Cinnamon Apple Chips

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These apple chips are an amazing snack that are great for packing into lunches, bringing on hikes, or just keeping around the house.  They’re a healthier alternative to regular chips and pretzels, but just as delicious! They can be eaten alone, used as a topping for oatmeal or granola, and served with a dessert dip.  This simple recipe will not only taste amazing, but will make your home smell like a delicious fall candle, and one that you can actually eat!

CINNAMON APPLE CHIPS’ ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

  • By purchasing apples in bulk with Reusable Produce and Bulk Bags, using a Reusable Baking Mat in place of parchment paper, and either composting or eating the apple cores (which are completely edible), this recipe can be made completely ZERO WASTE

  • This healthy snack is a delicious alternative to buying pre-packaged snacks and candy at a workplace, school, or grocery store, which are individually packaged in plastic bags and wrappers that will end up in landfill

  • Dehydrating foods is a wonderful method of preservation, allowing your food to last longer rather than spoiling and going to waste, and buying in season, local produce can significantly cut down on the carbon emissions caused by food transportation

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 2½ - 3½ hours
Total time: 3-4 hours

Makes 3 Cups


Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of Red Delicious Apples
  • 1½ tsp Cinnamon

Instructions:

1. PREP: Preheat oven to 200°F. Wash off your apples, cut them in half, and remove the core (this can be done easily with a melon baller or small ice cream scoop). Slice the halves into ¼ inch thick pieces, trying to make all of the slices approximately the same size for even cooking. Place the pieces into a large bowl and mix in the cinnamon, making sure that all of the slices are adequately coated.

2. BAKE: Place the apples onto a reusable silicone Airmat on top of a wire cooling rack, making sure that the slices are not overlapping, and that there’s a small bit of space between each slice. Slide the chips into the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 1 hour, then rotate the pans in the oven. Check these apples after another 1 ½ hours by taking one chip out and letting it cool for 2-3 minutes at room temperature. Check this chip for doneness, if thoroughly dry and crispy, take out the rest of the apples. If it’s still soft inside, leave the rest of the chips in longer, checking about every 15 minutes.

3. STORE: Once the apples are out of the oven, allow them to cool on the Airmat and cooling rack at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. After that, they can be transferred to an airtight container for storage, or enjoyed right away!


Notes:

  • Taking a long time to bake?- If you’ve had your apple chips in the oven for a long time and they’re still not done, don’t panic. The more apples you have in the oven, the longer it will take for all of them to dry out. Just keep the temperature at 200°F, rotate the pan one more time to prevent uneven cooking, and be patient.

  • Don't have an Airmat?- Reusable Silicone Airmats are an amazing tool for baking crispy apple chips, breads, and cookies, as they provide full air circulation to the goodies while baking. If you don't have one, this recipe can be made by placing the apple slices directly onto an oven safe cooling rack.


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