It is officially fall, so that means it’s time for some fall inspired snacks! This week, let’s try homemade apple chips. Apple chips are a tasty yet healthy treat, perfect for fall snacking. Unfortunately, they can be kind of expensive to buy at the store, costing as much as $8 at some places. I know I don’t have the funds for that kind of high-priced snacking. It’s crazy how pricey they can be, or all dried fruit for that matter, when it’s so easy and inexpensive to make them on your own. With apples back in season for the fall, now is the perfect time to try out an apple recipe. This week, make your own apple chips! Well Plated by Erin created this recipe, and you can find the original here!

What you will need:

3 large, crisp apples (your favorite kind!)

Cinnamon 

Baking sheet

Patience (they take a couple hours to dry, but it’s very worth it)

How to make:

Arrange the oven racks so one is in the upper third section of the oven and the other is located in the lower third section of the oven. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees fahrenheit. 

After thoroughly washing the apples, remove the cores. You can do this by using an apple corer or a small cookie cutter. (If you don’t have one of these, you can just remove the core from the individual slices). Slice the apples into very thin slices. No more than ⅛ inch if you want crisp apple chips. You can do this with a slicing board or a very sharp kitchen knife. Watch the fingers!

On a baking sheet, place some parchment paper so the apples don’t stick to the metal. Arrange the apple slices on the sheet so there is no overlap between slices. Dust with ground cinnamon and place the baking sheet on the upper third rack in the oven. Let the apples bake for 1 hour. After the hour is up, transfer the pan to the rack positioned in the lower third of the oven and continue to bake for another hour and a half. 

Let cool and enjoy! 

Note: If you prefer your apple chips a bit chewy, make the slices thicker, or bake for a shorter amount of time. 

How to serve:

These apple chips are delicious on their own, but they can be a tasty addition to many other snacks or meals. Broken up into pieces, they can be sprinkled over yogurt, cereal, and salads for a sweet and crunchy topping. Dip them in peanut butter for a more filling snack or drizzle them with caramel sauce for a sweet dessert!