I have an addiction to all things crunchy…nuts, fries, chips. I could survive solely on snack food if I didn’t have a nutritional conscious, but sadly, that is not the case.
I know I shouldn’t be eating pre packaged fried foods with refined oils, cheap ingredients, and un identifiable additives…so I had to figure out a way to get my crunchy snack food fix the healthy way.
Enter the baked apple chip.
Simple, pure, crunchy, apple goodness.
Oh and did I mention they are stupid easy to make? I’ll walk you through it.
Start by placing the bottom of an apple directly on top of the blade portion of a mandolin and slice as thin as possible ( you can use a knife if you don’t have a mandolin).
Place the apples in a ziploc bag and toss with lemon juice to prevent browning and add 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp coconut or raw sugar (the sugar is optional and feel free to let your imagination run wild with the spice portion: curry, nutmeg, garam masala etc)
Toss to coat the apples.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the apple slices in one layer.
Bake at 225F for one hour. Flip. Then bake for an additional hour.
Turn off the oven and leave the chips to cool with the oven door shut. They will crisp up as they cool so leave them alone until they snap when you gently push on one.
Store in an airtight container if you don’t slam the whole tray cookie monster style like I did…whoops.
Baked Apple Chips
Vegan - Gluten Free - Paleo - Nut Free - Refined Sugar Free - Fat Free
- 2 Crisp Apples (Fujis, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady)
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
- 1 Tbl Cinnamon
- 2 tsp Raw or Coconut Sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 225F and line two sheet trays with parchment paper.
- Slice the apples horizontally across the core on a mandolin (or with knife) as thin as you can.
- Toss the apples in the lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Toss the apples, cinnamon, and sugar in a ziploc bag until well coated or you can also sprinkle by hand.
- Lay the apples in a single layer on the lined sheet pans.
- Bake for one hour.
- Flip the apples.
- Bake for an additional hour.
- Turn the oven off and allow the chips to cool with the oven door shut or until they are very crisp and snap when pushed on lightly with your finger.
- If these are left long enough to cool they will stay crispy stored in an airtight bag or container for a few days. This same process can be used with bosc pears.