This recipe is incredibly simple. Simple and delicious.
I think that apples have to be my favorite fruit and they are my go-to fruit for a snack in between meals or when I just want to eat something small. I love to eat them plain, or sliced up with almond butter on top, or like this, as dried Apple Chips. The only thing I don’t like about them is when I eat them off the core and the skin gets caught in my teeth and I cant get it out! Grrrr
You can get dried apples at the grocery store too and that’s pretty easy, but if you make them at home, you know exactly what they are made out of. I have seen some packaged dried apples or apple chips that have sugar added and other ingredients that I don’t know. Presumably to preserve them. In my opinion, dried apples don’t need ANY added sugar.
This year, one of my goals is to make clean eating a bigger part of my life and my families life. I especially want to teach my daughter that you can have delicious and satisfying food that is also good for you. When she was little, I was quite young and I didn’t know a lot about nutrition and healthy eating. I’m sorry to say that Jessica had fries or chicken nuggets way too often, among other things that make me cringe a little. It didn’t help that she was very picky with her food, but that’s not a great excuse.
As I grew up and got interested in nutrition and fitness, and started cooking at lot more, my eating habits and what I feed my family have changed drastically. Still, the damage was done and its been a struggle in the last few years to get her to eat properly and choose healthy foods over crappy processed ones. I wish I could go back and do it much better (maybe along with a few other things), but all I can do now is work to change the bad habits. But things are looking up these days and I’m starting to get through to her. I figure I have a few short years left to drill it all into her head before she starts grocery shopping for herself. So that is one of my goals this year and these apple chips are the start. She has always been an apple freak. I used to call her the apple juice queen lol. Shes going to love these AND they are simple for her to make on her own whenever shes craving a sweet or carby snack.
I usually like my dried apples still a little soft and kind of thick, but every once in a while, when I’m craving a crunch, I like them thin and crispy like chips. All you have to do to cut them a little thinner or thicker depending on what you feel like. And you may need to bake the apples a little longer to get them crispy, but make sure to check them a lot after 40 mins so they don’t burn.
You can also peel them if you want, but I like to leave the skin on for added fiber. If you don’t have organic apples, just make sure you wash your apples really really well. Apples are at the top of the dirty dozen list or foods that have lingering pesticide residues, so if you can, buy them organic.
- 2 apples (organic if possible)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ lemon
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
- If you have an apple corer, core the apples.
- Cut the apples in slices so that you would see the apple stars. If you want crispy chips, cut them thin (1/8 inch). If you want more chewy chips, cut them a little thicker (1/4 inch).
- If you haven't cored the apples, cut out the core of each one with a knife. You can leave them in if you like too, but I like to cut them out.
- Rub the lemon half on both sides of each apple slice and lay them on a parchment lined tray.
- Sprinkle with the cinnamon. You can do both sides if you like, but I find one side is good enough.
- Bake them in the oven for about 45 mins to start. Check them and cook them longer depending on how you like them. Thicker ones will usually take about 45 to an hour. Thin ones will be about 45 mins.
- Bake in the oven