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How to Make Apple Chips

September 27, 2020

A tutorial for an easy, delicious, 2-ingredient snack idea – baked apple chips. Just slice and bake, no dehydrator required or any fancy equipment. Just apples, cinnamon and your oven to make these delicious apple chips.

Do you remember when apple chips hit the health world? I was 100% addicted to Bare Apple Chips and spent a tad too much money on the snack that was gone in minutes… so naturally I took things into my own hands and recreated my own version at home!

I love visiting apple orchards in the fall. I honestly have no clue what that looks like this year… maybe just grab-n-go apples? It’s a great way to support local farmers and stock up on delicious apples! 

In my opinion, you can never have enough apples. We typically always have apples in our house and I designate them to raw snacking, baked goods and apple chips! This recipe is super simple, all you need is an oven and three hours of patience. Thankfully this recipe is hands-off so you don’t need to sit and stare into the oven for all three hours. No fancy equipment either. I simply don’t have space for a dehydrator and a mandoline! 

Apple Chip Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon

No Fancy Equipment!

Like I said, I don’t have space for fancy equipment and prefer recipes that don’t require them…except for the Instant Pot which I’m obsessed with! That being said, you absolutely do NOT need a dehydrator to make apple chips. Your oven will work fine and is equally as hands-off.

I wouldn’t recommend using a mandoline to cut your apples. I find it cuts them too thin and you don’t end up with much of a chip. So just cut your apples thinly and don’t stress too much about it because they will crisp up in the oven.

What Type of Apples to Use

You really can’t go wrong with apple choice! If you like your apple chips to be on the sweeter side, grab a naturally sweet apple like fuji, gala or honeycrisp. If you want a more tart or neutral tasting apple, try a granny smith, pink lady or McIntosh.

Feeling fancy? Cut up a variety of apple types! Seriously – all apples work!

How to Make Apple Chips [In The Oven]

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 230ºF. 

STEP 2: Cut your apples thinly and remove any seeds. No need to peel or core. Place thinly sliced apples on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Sprinkle the apple slices with cinnamon.

STEP 3: Bake the apples in the preheated oven for one hour. Remove and flip the slices. Sprinkle cinnamon on the other side.

STEP 4: Bake for another hour. Leave the apples in the oven but turn the oven off and allow it to cool completely. This typically takes an additional 1-2 hours. Don’t skip this step! This is when they crisp up. 

How to Eat Apple Chips

This section should maybe be dedicated to “how not to eat a batch of apple chips in one setting” but I’ll share some fun ways to enjoy apple chips instead!

  • By the handful!
  • Dipped in peanut or cashew butter.
  • Crumbled over a salad or smoothie bowl.
  • Mixed with granola
  • Add them to a charcuterie board
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Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

A tutorial for an easy, delicious, 2-ingredient snack idea – baked apple chips. Just slice and bake, no dehydrator required!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 large apples OR 3 small apples (see apple types above)
  • cinnamon (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 230 degrees F.
  2. Slice apples thinly
  3. Place thinly sliced apples on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
  4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
  5. Bake apples for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from oven and flip apples. Sprinkle other side with cinnamon.
  7. Bake for another hour.
  8. Leave apples in oven but turn the oven off and allow them to cool completely inside oven. At least 30 minutes-2 hours. They will crisp up in this time so check on them.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

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  • Reply
    Dixya
    September 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    im so going to try this. 🙂 this is perfect for snacking,

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    James
    September 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh I love any recipe that only has 2 ingredients! Harder for me to screw up :). And, I would crush these in a second too. Apple chips are one of my favorite snacks. Many bags have not survived more than an hour after getting into my hands ha.

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 25, 2013 at 12:37 am

      These are pretty fool proof! Also the serving size on those bags make no sense. As if I can put the bag down once I start!

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    Molly @ The Happiness Recipe
    September 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My mom used to sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices as my school snack to prevent me from seeing that the apple had turned brown. It definitely is my favourite combination and I now enjoy baking apples with cinnamon or sweetening my homemade applesauce with cinnamon! I’ve never actually tried that brand of apple chips because I can never seem to find them ANYWHERE. I think I should just stick to your recipe so to save my wallet though. Yum! Did you find that the chips became crisp enough? In past when I’ve done them they’ve always been a bit mushy! Maybe I just wasn’t patient enough!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 25, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Make sure you do the last step where you leave them in the oven with the oven off! That’s when they crisp up!

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    [email protected]
    September 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Ok I love this! It sounds delicious and I want to make it!! The only thing I’m concerned about it trying to slice the apples so thinly. I spend a lot of money on fresh juices because I absolutely cannot have a juicer in my apartment and I would be way too lazy to make my own!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 25, 2013 at 12:35 am

      I have ZERO knife skills and had no problem slicing these. They don’t need to be razor thin. They shrink in the oven!

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    Madison
    September 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    These look awesome! SO simple and healthy. 🙂 I spend too much money on granola bars because I eat atleast 7 a week. AH!

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    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
    September 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Oh my gosh these look amazinggggg! So so glad they turned out so well. And seriously gorge photos!!! I am going to locate my apple corer from my Boston boxes and get on this stat.

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    softserveandsquats.com
    September 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’ve never heard of Bare Apple Chips, but it’s crazy how expensive some fruit chips can be.These look absolutely delicious! I’m definitely going to try this when I’ve got some extra apples on hand!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

    These look so good! I saw those Bare Apple Chips at a store one time and I considered buying them because Amanda is always raving about them on her blog, but when I saw the price tag, I passed them up. But now I have a cheaper alternative – yay!

    I spend way too much money on The Good Bean Granola bars. They’re like $3.00 a bar, but they’re the only good nut free bar I can find, so I suck it up and buy them.

    PS. I have to ask – where in your house do you take your photos and how do you set up the space? Your pics look so good!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 25, 2013 at 12:35 am

      I take them in my kitchen and improvise. The background is a slate cheese board and I put some parchment down. We also have these white screens that cover the windows in my kitchen which helps to filter light. To be honest it’s hit or miss. Sometimes the pictures turn out amazing and other times my camera makes me cry. Also I use a DSLR which helps!

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    charlotte @ commitness to fitness
    September 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

    ooohhh i love this! its so simple (even i could do this!) its amazing they charge an arm and a leg for them by the bag! in fact i bet yours are even better than store bought. i just stocked up on apples too, so this is going to have to be one of the recipes i try! 🙂

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    September 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Oh girl, can I ever relate to forking out way too much money for these. Ugh. I’ve thought about making my own, but I’m not sure if the energy that I’d have to use to keep the stove going for 2 hours would actually save me money in the end or not. Instead I just wait for them to go on sale and stock up lol.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

      2 hours on 230 would likely still be cheaper than one of those bags! If they weren’t so good I’d go on strike for this prices!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Thank you so much for this- such a coincidence, they finally bring them to australia and you save me mullah 😉 legend!

    I guess in the past, protein bars used to cop the brunt of my spending, but these days I have some awesome recipes to fulfil those needs 😉

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    Karen
    September 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    YUM! I love apple chips but they are so expensive! This sounds so simple and easy to make 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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