Monday, September 9, 2013

Spiced Apple Chips Recipe

spiced baked apple chips recipe

Last week I shared healthy back to school snack recipes to make ahead and have ready for easy after school snacks.  Our fridge is always stocked with apples, but when my daughter gets bored with them, she starts to reach for unhealthier choices.  She loves apple chips, so I was excited to try this spiced apple chips recipe to use up some of our apples and give her an alternative snack.  I have never made these before, but the recipe was simple:  apples baked with a fragrant combination of four spices.
spiced baked apple chips recipe

Spiced Apple Chips Recipe (from Whole Foods)

You’ll need:
3 Apples
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 200-degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt.  Slice apples crosswise as thin as possible.  Using a mandolin is ideal, but I didn’t have one.  Remove seeds and place the apples on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle the spice mix over the apples and use your fingers to spread the mixture thin and even.  (I didn’t do this part, but in hindsight I wish I had.)  Flip apples and repeat on the other side.  Bake at 200-degrees for one hour, flipping the apples after 30-minutes.  If your apples are cut thicker, you may need to leave in the oven for another 30-mins or longer.  When apples are done baking, leave in oven until cool.  Apples will become crisp upon cooling.

spiced baked apple chips recipe

You can easily experiment with the spices for this recipe, using what you have in your pantry. A simple cinnamon and sugar blend will be delicious, too.

spiced baked apple chips recipe

I love how these look packaged in a mason jar and think they will make great gifts.  The bonus to making these is that your house will smell scrumptious with a hint of fall in the air!

Have you ever made your own apple chips?  What spices do you add to yours?

Happy healthy snacking, DIY’ers!