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So lately, I’ve decided I need something healthy to nom on when the hunger strikes. It’s that awkward time between lunch and leaving work that really get me. When 3pm rolls around, I need something in my belly. I’m not even sure if it’s that I’m hungry, or that I just want to eat. I have no idea.
But almost every day I find myself in front of the vending machine at that time. One Snickers later and I’m feeling pretty bad about myself. So healthy snacks are my new goal for the 3pm hunger pang. I had read that apples are one of the best snacks to have, but let’s be serious here, I’m not going to eat an apple without loads and loads of peanut butter on it.
So I came up with apple chips. Awhile back I had tried apple chips and was surprised at how much I liked them. Since then, I had always wanted to make them. Only problem? No mandolin to make thin, even slices. Which shouldn’t deter those of you who don’t have a mandolin, you can also use a knife to cut as thin as you can, or even a food processor if you have the slicing attachment in yours. But, my knife skills aren’t very good.. and I didn’t think of using the food processor until I started writing this post right now, so in theory I could have made these apple chips two months ago, whoops.
Whatever slicing method you choose, please be careful. Per usual, I cut myself on this little project, so just a fair warning, it’s slightly dangerous. In other news, I cut a jalapeño today and didn’t get the juice on my face and have to put my face in a bowl. Little victories people, little victories. But yes, these were a cinch. They really just take a bit of patience.
Two hours of oven time, so you can basically forget about them for awhile, but you’ll start smelling them pretty early and they make the house smell heavenly. Yum. They taste pretty darn good too. They’re perfect for when you’re in the mood for chips, but don’t want all the extra calories. These will definitely be a staple in my house!
Baked Apple Chips
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon divided
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Using an apple corer, core the apples. Then, with a mandolin, slice the apples into thin slices. Lay on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with half of the ground cinnamon.
- Place in the oven, and bake for 2 hours or until apples are dry and crisp.
- About half way through flip the apples over and sprinkle with more cinnamon.
- Remove from the oven and store in an airtight container.