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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 1 Lemon
- Brown Sugar or Stevia optional
- Cinnamon optional
With a knife, spiralizer, or mandolin, cut the apples into thin slices.
Drop the apple slices in a bowl with cold water and lemon juice for 5 minutes. This step prevents the apples from browning excessively.
After the 5 minutes are done, drain the bowl and pat the apple slices with a cloth to remove excess water.
(Optional) Toss cinnamon and sugar with the apples.
Place the apples on a parchment lined oven tray.
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.)