Love apple chips? They can be pricey at the store. I’ll show you how to make apple chips 3 different ways: air fryer, dehydrator and oven. They’re so simple to make, and the perfect healthy snack.
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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).
Why Homemade Apple Chips?
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 4 organic medium-sized apples (about 28 oz), which will yield about two times the amount of apple chips in a 2-serving bag at the store. I bought my apples for about $3 – even less when it’s on sale.
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 Air Fryer Apple Chips Recipe: organic apples, lemon juice, organic sugar or raw honey and cinnamon powder. That’s it.
If you’ve never used an air fryer before, you’re missing out. I admit I was intimidated at first, but once I learned the basics I found that it was so simple to use.
How to Make Homemade Air Fryer Apple Chips
It’s so easy to make these Air Fryer Apple Chips. Just get all your ingredients together and simple coat the apple chips and put them in the air fryer. You’ll need to flip them halfway through so just stay nearby and watch them until you get the desired crispiness.
I find I have time to get a batch in while I make some yogurt dip to go along with them.
Air Fryer Apple Chips
- 4 Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jazz or Pink Lady apples
- 1 tbsp organic sugar or raw honey or omit if preferred
- 1 tsp organic cinnamon
- Preheat air fryer at 390 degrees.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar together.
- Core apples. Slice apples about ⅛ inch thickness using a mandoline slicer (for best results).
- Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar.
- Spray air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray. Place apples in a single layer on the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 4 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 4 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved.
- Move apple chips to a cooling rack and repeat steps until all apples are cooked.
- Store in a reusable container.
How to Make Apple Chips in the Dehydrator and Oven
Follow the same instructions to prep the apple chips, such as thinly slicing and coating with cinnamon and either honey or sugar. Then follow these steps…
Dehydrator: Turn the dehydrator to 135ºF. Place apple chips on racks and dehydrate for 6-8 hours to desired crispiness.
Oven: Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Place the apple chips on a wired rack with a pan under it. Bake for 1 hour, flip, and then bake for another 1-2 hours to desired crispiness.
How to Enjoy These Apple Chips
These apple chips are delicious on their own as a healthy snack to enjoy at home or on the go. Here are some ideas if you’re looking for some options to serve along with them:
- Yogurt Dip: Mix 1 cup plain yogurt, 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
- Almond Butter: Serve with 1/2 cup of your favorite almond butter.
- Caramel Sauce: I love this easy vegan caramel sauce.
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