These baked apple chips are sweet-and-tangy, crunchy, and just plain addictive. With no added sugar, they’re also good for you!
Weary of ultra-processed commercial snacks, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting homemade snacks to make for my family. With two teenagers in the house that have quite an appetite for crunchy snacks, it’s not always easy to please them.
But these baked apple chips are the perfect homemade snack. They are so good! They have this wonderful combination of sweetness and tang. They are tasty and crunchy and so much fun to eat. And since I make them with no added sugar – nothing added in fact except cinnamon – they are also good for you.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need TWO ingredients to make this tasty homemade snack! The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Unpeeled Fuji apples: I like this apple variety – it handles baking well, and it’s sweet enough that I don’t need to add any sugar when making this recipe. 🍎
Ground cinnamon: Please make sure it’s fresh. A stale spice can easily ruin a dish, and I’m speaking from experience…
How to make apple chips
Since it takes a while (the baking, not the prep which is very easy), this is a perfect recipe to make on a cold winter weekend when you’re home anyway. It will make your house smell so good! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. You start by slicing the apples as thinly as you can. Try to make the slices uniform in thickness. Then gently remove the seeds with a small paring knife.
2. Arrange the slices in a single layer on two parchment-lined baking sheets. It’s best if they don’t touch each other.
3. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon. Then bake them until crispy, about one hour per side at 225°F, adding 30 extra minutes if needed.
As you can see, you will need to be patient! To make these chips crispy, they have to be baked for a long time at a low temperature. But your very tasty and crunchy reward will be well worth it.
What apple variety to use?
I like to use Fuji apples when making homemade apple chips. They are naturally sweet so I don’t need to add any added sweetener. And they withstand the prolonged baking well. Honeycrisp is also very good.
Granny Smith is a bit too tart, in my opinion, for a recipe that has no added sugar, although some people enjoy this tartness.
How to serve them?
They are excellent on their own, and that’s how I usually eat them. But sometimes I mix plain Greek yogurt (or even sour cream) with a bit of cinnamon, and I dip them into that. It’s really good!
How long do homemade apple chips last?
If you have leftovers, I recommend you keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat them in a 250F oven before serving, or enjoy them cold. They are very good either way.
More apple recipes that you might enjoy
Another great apple recipe that I love and make often for my family is this recipe for sauteed apples. Cooked in butter and flavored with cinnamon, they need no added sugar.
And this apple crisp is so easy to make and it’s incredibly good. The secret? Changing the ratio of apples to toppings so that the apples are the stars of the show.
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Baked Apple Chips
- 2 medium Fuji apples, unpeeled
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Using a very sharp knife, slice the apples as thinly as possible. Gently remove the seeds with a small paring knife.
- Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on the baking sheets. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
- Bake 1 hour. Flip to the other side, sprinkle with more cinnamon, and bake 1 more hour.
- Check to see if the apple slices are crisp. If they’re still a bit soft, flip again and bake 30 more minutes, or until crisp.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes before enjoying.