Snacking can be a dieter’s biggest foe in the fight to cut back on calories and lose weight. Being a food fanatic isn’t a bad thing as long as you take everything in moderation, but if you’re someone who’s looking for an easy way to alleviate the mid-meal munching habit, seeking alternative snack choices could be your best bet for now.
In this guide, we’ll teach you how to make apple chips, a healthier substitute for your crunch-related cravings like potato chips, and just a good treat all around. This recipe is also perfect for vegetarians and vegans looking to avoid animal-based fats and enzymes in crunchy snacks like potato chips.
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The Nutritional Value of Apples
You’ve probably heard the old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There’s been a lot of research about the apple’s role in preventing the risk of certain cancer strains, fat reduction, etc. Whether you buy into any particular study or not is up to you, but what’s certain is for the average apple’s 126 calories – according to the USDA – you’re getting a fairly good amount of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
They’re also high in sugar – a little over 10 grams per 100 grams of apple – but low in fat.
Different body types and life styles will have different priorities, of course, so consume at your own discretion!
How to Make Apple Chips: The Recipe
Getting the apple chips really crispy relies entirely on technique, which this recipe guide at Sally’s Baking Addiction goes over quite well. What you want to do is slice the apples very thinly. The thinner you slice, the crispier they’ll be. If you cut the slices thick, they’ll come out mushier, which can still be good if you enjoy dried fruit!
For the apple chips, though, you want to go thin. First, start pre-heating the oven to 200 degrees.
Then, using a very sharp knife, hold the apple upright, and slice as thin as you can. Slicing fruit can be dangerous because of how slippery they are, so practice extra caution here. If you’re not experienced with chopping or precision cutting food for preparation, consider taking a beginner’s cooking course to learn the basics.
It would also be worth it to purchase a mandolin slicer, which can get your apple slices nearly paper thin! They are pricey though, so they won’t be for everybody, and you can totally do without one.
It’s optional to core the apples before you slice them, either manually or with an apple corer. Using an apple corer will leave a circular space in the middle of each apple chip. Using a mandolin slider (or cutting very carefully on your own) without coring the apple will leave a pretty star pattern in the center of each chip, after you remove the apple seeds, though only if you cut the apple from its side.
NOTE: Apple seeds are poison, though you probably wouldn’t encounter a circumstance where you’d have to eat enough of them to suffer any adverse side-effects. Still, it’s probably worth it to throw the seeds away, or into your compost bin. Or you can try to grow an apple tree, and have an endless supply of apple chips!
Once you have all your apple slices, de-seeded and laid out on a layer of parchment paper in a baking sheet, you have a choice. You can make raw apple chips using only the plain apple slices, or sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top for added flavor. Cinammon seems to be the most popular choice, since it goes well with apples, but you can experiment with your own flavorings if you wish, just make sure whatever you’re baking is oven-safe for the temperature and the length of time you’ll be leaving the chips in there to bake.
This particular recipe calls for cinnamon. Mix up some cinammon and granulated sugar, sprinkle the desired amount over each chip, and then pop them in the oven for 2-3 hours, making sure to flip each one over about halfway through. According to Sally’s Baking Addiction, it’s good to turn the oven off, and leave the apple chips in the oven for an extra hour at this point. The lowered heats allows for the apple chips to crisp even more, without overcooking or burning.
When you’re done, you should store your crispy apple chips in an airtight container.
The Short Version:
- Apples (of your choice)
- Sharp knife or mandolin slicer
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Sugar (optional)
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Airtight container (for storage)
Step 1 – Wash your apples.
Step 2 – Peel and/or core your apples, as desired. This is dependent on personal taste.
Step 3 – Begin pre-heating oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4 – Prepare a clean, empty baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper on top.
Step 5 – Thinly slice apples using either the knife or the mandolin slicer.
Step 6 – As you cut the apples, lay each slice on the parchment paper. Do not overlap.
Step 7 – Place the full baking sheet of apple slices into the oven.
Step 8 – Set timer for 1-1.5 hours.
Step 9 – At 1 or 1.5 hours, flip the apple slices over. Set timer for another 1-1.5 hours.
Step 10 – Turn oven off, and let apple chips sit in oven for 1 more hour.
Step 11 – Remove apple chips, and serve! Store in an airtight container.