Apple chips are quickly becoming a popular snack in grocery stores, health food stores and coffee shops. These delectable snacks are great for eating on the go – especially for hungry kids.
The downside? While most are made with good ingredients, there are a few brands that have added sugar and preservatives. Plus, a snack bag can cost a small fortune – upwards of $3-5 for a two-serving bag (about 2 oz).
You can make apple chips for way cheaper and with wholesome ingredients in your own kitchen.
An average medium size apple weighs about 7 oz. When dehydrated, that same apple weighs becomes about a little less than 1 oz of apple chips. So a 2-serving bag contains about 2 oz. of apple chips (or 2 apples).
My recipe contains 6 organic medium-sized apples (about 42 oz), which will yield three times the amount of apple chips in a 2-serving bag at the store. I bought my apples for about $4 – even less when it’s on sale – and maybe another $1 for the other supplies in this recipe. Compare that with $12-$15 for the same amount of dried apples that I would have to pay at the store. BIG price difference. And my kids eat a LOT of apple chips.
Plus, I know exactly what goes into my Dehydrated Apple Chips Recipe: organic apples, lemon juice, cinnamon essential oil and cinnamon powder. That’s it.
If you’ve never used a dehydrator before, you’re missing out. I admit I was intimidated at first, but one I learned the basics I found that it was so simple to use. And you save a lot of money by making dehydrating your food – like apples, bananas, soaked nuts, jerky, etc.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
I get my other baking supplies like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.
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My Favorite Dehydrators
Excalibur Food Dehydrator – this is a top-of-the-line dehydrator with 9 trays and 15 feet of drying space. It’s ideal if you have a large family or garden and expect to do a lot of dehydrating. Or if you’re like me and have kids that just go through a lot of dehydrated food.
Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator – this is a mid-line dehydrator with a lot of positive reviews on Amazon. It’s got 5 drying trays and 2 fruit roll-up sheets so you can make your own fruit snacks. You can make a lot of different foods – from dried fruit to jerky and more.
Nesco Harvest Food Dehydrator – this is a great beginner dehydrator for a great price (under $35). It has 4 trays and can expand to 7 trays if you get the additional parts.
You can also make these Homemade Dehydrated Apple Chips in the oven. Follow the directions in the recipe below.
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