Despite my extremely persistent sweet tooth, I have moments when I NEED a little salt and crunch — which is when I thank the Lord for Veggie Chips!
I know I’m not alone…
Chips are irrefutably addictive. It’s ridiculously easy to grab a bag, plop down on the couch, fire up Netflix…
…and not even realize how many you’ve eaten until half the bag is gone.
There’s a reason so many potato chips brands have slogan-ed iterations of Lay’s famous catchphrase: “Bet you can’t eat just one!”.
And while that’s great for chip producing companies (and sure, your tastebuds), it’s definitely not great for your health or waistline.
Most store bought potato chips are terrible for you…
They’re full of processed and artificial ingredients, not to mention extremely high in calories when compared to the lack of nutrients they supply our bodies with.
A typical serving size is only fifteen chips, of empty, none sustaining, nutrient-less cals.
With that said, who the heck eats only fifteen?! May just be me, but when I’m in the mood for chips, I’m fully committed – meaning I eat much more than the recommended serving.
So what do you do when you have an unstoppable chip craving? Reach for veggie chips instead.
Check out our 6 favorite recipes for irresistible veggie chips below, as well as some of the most delicious store bought brands.
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Are veggie chips healthy?
Can anything with the word “chip” in the name really be healthy?
The answer is: they’re as healthy as you make them.
If you overload your homemade veggie chips with oil and salt, they can be just as bad for you as store bought potato chips.
A lot of recipes you find online instruct you to fry the chips. Sure this will ensure a crispy/oily chip, but we all know fried food isn’t healthy (plus it’s significantly more labor intensive).
Which is why I stick to baking my veggie chips.
All that said, there’s no better way to ensure your veggie chips are as healthy as can be than to make them yourself.
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With these five recipes for veggie chips nutrition doesn’t have to be boring.
They’re made from vegetables that are actually good for you, sans the excess oil and preservatives added to store bought brands.
Plus, since you’re seasoning them yourself, you can customize it however you want. That’s about as close to guilt free snacking as it gets!
These chips are gluten/grain free, paleo, vegetarian and vegan – making them super easy to fit into any diet or lifestyle you follow.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to your favorite brand of chips, below are five delicious recipes for you to try…
Whether you’re looking for sweet, salty, zesty, or savory, there’s bound to be something on this list you’ll love!
Homemade Veggie Chips : The Method
First of all, slicing your vegetables evenly is important so your chips finish baking at the same time—otherwise, you’ll wind up with a baking sheet of burnt thin slices and non-crispy thick ones.
The best tool for making perfectly uniform veggie chips is a mandolin. A good mandolin.
(Bad mandolins lead to uneven slices, and a higher risk of hurting yourself!)
With a mandolin, you can slice your veggies to the same exact thickness in less than half the time.
Just be sure to slice carefully—mandolins are extremely sharp and once you get going quickly, it can be easy to cut yourself. Trust. I’ve had a few too many accidents with these things.
As for how to make vegetable chips crispy, slicing them thin is key. If you make them too thick, they won’t be able to dry out and get crispy and the centers will still be soft and chewy.
Once they’re sliced, all you have to do is toss your veggies with a little bit of oil and homemade seasoning, then pop them in the oven. You’ll be snacking on your own hand crafted veggie chips in no time.
The recipes below are all written for oven baked chips, but you can make them in a dehydrator if you have one!
How to Make Veggie Chips in a Dehydrator
Making veggie chips in a dehydrator takes more time, but it ensures that they’ll all be consistently baked with no possibility of burning.
The dehydrator holds them at a steady temperature for anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the vegetable and how thick they’re sliced.
Once all the moisture has evaporated from the veggies, you’re left with perfectly crisp chips that are as tasty as they are good for you.
I personally enjoy the taste of baked chips vs dehydrated chips. Certain veggies, such as the yucca, can taste a little chalk-like and dry instead of crunchy.
Let us know which you prefer in the comments below!
Baked Veggie Chip Recipes
The next time you find yourself craving potato chips, try one of these recipes instead.
They’re guaranteed to satisfy your need for something crunchy and delicious, and you won’t feel guilty about snacking on them!
1. Sweet Potato Chips
As if you needed another reason to love sweet potatoes, they make amazing veggie chips.
These are baked in ghee rather than oil, with a little bit of spice from the cinnamon. Sweet Potato Chips are a perfect snack for days when you’re craving something sweet and crunchy!
Click here for our Sweet Potato Chips Recipe…
2. Eggplant Chips
Eggplant may not be the first veggie you think of turning into chips, but trust—it works.
And they’re delicious. If barbecue is your favorite flavor of potato chips, this eggplant chip recipe is for you.
The combination of paprika, chili powder, garlic and honey ends up tasting like a guilt free barbecue seasoning.
Click here for our Eggplant Chips Recipe…
3. Parsnip Chips
Smoky, spicy, and just a little bit sweet, these parsnip chips are kind of like an Indian twist on barbecue flavor.
Garam masala is a common Indian spice blend, and while everyone has their own version, it typically has cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin, and coriander – all of which give these chips a really pleasant, sweet warmth and a unique depth of flavor.
Click here for our Parsnip Chips Recipe…
4. Beet Chips
Beets are such a versatile vegetable, so of course they make great chips!
I find that subtle is the way to go when seasoning beets so that their earthy flavor can shine through. These beet chips are seasoned with a simple blend of rosemary, garlic, and sea salt.
Click here for our Beet Chips Recipe…
5. Yucca Chips
Another vegetable that makes surprisingly good chips is yucca.
Yucca is a root vegetable with a similar texture to potatoes, so yucca chips can taste a lot like potato chips.
This recipe is salty and zesty with a southwestern twist from the lime and cilantro. These chips would make a great healthy substitute for tortilla chips on your next taco night, and are the perfect excuse to make guacamole!
Click here for our Yucca Chips Recipe…
6. Plantain Chips
Ok, fine, this may not be a veggie. But these plantain chips are so ding dang delicious we had to add them to the list!
Click here for our Plantain Chips Recipe…
Store Bought Veggie Chips
For store bought vegetable chips Terra is a delicious and popular brand that comes in all sorts of veggie variations and flavors.
Some other favorites include:
Tyrell’s Veg Chips — While there are some carbs in the mix, a single serving contains only 4% of your daily intake, plus this version is made from beets, carrots and parsnip, rather than throwing some extra potatoes into the bag.
Dang Crispy Onion Chips — A unique and new product on the market, these onion chips bring more of that delicious, caramelized flavor to the table, minus all the extra stuff you have to eat in order to get to the good stuff.
Hope you enjoy your veggie chips!
Which recipe did you buy/try? We’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments below!