by washing and drying one bunch of kale leaves and making the sauce that I poured over the leaves:

Making Apple Pie Kale Chips

The sauce is made with apples, macadamia nuts, walnuts, cinnamon, dates, nutmeg, vanilla, water, and lemon juice. I find that kale chips are best made in the dehydrator, and they take about 24 hours total drying time:

Apple Pie Kale Chips

Here is the recipe:

Apple Pie Kale Chips
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 medium bunches of curly kale leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 medium gala apples, chopped roughly
  • ½ cup raw macadamia nuts
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon
  • 4-6 Medjool dates
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  1. Combine ingredients (except kale) in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Place the kale leaves in a large mixing bowl and pour the sauce over the leaves. Use your hands to make sure the leaves are coated evenly with the sauce. Spread the kale leaves onto three dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 24 hours, turning once during the drying process.


Dessert kale chips = success!!!

Apple Pie Kale Chips are the bomb.


Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for one of two DVDs of the entire first season of the fantastic new cooking show, Vegan Mashup. You can enter here; I’ll be randomly selecting two winners next week.

Due to continuing school obligations, my next post will be on Tuesday of next week, instead of Monday. I hope you have a great weekend filled with all kinds of healthy activities and foods. Enjoy!

P.S. I use my Facebook page to share vegan news, inspiring stories, and more pictures of my plant-based adventures. Be sure to “like” my page here to see those posts. :)


  1. says

    Gorgeous views, Carrie. If I live near this, I’d try to hike every day! We have some nice hiking trails here, but not nearly as nice as this. And with snow that got dumped yesterday (and today), hiking won’t happen for a while. :(

    Thanks for the shout-out for my raw burrito. :)

  2. says

    Hello :-)
    Totally agree with Gabriela – the hiking pics are absolutely stunning – what a great way to make a birthday memorable. Ooh yes, I do like the sound of the kale chips – I wonder if you could make a similar snack in the oven (considering that I haven’t got a dehydrator…)
    Thanks for hosting this event!

    • says

      Thanks, Sandra! Unfortunately, I don’t think the oven works well at all for making kale chips, although some people would disagree. However, it is worth checking to see the lowest temperature setting of your oven. If it can get to as low as 130 or so, then I would try it. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t get too brown or burned.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness Carrie – that is the most beautiful hike ever!!!! What beautiful scenery. I wouldn’t have been able to tear my eyes away from the ocean.

    Your kale chips look delicious! Your quinoa salad is on my to-make list this week =)

  4. Kellie says

    Carrie, Thank you SO much for all of these recipes! I can’t wait to try them. My family and I just started Dr. Furhman’s 6-week plan and it’s been rough finding really delicious meals. All of these on your website look awesome! Thanks!

  5. says

    Oh, those sound awesome!!! So very excited with all the entries this week! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from

  6. Trish says

    Kale chips are in the dehydrator right now and already smell delicious! The sauce is yummy so I’m sure the final result will be as well. Thanks for another exciting recipe!

    • says

      Ohhhh, let me know what you think, Trish! Some people have thought I’m crazy for having made such a recipe, but I thought think they are delicious!!! :)


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