These crunchy beet chips make a tasty and healthy snack that will satisfy your cravings and feed your body with healthy nutrients. Flavoured with chives and sea salt these oven-baked colourful beet chips are an irresistible treat.
Let’s start with the good news. Chips finally made their way to the healthy food department. Moreover, they became an easy way to consume your daily dose of veggies along with the fibre, minerals and vitamins they provide. I am talking about vegetable chips, in particular, homemade beet chips. While commercially sold chips often contain starch and a little bit of veggie powder these crunchy beet chips are packed with nutritional ingredients.
Beetroot with its wide spectrum of benefits is becoming a superfood and nowadays many sportspeople - athletes, footballers or bodybuilders implement beets in their daily diet.
Are beet chips good for you?
Low in calories and high in fibre beetroot is a great source of minerals (manganese, potassium and iron) and vitamins (B9 and C)
Thanks to its high nitrate content beets are also studied as a natural way to reduce blood pressure and consequently lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This ABC juice is a great way to implement daily intake of beet.
Taste of beetroots
Although we know that beets are healthy what about their taste? Beets are sweet and earthy and not everybody likes them. In fact, they rank number 5 on the “List of the most common “icky” foods that are actually incredibly good for you—and tasty” after Brussel sprouts, broccoli, fish and turnips.
I always thought I didn’t like beets until I discovered new ways of preparing them. Roasted very thin slices of beetroot coated with olive oil, chives and sea salt are just irresistible. I put them on a salad or eat them during the day. They also serve as an easy way to feed your kids with healthy veggies.
Just recently I discovered a handy way to store beets in the form of beetroot powder that can easily be added to yoghurt or a smoothie.
I also like to experiment with beets and use others than just the typical red.
With the various colours of beets grow their variety in taste. If you don’t like the typical earthy flavour of red beets, try Golden beets that are less sweet and less earthy. On the other hand, naturally striped Chioggia beets are more sweet and mild in their taste. When making beet chips it is good to try all types of beets that are available to find the one you like most. They also make a beautiful pallet of colours that are easy on the eyes.
Do beets have to be peeled before?
Don’t bother with peeling the beets before slicing them. Its quite difficult to peel them especially if they are small. The skin is edible and tasty. Just wash them thoroughly and get ready for slicing.
Baked beet chips
If you like to snack here and there vegetable chips or seeds are the best options to keep your cravings satisfied, feed your body with valuable nutrition and keep it in low calories.
Here are some ideas for healthy snacking
These crunchy and healthy Zucchini chips will not disappoint.
These candied brussels sprouts can also be served as a side dish but I like them as a snack.
Lately, I have been hooked on this avocado chutney
How to cut the beets.
I like the slices very thin as you see in the video so I used a hand slicer. If you like them a little bit thicker you can use an electric mandolin or salad shooter. Alternatively use Pampered Chef Simple Slicer where you can adjust 3 settings.
If you decide to make your beet chips thicker it is recommended to let them sweat a little to release their excess moisture before placing them in the oven to achieve crispiness and brighter colour.
Place the slices on the parchment paper
Selecting the herbs
Beets are delicious but we can still enhance their flavours. And that’s the time to select the right herbs and spices that can turn ordinary vegetable chips into extraordinary. Sometimes I use what I have in my garden but when it came to beets I wasn’t sure so I used this guide to help me decide.
The guide advised that as for the beets earthy and sweet taste they prefer basil or chives as well as coriander or sage. I decided to go for chives and felt that its mildly pungent flavour nicely complimented the beet chips giving them an extra hint. Chives are related to garlic and onion and belong to nutrient-dense food. They are very low in calories but high in vitamins C and A antioxidants and minerals.
Garnishing and flavouring the beets
using a basting brush, cover the beet slices from both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and chives thoroughly before placing them in the oven.
Depending on the thickness of slices the baking time in the oven can vary. Check regularly as thin pieces can burn very quickly. I removed them after 15 minutes.
How long do the beet chips last?
We usually eat them right away. If you keep them in an air-tight container they last up to 2 weeks.
Can I make the beet chips oil-free?
You can use a dehydrator. However, without the oil, they will never be as crispy as from the oven. Nonetheless, they still make great snacks:)
Can I use cooked sliced beets?
It will be difficult to cut them into thin slices, I would cut them into wedges and roast them in the oven instead.
Can you use coconut oil instead of olive oil?
Sure, just make sure you use fractionated oil that is liquid in room temperature