Potato chips are a favorite snack and a guilty pleasure for many, but they’re not a healthy option to munch on. Instead, try veggie chips, which have become more popular lately. In fact, there are several brands now circulating in chain grocery stores! Better than buying them from the store is baking them right at home. You’ll save money and get a fresher, better taste, as well. Check out these steps for turning any vegetables into chips.

1. Obtain Vegetables and Materials

You can turn any vegetable into a chip, so think about which ones you want to make. How about lotus chips, kale chips, beet chips, or corn and black bean chips? Or choose other vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, or cabbage. Gather your desired vegetables and materials.

2. Thinly Slice Vegetables

Thick chunks of vegetables will not become crispy enough to eat as a chip, so be sure to thinly slice your vegetables before you bake or dehydrate them. Just make sure not to slice too thinly or they will burn. If your vegetable if leafy, like the kale, just chop it up.

3. Soak, Coat or Spice

Depending on the recipe you’re following, you may need to soak your vegetables for a while, especially if they are hard, root vegetables. Or, you may need to coat them with oil or use spices to give some added flavor, such as with these sour cream and onion kale chips.

4. Prep Your Baking Sheet

You’ll want to line your baking sheet with a Silpat mat to make sure that the food does not stick to the pan. You can also use tinfoil or parchment paper; the goal is the have a barrier between the food and the pan.

5. Bake or Dehydrate

You could bake your chips, which gives a nice taste and crunch that you may prefer. To bake, lay out the chips on the covered baking sheet, stick it in the oven on 250° F for one to two hours or in the dehydrator on 115° F for ten to twelve hours. Or, consider dehyrating them. Dehydrating veggie chips offers extra benefits; some say that the process does not dilute any water solvable nutrients in the vegetable.

6. Serve With Dip and Enjoy!

Serve your finished vegetable chips alongside some homemade dip. Try any of these 10 delicious vegan spreads such as hummus, guacamole and pimento cheese spread. Have a chip party and enjoy all of the delicious, healthy taste of your own homemade veggie chips.

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