Chips are the ultimate snack. Crispy, crunchy, often salty—they're delicious paired with a sandwich, as part of a casual party spread, or on their own. Unfortunately, chips aren't known for their health benefits. Most are deep-fried and coated in salt and flavorings, making them more of an indulgence than a health food.
These chip recipes break the mold thanks to alternative cooking methods like baking, dehydrating, and air frying as well as healthy ingredients like kale, apple, and zucchini. They're a fraction of the calories of your typical store-bought potato chips and more nutritious while still being totally delicious. Reach for one of these healthy chips the next time the snacking hour strikes.
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Baked Potato Chips
When you think of chips, chances are potato chips are what come to mind. By baking instead of deep-frying, you decrease the fat significantly while still producing crispy, crunchy potato chips. A mandoline comes in handy for this recipe—it helps to slice the potatoes ultra-thin in no time. Try tossing the freshly baked chips with barbecue seasoning to make homemade barbecue chips.
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Vegetable Peel Chips
Stop tossing your veggie peels and turn your scraps into a tasty snack. Potato, sweet potato, beet, carrot, and other commonly peeled veggies all work great for this recipe. You can even stash your peels in the fridge, tossing them with a little lemon or lime juice until you have enough to make a batch of vegetable peel chips.
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Homemade Veggie Chips
Potatoes aren't the only veggie that makes a great chip. Use a variety of root vegetables for a colorful bowl with a range of flavors. Beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips are all great choices for veggie chips. For a lighter version, bake the chips instead of frying.
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Butternut Squash Chips - Dehydrator Method
When sliced thin and tossed with a little olive oil, butternut squash makes lightly sweet, salty, and crunchy chips. Feel free to add your favorite spices to these or even switch up the type of winter squash—acorn squash is also an excellent option. You can also make butternut squash chips in the oven by baking at 200 F.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Low Calorie Baked Tortilla Chips
Transform corn tortillas into crispy chips using a little cooking spray, salt, and the oven. It's a healthy alternative to fried tortilla chips while still having that satisfying crunch. Serve baked tortilla chips with your favorite dip like homemade salsa or guacamole.
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Baked Avocado Chips
Gluten-free and low-carb, avocado chips are unexpectedly tasty. Mashed avocado, seasoning, a little almond flour, and grated Parmesan cheese create a kind of dough that's formed into chips and baked. They taste great on their own or served with refried beans or salsa for dipping.
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Air Fryer Potato Chips
Thanks to the magic of the air fryer, you can have potato chips that are just as crunchy and flavorful as fried chips using only a tablespoon of oil. Cook them in batches so that each chip has room to crisp up in the air fryer basket and toss with salt or your favorite spice mix while they're still warm.
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Vegan Zucchini Chips
Thin-sliced zucchini is dipped in non-dairy milk, coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, and baked for a fun-to-eat snack. Kids will love popping zucchini chips into their mouths, making this recipe a great way to feed them a serving or two of vegetables. Serve alongside veggie burgers or sandwiches for an easy lunch or dinner.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Transform a whole coconut into golden chips using a hammer, screw, and peeler—it's easier than you think. The curls of coconut meat crisp up in the oven and are especially nice with a sprinkle or two of salt. Coconut chips are an out-of-the-ordinary, low-carb snack option.
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Air Fryer Ranch Kale Chips
Kale chips are tasty with a simple sprinkle of salt, but they become something extra special with ranch-style seasoning. A coating of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried dill will remind you of your favorite ranch-flavored chips without all of the preservatives and fat.
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Vegetables aren't the only produce that make good chips—fruit like apples make a lovely snack, too. Baked in a low oven for an hour, the thin apple chips slowly dry out and crisp up without burning. A simple sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon makes them a lightly sweet snack, but feel free to serve them without.
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Za'atar Pita Chips
Baked pita chips are one of the easiest chips to make at home, not requiring any special equipment. Use whole wheat pitas for a little extra fiber. Za'atar, a Middle Eastern spice mix that usually includes sesame seeds, sumac, oregano, and thyme, adds lots of flavor.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Kale Chips With Furikake Japanese Rice Seasoning
Furikake is a Japanese seasoning blend of sesame seeds, nori (seaweed), salt, and other dried ingredients. It's typically used to season rice but is also excellent on roasted kale chips. Add the seasoning just after baking to keep it from burning in the oven.
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Grilled Potato Chips With Garlic Aioli
Add some smokey flavor to your potato chips by cooking them on a grill. Use a grill pan to prevent the slices from falling through the grates and flip halfway through cooking. Serve grilled potato chips alongside other grilled dishes like corn on the cob, turkey burgers, and vegetable skewers.
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Keto Tortilla Chips
These chips are the ideal keto-friendly replacement for your favorite corn tortilla variety. The chips are easy to make with only six ingredients and one bowl. The simple dough is rolled out and cut into chip shapes before a quick bake in the oven.