Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Apple Chips

Crunchy, sweet, and healthy! (In moderation of course).. But this is definitely not something you can say about all potato chips. I went to Panera for lunch one day and ordered the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and it was absolutely delicious. I didn't expect the apples to be baked. Anyway, I obsessed over them and just wanted more.

I didn't really want to buy them since they're pretty expensive and they always add some ingredients to make it last fresher longer, either way they aren't natural. I also found that some apple chips were fried. Like, really? Anyway, I decided to make them on my own, and it was so, so worth it! They take a little time (2 hours in the oven!) But if you make a lot it's awesome. Also, there's always going to be a time when you're home for a 2 hr period of time, you don't really need to check on them more than once, so you can go about your day as usual :)

Seriously, try them...

Baked Apple Chips
4 medium-sized apples
1 tsp truvia sweetener
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Set the oven to 200 degrees. Wash the apples thoroughly and then with a super-awesome apple corer, remove the core from each apple as seen below :)

Turn the apples on their side and slice off the top. (Save the bottom for last so you have something to hold on to while making small slices). Using a good knife, cut slices of apples and place into a large bowl. The slices should not be paper thin or else you'll get a chip with no substance!
Mmmmm yum. Next, sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar. I use Truvia since it's a natural sweetener. Feel free to use regular sugar, or more sugar, or no sugar, or more cinnamon.. (you get the idea). Toss it around and then neatly arrange the apples so they are not overlapping on either parchment paper or a silicon mat like I have below. 
I've also read that a lot of people use wire racks to bake them on. This also works. Place in the oven for an hour then check on them. You'll want to rearrange some chips and maybe flip a couple over to allow full removal of moisture. Some people say you can hold the oven open with a wooden spoon, but my fire detector is so sensitive (and down the hall) that it immediately started going off. It goes off just when pre-heating the oven... ridiculous. 

After two hours, remove the apple chips and let them sit out for 20 or so minutes. By this point, they should be nice and crisp! 

Don't they look delicious?! Store in an air-tight container such as a plastic bag for up to a week. 

Enjoy :)

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