Dehydrated Apple Chips (Because You Don’t Need Fries With That)

If you’ve been following my healthy summer snacks saga, you might have noticed my penchant for all things crunchy. It stems from my potato chip addiction, as well as the fact that I only allow myself to eat potato chips in very specific situations (as in, once a week). I’m always, always searching for something crunchy but healthy to stave off my cravings.

Dehydrated Apple Chips are one of my favorite substitutes. apple chips with cinnamon 

As a whole, dehydrated fruit is a great way to preserve seasonal fruit and turn normal fruit into something more fun. You can dry all sorts of fruits, turn them sweet or savory, but for taste and ease reasons, I almost always turn to apples.

dehydrated strawberries
Don’t they look lovely? Dehydrates strawberries are crispy and tasty, but they stick to parchment paper so fiercely I hardly ever make them.

Recipe

Dehydrating fruit is all about removing its moisture and thus preserving it. If you have a dehydrator (which I surprisingly still don’t), you can load it up and let it work for hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can always just use an oven.

apple slices
First, you wash and slice the apples. I use a spiralizer like this one, but a mandolin is also good, or a knife is you’re particularly skilled.
apple slices
Then, you soak them in cold water with lemon for a few minutes, to prevent browning. After they’ve soaked, you remove them and pat the excess water off with a towel.
dehydrated apple chips
After that, you can leave them plain or add condiments (sugar, cinnamon, salt, whatever you prefer), and into the oven they go!

Now, I cheat slightly at the dehydration game. I put my apples in 80 degrees Celcius oven for 2 hours, then up the temperature to 100 degrees Celcius and leave them for another hour. This means I dehydrate and then bake them a little, which results in a crispier apple chip.

(If you want to truly dehydrate fruit, you need to keep them in an oven that’s between 60 and 80 degrees Celcius for between 6 to 8 hours. )

After all the moisture has left the apples, they should be dry and crunchy and delicious!

dehydrated apple

Long cook time but short prep time, these dehydrated apple chips are 100% healthy, yummy, and worth it!

Dehydrated Apple Chips

A crunchy sweet way to eat apples and preserve them well past their natural life.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Author Sara A.

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • 1 Lemon
  • Brown Sugar or Stevia optional
  • Cinnamon optional

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Wash apples. 

  2. With a knife, spiralizer, or mandolin, cut the apples into thin slices.

  3. Drop the apple slices in a bowl with cold water and lemon juice for 5 minutes. This step prevents the apples from browning excessively.

  4. After the 5 minutes are done, drain the bowl and pat the apple slices with a cloth to remove excess water.

  5. (Optional) Toss cinnamon and sugar with the apples.

  6. Place the apples on a parchment lined oven tray.

  7. Bake the apples in a 60/80 degrees Celcius oven until the moisture has evaporated and the apple slices are dry to the touch.

    (For extra crunch, bake the slices in an 80 degrees Celcius oven for 2 hours, and up the temperature to 100 degrees Celcius for the final hour.)

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