Are you looking for that delicious healthy snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt? I have the perfect crispy treat for you, tasty homemade baked cinnamon apple chips! The recipe is only 3 ingredients: your favorite apple, powdered sugar, and some cinnamon. That’s it – nice and simple!
Autumn means apple season, so you’re likely to find many enticing varieties available at your local market. Some of my favorite apples are Fuji and Honeycrisp for their sweetness and flavor. When I’m looking to add wholesomeness to my recipes without actually loading up on sugar, cinnamon is my go-to spice. Its got a warm sweet aroma and the flavor actually mimics the taste of sugar but without all of the calories. Win-Win.
You can slim down the baked cinnamon apple chips recipe even more if you prefer. Just omit the powdered sugar and simply dust with cinnamon or other spices like nutmeg and ginger to add more flavor. Some of the sweeter apple varieties like Fuji or Gala don’t really require the powered sugar because of their more intense natural sweetness. I find with the more tart Granny Smith apples, the sourness is nicely balanced with just a hint of powdered sugar. Chose your favorite apple variety to make these simple and healthy baked cinnamon apple chips!
TIP: How many calories are in an apple? It can range between approximately 50 to 100 calories, with no huge differences between varieties. So you can pick your favorite and enjoy! If you can keep track of how many slices you can get from each apple, then you will have a good idea of the calories coming from each chip.
- 2 Apples (I used Granny Smith, use your favorite variety)
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (add more to your liking)
- Preheat oven to 200°F. Line two large baking sheets (I used half sheet size) with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
- Sift 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar into a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the powdered sugar. Gently whisk to combine the sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
- Wash and dry the apples. Thinly slice the apples using a mandolin, to 1/16 inch. If you are using a knife, try to slice the apples to no larger than ⅛ inch. Remove the seeds from the individual slices.
- Spread the apples slices onto the lined baking pans making one single layer, about 15 slices should fit easily on a half sheet pan.
- Transfer the cinnamon and sugar mixture into a sifter. Gently sprinkle each apple slice with a thin coating of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Turn over the apple slices and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for 1 hour, then flip the apples (I used my fingers to turn the apples), and bake for an additional hour. Depending on the thickness of the apples, continue to bake for additional time if needed until crispy. To test the doneness, remove the apples from the oven and allow to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. If the apples are not crunchy, continue baking the chips. Make sure to check the color of the apples, as too much time will cause them to burn if not monitored continually.
- Once the apples are cooled and have become crisp, store chips in an airtight container for up to 1-2 weeks. However, they are so addicting they may not last that long!