Operation Skinny Jeans: Clean Up Your Kitchen -- Homemade Apple Chips

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Clean Up Your Kitchen -- Homemade Apple Chips

We haven't shared as many recipes here on OSJ as we would like, so I thought I'd borrow a ridiculously easy, completely clean recipe from my personal blog, Good Girl Gone Wife. I first posted this recipe in July, shortly after my father-in-law was diagnosed with diabetes. He's been known to snack on sweets, and I wanted to give him something sweet that was better for him than a fun-size Snickers.

And it seriously is ridiculously easy. All you need is apples, and cinnamon if you like. I like to add cinnamon -- it makes it seem more dessert-like to me.

All you really need to do is dehydrate the apples. If you have a dehydrator, fabulous! You can use it. But if you don't (like me), you can use an oven,  preheated to 225F.

Peel your apples. Coring is optional (if you don't core them, they'll need to cook a little longer), but of course, you'll need to remove the seeds.

Once they're peeled (and maybe cored), slice the apples horizontally. A mandolin makes this easier, but it's not necessary. I don't have one, so mine were a little thicker, so they just needed a little more time in the oven. When they're sliced, put them on a cookie sheet (I lined mine with foil for easy cleanup).

If you want cinnamon (and you know you do!), now is the time to sprinkle on your desired amount.

Bake 2-3 hours, or until the edges start to curl up. Flip them over after one hour. I recommend keeping the oven door cracked a bit to let the moisture. When they're done, you have some super tasty apple chips! They're crispy, but some of the thicker ones are more chewy, but they're still good -- the thicker, chewy ones remind me of a baked apple.

Easy, clean, delicious, and guilt-free! It doesn't get much better than that!

What is your favorite guilt-free snack?



  1. I used to love the store bought apple crisps when I would younger. But my oh my they are so expensive. I might just have to try these so I can treat my daughter to one of my favourite childhood snacks !

    1. They're so easy, and definitely cheaper than store-bought! Enjoy!

  2. I am DEFINITELY going to make these - thank you so much! I just started the "Whole30 Challenge" by Whole9 and this looks like a great way to switch up how I'm getting my fruit!

    New follower from Super Sunday Sync Up!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad! You'll have to let me know how they turn out :)


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