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In an effort to use up all my apples this fall I decided to dust off an old recipe I haven't made in years...like, about 10 years to be more precise. And I'll be honest, once I was enjoying these apple chips with my kids this week I felt a little sad for all those years I wasted not making them! They're so delicious, so easy to make, and they're the perfect healthy snack for a fall day. And I know you're going to enjoy them just as much as we do!!
2-3 apples (any variety will work well)
a pinch or two of cinnamon (optional)
It's also helpful to have a mandoline to slice the apples thinly. This one is pretty great. It does the job nicely and it's compact enough that it won't take up much drawer or storage space.
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start by washing and drying your apples. Slice them using the mandoline, starting from the bottom of the apple and working your way toward the stem. This will create very thin slices that show the beautiful 'star' effect on the inside of the apple. If you don't have a mandoline try to slice the apples as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. If the slices are too thick they won't crisp up nicely.
Brush off any seeds, arrange the slices of apple on a parchment-lined baking sheet and lightly dust the apples with a touch of cinnamon. The cinnamon is totally optional. I've made these with and without the cinnamon and they're fantastic both ways.
It's okay if the edges of the apple slices overlap slightly but it's a good idea to make sure they're as spread out as possible on the baking sheet. This will ensure that they crisp up within the baking time.
Bake the apple slices for about 45 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. After 45 minutes, flip the apple slices and bake for another 30 minutes or so, but check on them after 15 minutes to make sure they're not getting too brown. They should look like this when they're done:
Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a plate or cooling rack to cool completely before putting them in a bowl. This will ensure they stay crispy!
My kids absolutely love these apple chips and so do I. They're the perfect healthy snack, they're easy to take on-the-go, and they're also fun to make with kids! And they're the perfect 0 Weight Watchers PointsPlus treat!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Stay tuned for another great apple-inspired recipe coming soon! These apple chips might even make a cameo appearance...