Crispy and sweet cinnamon apple chips baked in the oven. Such an easy, healthy and delicious snack idea made with just 3 ingredients!
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Healthy Fall Snack Idea
It’s almost fall and I’m ready for all the boots, sweaters, pumpkin cookies, hot chocolate and apple desserts. We love apples around here and eat them almost every day. I buy several pounds every week just for my kids to snack on or throw into their lunch boxes.
But sometimes plain apples can get a bit boring. It’s fun to change things up and help my kids out by giving them something new to take in their lunch boxes. How do you spice apples up? These cinnamon baked apple chips!
Oh my word, you guys. When you make this recipe, your house will smell AWESOME. It’s like inviting fall into your home! Not to mention the sweet and crispy taste of these yummy apple chips. There is so much flavor packed into each chip, you’ll feel guilty eating them because they taste like dessert but in reality they are so healthy!
I’m all about guilt-free desserts and these chips are high on my list, as well as my cinnamon oat baked apples or my easy crockpot apple butter with no sugar added. It’s one of my favorite healthy apple recipes to enjoy in the fall!
Why This Recipe Works
- Healthy. The perfect healthy snack to grab on-the-go, throw into lunch boxes or just to snack on while watching TV. They are amazing!
- Just 3 ingredients. All you need is apples, sugar and cinnamon…that’s it! I bet you most likely already have all three of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry.
- Inexpensive. Buying prepackaged store-bought apple chips can get a little pricey, so making them at home is cost effective and so simple!
- Crispy and sweet. After baking in the oven, these dried apple chips have the perfect crunchy texture that’ll keep you going back for more. The natural sweetness of the apples shines through, with the help of just a small amount of added sugar.
Only 3 Ingredients!
The best part about this apple chips recipe is that you only need 3 ingredients to make them. Everyone knows I love easy recipes, and these homemade apple chips may be one of the easiest you’ll ever try. Check out the ingredients below.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Apples: This recipe is perfect to make after you go apple picking. Such a great way to use them up! Any variety that’s sweet and crisp will work. Some of my favorites are fuji, honey crisp, Jonathan and Melrose.
- Sweetener: I like to add a few Tablespoons of sugar or maple syrup to give them a sweeter, more caramelized taste. If using maple syrup, make sure to use the real deal – no pancake syrup!
- Cinnamon: I love the flavor that cinnamon adds! The spice from the cinnamon mixed with the sweetness from the sugar or maple syrup is such a delicious combination! For even more fall flavor, feel free to use an apple pie spice blend with cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice.
Feel free to get creative with the spices you use! Sprinkle in some ginger, nutmeg or cardamom for more fall flavor, or swap the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice.
You can also use other types of sweetener, such as coconut sugar or honey. A squirt of lemon juice would add a nice touch of flavor!
How to Make Apple Chips in Oven
I used to think you needed a dehydrator in order to make fruit chips. Nope! You can easily bake apple chips in the oven. Just follow the simple steps below.
- Slice Preheat oven to 225ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice the apples and then lay out on top of baking sheets (make sure they don’t touch).
- Mix. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Then sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the apples. If using maple syrup, simply brush the tops.
- Bake. Place both baking sheets in the prepared oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Flip apples over and continue baking for 1 more hour, or until the apples have reached your desired crispiness.
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Talk about an amazing snack that will make your family come running to the kitchen. Loved it!– Jen
- Slice the apples thin. The thinner they are, the quicker they’ll cook and the more crispy they’ll get. It’s important to cut them into same sized slices too, so that they evenly cook in the oven. If you have a mandoline, you can use that instead of a knife if preferred.
- Spread in a single layer. Make sure none of the slices are touching and spread them out evenly on your pan. This way they don’t stick together and all of the outsides will get crispy and delicious.
- Cook low and slow. The key to getting perfectly crispy baked apple chips is to bake them at a low heat (225ºF) and cook them for several hours (about 2 1/2 hours). No need to use a fancy dehydrator to make these – the oven works just fine!
Varieties that are sweet and crisp will give you the best result. I used fuji apples, but Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Melrose and Granny Smith are all great options too!
Yes! Apples are loaded with fiber and antioxidants, while cinnamon is known to reduce inflammation.
This apple chip recipe does contain a small amount of sugar to help boost the sweetness, but you could easily swap sugar for maple syrup or leave it out completely for a more tart taste. They will be delicious either way!
You can use a mandoline or sharp knife to thinly slice the apples into rounds that are about 1/8-inch thick. A mandoline will be quicker to work with and give you more uniform slices, however a knife will work just as well!
An apple corer will be your easiest option, although you can also use a pairing knife or a small cookie cutter to remove the core as well.
They will keep for up to 1 week if stored in an airtight container or bag at room temperature.
Ways to Enjoy Apple Chips
- As-is! Swap potato chips for these healthy and crunchy cinnamon apple chips.
- Mixed into trail mix or homemade granola for added sweetness and crunch.
- Crushed on top of overnight oats, an oatmeal bowl or a yogurt parfait.
- As a crunchy topping for a fall salad instead of croutons.
- Mixed in with stovetop popcorn for a sweet and salty taste.
Looking for more healthy recipes to enjoy this fall? Try my roasted pumpkin seeds, fall salad with butternut squash or make a fun Halloween veggie tray to celebrate the season!
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Cinnamon Apple Chips
- 2-3 apples , thinly sliced (I used Fuji)
- 2 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar (or maple syrup)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 225ºF. Arrange the apple slices in an even layer on two parchment-lined baking sheets.
- In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples. If using maple syrup, simply brush on the tops of the apples.
- Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake 1 1/2 hours. Flip apples over and continue baking 1 more hour, or until the apples are crispy. Let cool and enjoy!
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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It is such a healthy and delicious dessert! Thanks for sharing another epic recipe, we loved it!
You are so welcome! Glad to hear you loved them :)
I can’t wait to try this recipe! My family would definitely love this. Thanks for sharing! :)
I have more apples than we can eat, so glad I found your recipe. The apple chips turned out amazing, and I’m planning to make more tomorrow.
So glad you enjoyed them :)
I love how easy these are to make at home! I’ll definitely be making these again!
Do you have any tips on how to slice the apples? It looks like you just leave the seeds in?
I pop the seeds out before baking! It’s up to you if you would like to leave the core in or out!
These were so yummy and they were gone so fast.
I’m so happy to hear! :)
This looks like something I’ve got to try! Thanks for sharing.