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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
    Steve Lassoff
    December 1, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Such an easy and delicious snack! I shared this in a blog here: http://wedigfood.com/food-for-thought/10-vegan-apple-recipes-for-fall. I am building a community of vegans and would love for you to hop over and share a recipe.

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    Elizabeth
    September 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Just finished making these this afternoon! Delicious…and almost gone! my kids loved them 🙂

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    Millie
    September 21, 2014 at 12:16 am

    These were so easy! A mandolin makes the slicing process SO easy, if you don’t cut up your fingers in the process! Thanks for the recipe, Millie

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Fabulous!! I need to get me a mandolin! Happy you enjoyed 🙂

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    Chaser
    July 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    These are delicious! I suggest cutting the apple slices very thin to make them crispy. Thicker slices are a little chewy and tough. This is so very good! Excellent recipe. It just doesn’t make enough!

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    Rosemary Kinkade
    May 31, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I JUST tasted these after coming out of the cold oven and they taste JUST like the bag of apple chips sitting on the counter. So excited because the kids love them and I think I can wean them off the fruit snacks finally! I did half with cinnamon and half plain and they really do taste just like the bare snacks. Thank goodness, because even ordering 2 big bags on Amazon Subscribe and Save was obscenely expensive.
    Thank you!! Can’t wait to try it with some other fruit!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      June 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      anytime Rosemary! I’m so happy you and the kiddos enjoyed them 🙂 Crazy how expensive those apple chips are!

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    Michelle McLaughlin
    October 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for posting. What a fabulous idea for using the apples we picked AND making a delicious snack for my boys. How long do you think they would keep in an airtight container? I plan to make many to have on hand for awhile. Have you tried freezing them?

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      October 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Mine kept for up to a week. I’m not sure about longer or freezing them but if you give it a try let me know!

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    Anonymous
    October 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Would these work with pears? They look great!

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    Erin S
    October 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This recipe makes me very excited to go apple picking! Thanks for linking-up to 5-Ingredient Mondays. I’m featuring your recipe this week. Hope to see you back 🙂

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    September 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Yum these look so good!! I’ve been loving making my own oven dried things like tomatoes etc, now I need to try these out too 🙂

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    Christina @ Pinch of Healthy
    September 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I’ve wanting to make apple chips forever,so addictive!

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    Love What You Do
    September 27, 2013 at 3:27 am

    OMG! I want to make these SO BAD!

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    veganmiam.com
    September 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I was thinking about the same thing for a bag of kale chips – I can make kale chips at home and some don’t require a dehydrator at all! Glad to know that these scrumptious apple chips don’t need one!

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