A couple weeks ago we took a family trip to an apple farm. They were running a special: Buy one pick-your-own 20 lb bag and get a second for free. We went for it and now we are overwhelmed with apples.
I've been trying to think of healthy ways to prepare them and a friend suggested apple chips. Clearly I have plenty of apples so I decided to go for it. The result is deliciously sweet healthy chips! We sprinkled a batch with cinnamon and sugar for my 6-year-old son and he gobbled them up.
Get the recipe and nutritional benefits after the jump.
Baked Apple Chips
You will need:
Apples, thinly sliced
1 T sugar
½ t cinnamon
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. This step is optional but I’m glad I did it because it make flipping the apples super easy.
- Lay out your apples slices on the sheet.
- Optional: Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. I put mine in an old spice container with a shaker. We made one batch without for me and one batch with for my 6-year-old son.
- Bake for 1 ½ hours, then flip your apples and bake another hour. If they aren’t quite crispy, leave them in for another half hour.
Apples are widely regarded as one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are rich in phenols and other flavonoids, which are antioxidant powerhouses. Eating apples also helps regulate blood sugar levels and they are a good source of fiber.
Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and may also work to reduce blood sugar levels. Try mixing it with stevia if you are watching your sugar intake.by