Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips, your family’s newest favorite snack.
The inspiration for these tasty little treats came from my oldest daughter. She asked me the other day if I could make her some cinnamon apple chips. I asked her why she wanted me to make these. Her response was music to my ears and tugged at my tiny Chef heart string. She wanted me to make these because the ones you buy at the store tasted too processed. I don’t always practice what I preach, but I do try to eat as clean as possible. At the same time I try to teach my kids the difference between wholesome food and overly processed. My oldest, having carried over some of my cooking genes, seems to have been listening to me. Either that or she has my palate.
Did I mention these chips will be your family’s new favorite snack? No. Seriously. I mean it. As I write this there is three bags of snacks on the counter. Tortilla chips from taco night. A random bag of potato chips and the bag of cinnamon apple chips. Each one of my girls has walked passed me to go into the kitchen. Each one has passed the bought snacks and grabbed a handful of the cinnamon apple chips. This has impressed me because my youngest is a snackaholic. If she is passing up the bought snacks for the apple chips, we definitely have a winner.
There are very few ingredients to making this snack. Some crisp apples, lemon water and some cinnamon sugar.
Making The Chips
The steps to making these chips is just as short as the ingredient list. What takes the time is the wait in drying. I simply sliced the apples with my mandoline and place the slices in some water that I squeezed the juice of one lemon into. This lemon water helps set the color of the apple slices and helps prevent them from turning brown from exposure to the air. If you don’t have a mandoline you can still make these chips by cutting the apples with a knife. Once you’ve sliced all the apples and taken them for a swim in the lemon water, arrange them on the racks of your dehydrator or on a large drying rack that fits your oven. Sprinkle slices with cinnamon sugar, or get your daughter to do it like me. 🙂
After your daughter, err, you have sprinkled all the chips, place in your dehydrator at 165° or your oven at 185° and allow to dry for approximately 4-5 hours or until your desired texture is achieved. The thicker you slice the apples the longer they will take to dry. To quicken the process a bit you can flip the chips every hour or so. This is more for the oven than it is for the dehydrator.
So, there ya have it. An all natural snack that costs pennies per serving and you can feel good about giving your kids. Enjoy!
Tasty, sweet, homemade cinnamon apple chips. An all natural snack the whole family will love.
- 5 each Your Favorite Apples sliced thin
- 1 each lemon juice of
- 1 qt filtered water cold
- 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar TT
Thinly slice assorted apples with a mandoline or knife and place in cold filtered water that you have squeezed the juice of one lemon in.
Arrange apple slices on drying rack for oven or racks of a dehydrator and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Dry in oven at 185° or dehydrator at 165° for 4-5 hours or until desired texture is achieved. Flip chips every hour if drying in oven.
For this recipe I used granny smith, empire and yellow delicious apples.