Is eating healthier one of your New Year's resolutions? Then these Apple Chips will be perfect for you to survive snack time.
Unlike my previous home-made apple chips recipe, this one has no refined sugar at all.
I made two different versions. The baking/drying method is the same for both. For one, I left the apples plain, as they were for entirely-natural apple chips. For the second kind, I was inspired by my friend Erin from Texanerin Baking, and I made them cinnamon-maple flavored. Can I just say - Oh YUM!
I love to make alterations to recipes and to try out new things. These apple chips are no exception. That is, making a batch of all-natural chips, and making a batch with cinnamon and maple. One of the great things about baking is the ability to be creative. Everything is your creation as a baker, and this flexibility and sense of ownership is certainly one of the pros of being a student of the kitchen.
Using the Apples I Have to Make Delicious Apple Chips
My parents gave us a big box full of these small, red, soft apples when we visited them over Christmas. They are lucky enough to live surrounded by orchards in the Okanagan Valley and scored these for us during apple harvest. Don't ask me what exact kind they are though. Maybe someone with more apple knowledge can enlighten me?
All I know is that these apples worked perfectly to make apple chips. I also tried a tray of crisper, tart Granny Smith apple chips, but they took quite a bit longer to crisp up and I wasn't a huge fan of the tart flavor in the dried chips. What kind of apples you use is totally up to you in the end. Enjoy this simple, yet fabulous recipe!
Recipe adapted from Texanerin
Healthy Baked Apple Chips
Commit to healthy snacks. These baked apple chips are all-natural - plain or with cinnamon-maple flavor. A great alternative to munch on during the day or while watching a movie.
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
If you are making flavored apple chips, combine maple syrup and cinnamon.
Thinly slice apples using a good sharp knife or a mandolin. Pop out the seeds, if necessary.
Place slices of 3-5 apples in a large bowl and carefully combine with cinnamon-maple mixture, if desired.
Lay out the apple slices on prepared pan - just slight overlapping is ok.
Bake apple chips for 1.5 to 2 hours. The cinnamon-maple chips took closer to 2 hours for me, while the plain chips where done sooner.
Flip the slices once in a while (about every ½ hour). I opened the oven door to let out moisture, whenever I noticed a lot of steam escaping the oven vent.
The apple chips will only crisp up completely once they cool. Take one out to cool on the counter. If it doesn't crisp up enough, return to oven.
Store in an airtight container or plastic bag for a few days. After that chips will soften again.
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