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Welcome to this simple and healthy recipe guide for Baked Apple Chips. These apple chips are not only a delicious and satisfying snack but also a wonderful way to make the most of apple season. Made with just apples and a hint of optional spices, these chips are low in calories and packed full of natural sweetness and flavor.
Preparing the apples and arranging them on the baking sheet will take about 10-15 minutes. The baking process is slow and low, allowing the apples to dehydrate without burning. This will take approximately 2 hours.
This recipe yields about 2 servings of 1/2 cup each, but can easily be scaled up to make more servings. Depending on the size of the apples used and the desired thickness of the chips, you might get more or less than the estimated serving size.
o make Baked Apple Chips, you will need:
- A sharp knife or a mandoline slicer for thinly slicing the apples
- A baking sheet or oven tray
- Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to line the baking sheet
- An oven for baking
- Optional: A corer to remove the apple cores before slicing, though this isn’t strictly necessary if you’re comfortable cutting around the core.
Ideal Temperature and Presentation Suggestions:
- Baked Apple Chips are best served at room temperature.
- They can be served in a bowl for a simple snack or used as a crunchy topping for salads, yogurt, oatmeal, or desserts.
- For a fun presentation, especially for kids, you could string them on a thread like a popcorn garland.
Guidelines for Storage and Shelf-Life:
- To maintain the crispiness, store your apple chips in an airtight container at room temperature.
- The apple chips should stay fresh and crisp for up to a week. If they lose their crispness, you can re-crisp them in the oven at a low temperature for a few minutes.
- 2 large apples (choose a sweet variety like Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Gala for the best flavor)
- Optional: a pinch of ground cinnamon (or other favorite spices like nutmeg or allspice)
- Optional: a sprinkle of granulated sugar or a sweetener of your choice for extra sweetness
- tart by washing your apples thoroughly. You can peel the apples if you like, but it's not necessary and the skin adds extra fiber.
- If you have an apple corer, use it to remove the cores of the apples. If not, you can slice the apples and then carefully cut out the cores.
- Using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer, slice the apples as thinly as possible. Thinner slices will result in crisper chips.
- Preheat your oven to a low temperature, around 200°F (93°C). Baking at a low temperature will allow the apples to dehydrate without burning, which would make them bitter. The low temperature also ensures that the apples retain their nutritional value.
- Line your baking sheet or oven tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent the apple slices from sticking to the pan during baking.
- Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Be sure not to overlap the slices or they won't dry out properly.
- If desired, sprinkle the slices lightly with your chosen spice(s) and/or sugar. Remember, this step is optional and depends on your personal preference.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven.
- Bake the apple slices for 1 hour, then flip them over and bake for another 1 to 1.5 hours.
- The exact baking time will depend on the thickness of your apple slices and the specific temperature of your oven. The goal is to dry out the slices until they are crisp, not burnt.
- Once they're done, turn off the oven and leave the apple chips inside as the oven cools down. This will help them crisp up even more.
- Once cooled, if any slices aren't as crisp as you'd like, you can return them to the oven for more drying out at a low temperature.
- Remember, the apple chips will continue to harden a bit more as they cool.
The use of sugar or other sweeteners is entirely optional and is not required to enjoy these delicious apple chips. If you prefer a more natural flavor, feel free to leave it out.
This recipe for Baked Apple Chips is an easy and delicious way to enjoy apples. They make for a great healthy snack, especially if you’re looking to cut down on processed foods. Plus, the house smells amazing while they’re baking!
Did you try out this recipe? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences! Did you add any spices? Did you try them with a different type of apple? Let us know in the comments below. Your feedback helps us and others in the community to improve and innovate!