A Snack You Can Truly Indulge In

Before she goes on maternity leave, Jenn Rose Baker is sharing one of her easiest, healthiest, and kid-friendliest (that’s a word, right?) recipes! I know I can’t wait to give these a try! Stay tuned . . . next time we here from Jenn, she’ll be a mom of three!

Today I want to share with you two ways to make a super easy apple recipe: Cinnamon Apple Crips. We love LOVE LOVE apple chips in our house. They only require 2 ingredients and all you need is an oven and a sheet pan. I was fortunate enough to be gifted a food dehydrator and a mandolin slicer at my wedding shower, so I’ve also included the use of those, but they are absolutely NOT necessary for this recipe. Let’s get started.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Apple Crips:

-3 crisp apples

-A couple sprinkles of ground cinnamon

How to make apple chips using the oven:

  1. Using a mandolin slicer or a very sharp knife, slice your apples into 1/8 inch thick slices.
  2. Arrange the apple slices into one single layer evenly spread out on a parchment lined sheet pan.
  3. Gently sprinkle the apple slices with ground cinnamon.
  4. Bake the apple chips in the oven at 200°F for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  5. To check for doneness: Take a couple slices, put them on a plate, and put the plate in the refrigerator.  In five minutes, taste them, and if they’re crunchy then I know that my apple slices are done dehydrating.
  6. Once the apple slices are done dehydrating, I like to store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. This helps them stay fresh a little longer, and I find that they are a little crunchier this way.

How to make apple chips using a food dehydrator:

  1. Using a mandolin slicer or a very sharp knife, slice your apples into 1/8 inch thick slices.
  2. Arrange the apple slices into one single layer evenly spread out on the trays of your food dehydrator.
  3. Gently sprinkle the apple slices with ground cinnamon.
  4. Set your food dehydrator to 135°F and allow the apple slices to dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours depending on thickness.
  5. To check for doneness: Take a couple slices, put them on a plate, and put the plate in the refrigerator.  In five minutes, taste them, and if they’re crunchy then I know that my apple slices are done dehydrating.
  6. Once the apple slices are done dehydrating, I like to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This helps them stay fresh a little longer, and I find that they are a little crunchier this way.

These apple chips should keep for about a week in the fridge in an airtight container. If your family is anything like mine, the apple chips are usually gone the same day that they are made. They really are that delicious, and I don’t have to feel guilty about letting my kids indulge since there is no added sugar or artificial ingredients. Enjoy!

Jenn Baker is a Midwest mom of two with #3 on the way. Jenn enjoys healthy cooking, hiking, and growing organic food at home.

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