Eat: Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips

Welcome to apple season, my fellow fruit-fiber lovers! I’ve taken to eating a lot of fruit and veggie-based chips lately, and making my own cinnamon apple chips has become one of my favorite late-summer traditions and go-to healthy snacks. As our evenings turn cooler again, there’s nothing like whipping together a batch of these, waiting as the house fills up with apple-scented goodness, then watching the sun go down as I crunch through my bowl of fresh, fragrant apple chips on the back porch.

These DIY cinnamon apple chips don't get any simpler, and are a healthy summer or fall snack for kids! | via barley & birch

When it comes to cooking of any kind, simplicity is my style, and it couldn’t possibly get simpler than these 2-ingredient chips. They’re also easy to transform into a snack with more unique flavors too! Hate cinnamon? You can make a delicious spice substitution (I have some unique suggestions for you! ) for a totally unique sweet or savory healthy snack. No matter how you choose to spice these up, one constant remains…the smell of these baking is pure autumn goodness!

These DIY cinnamon apple chips don't get any simpler, and are a healthy summer or fall snack for kids! | via barley & birch

This is a fantastic snack to let little ones help with. Once you’ve cut up the apples, put the kiddos to work sprinkling seasonings or stirring together a healthy dip.

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Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chip Ingredients:

BASIC INGREDIENTS:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:

  • Pumpkin, apple pie, or other favorite spice blends or herbs
  • Greek yogurt for a simple and healthy dip

Instructions for Simple Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips:

  1. Slice your apples

    Wash and thinly slice your apples. Or, if you feel like being fancy, core the apples, and slice them to make apple rings (typically I just cut my apples in half and slice, but the rings really do look nice!).
    These DIY cinnamon apple chips don't get any simpler, and are a healthy summer or fall snack for kids! | via barley & birch
    Note: if you use a mandolin slicer, please be careful! Mine apparently hates me. and I’m always catching myself on it!

  2. Spread slices on a cookie sheet

    Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper, then lay out the slices on it making sure not to overlap them.

  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon

    Lightly sprinkle your apple slices with cinnamon. I’ve also used a few different kinds of pie spice blends and WOW, they make delicious chips!
    Sprinkle cinnamon on to your apple rings.

  4. Bake

    Bake at 250 degrees for one hour, flip them, sprinkle with cinnamon again, and put back in for another hour. If they’re not crispy enough after the 2nd hour, leave them in the oven until they’ve crisped up to your liking.
    Bake your apple rings

Serve a big bowl with a little nut butter caramel dip, crunch up and sprinkle over oatmeal or yummy peach applesauce, use on a salad, make into healthier nachos (GENIUS!) or simply pack into a paper bag for an easy school or on-the-go snack.

To take these to the NEXT level, I highly recommend this caramel yogurt dip from Super Healthy Kids. Prefer something savory? Check out this recipe for sweet and spicy apple chips from Cooking Light – hello, ancho chile powder!

Unique sweet and savory apple chip ideas

For interesting flavor combinations that will delight little foodies, try these inspired flavor pairings…

  • Sprinke (before baking) with chopped fresh rosemary and serve with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Sprinkle (beofre baking) with fresh grated ginger, spread with lemon greek yogurt, and top with a drizzle of honey and almonds.
  • Sprinkle (before baking) with five-spice and kosher salt.
  • Sprinke (before baking) with ground nutmeg or cardamom, spread with peanut or almond butter, then top with banana slices.
  • Sprinkle (before baking) with rosemary, spread with mashed sweet potatoes and top with a bit of crumbled cojita cheese.
  • Toss (before baking) with mint, basil, and grated parmesan cheese.
These DIY cinnamon apple chips don't get any simpler, and are a healthy summer or fall snack for kids! | via barley & birch
These DIY cinnamon apple chips don't get any simpler, and are a healthy summer or fall snack for kids! | via barley & birch

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