Snack on This: Apple Chips
January, 2014 · By Coryanne Ettiene
Baby it’s cold outside, my skinny jeans are too snug and my sweet tooth aches from all the holiday feasting I enjoyed without guilt in December. I don’t know about you, but I am craving a healthy snack, and with apples still beautifully ripe this time of year, apple chips right from the oven have become my saving grace this January. I feel guilty even offering this recipe because it is so easy….even little Xander knows how to make them, which frankly is a good thing because we can’t make enough of them right now.
This “recipe” happened by chance last week when I was stocking our pantry for lunch time goodies and spotted a bag of apple chips in the store, I picked up the bag, saw that they were priced as if they were dipped in gold and raced home with a wild hair in my bonnet to make them myself…why this thought never occurred to me before baffles the mind. There are recipes out there that will tell you to allow them to dry overnight before baking, give them a citrus wash to keep them from going brown, to peel them so they look pretty and to core them to keep the seeds from spoiling the chip…but really, who has time for all of that?
They are as simple as using a Granny Smith or Royal Gala apple, slicing them into 1 to 2 millimeter slices, placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then baking for 2 hours until crisp. The trick is to ensure that the slices are not touching and half way through to turn them so they crisp evenly on both sides. The thicker the slice the longer they take to crips, the thinner the slice, the harder is it to peel away from the paper. While you wait from them to crisp up, you can watch Xander and I make them in a “home video” we uploaded to YouTube here.
When I said I felt guilty about offering this recipe, I was not lying… it is really simple. Once crisp, allow them to cool before placing them in an airtight container or simply feasting on the right out of the oven. Add them to salads, granola or forget about the healthy snack and dip them in hot butter.