I’m four days into my Whole30 Challenge and the lack of snacky foods is starting to get to me.
I was thinking about picking up some dried apples – since they’re yummy and presumably Whole30 compliant.
But then I realized that that would require another trip to the grocery store. Plus I seemed to recall them being around $1.50 per bag. Which seems nuts since there’s probably 1/4 of an apple in each bag.
Which is when I started to think about… Homemade apple chips.
I read a bunch of recipes online. They all required either a dehydrator, or superhuman patience (“cook at 150 degrees for a bazillion hours”-patience). I have neither a deyhydrator, nor patience (superhuman or otherwise).
So I decided to wing it. Turns out winging it tastes pretty good!
It also turns out that when you can’t eat sugar, cinnamon tastes really, really good.
Homemade Apple Chips
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Cut apple in half, remove seeds and slice each half as thinly as possible.
3. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon.
4. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove from oven and flip over the apple slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon again (can’t have too much of a good thing in this case) and bake for another 30-45 minutes.
We baked ours for a total of about an hour and twenty minutes. Some of our chips were crispy, some were a bit rubbery. All were delicious.
If you want crispier apple chips, cut them as thinly as humanly possible. You could try using a mandolin — but I had a very bad experience with a mandolin once and will be sticking with knives from now on.
If you want super crispy apple chips, you could also try baking them for a bit longer — maybe as much as an hour per side.
As you can tell, this recipe is incredibly easy. And the actual prep time is minimal. But since you need to flip them half way thru, you can’t really stick-em-in-and-forget-em. So plan to make these on a day when you’ll be around the kitchen anyway (we finished up some homeschooling lessons while they baked).
Have you ever baked or dehydrated your own fruit snacks? Please share all the details in the comments section below.