I have recently found these awesome little treats at my local Walmart. Brother’s All Natural Fruit Crisps (this is not a paid endorsement or advertisement…I just like them a lot!). They are pure and simply, freeze dried fruit. Nothing added, at all. Just fruit. No preservatives or color or anything. And the package of apples, for example, is only 39 calories for one bag which says it contains 1.5 of the little buggers. They really are a lovely little snack and totally do a good job at staving my appetite off between meals.
I also LOVE those little bags of apple chips you can find in the produce section of your grocery store. But I think it is incredibly ridiculous to pay 3.99 for a small bag of baked apples! I decided I would go ahead and make my own and see how it went.
You can see in the directions below, it was a relatively easy process. I had the apples ready to go in the oven in less than five minutes. But oh my gosh, they were in the oven baking for HOURS (I am sure I spent more than 3.99 on my electric bill baking these)! I thought one hour would do the trick…it was closer to 3.5. I clearly used too many apples (five) and should not have baked them on two cookie sheets at the same time like I did. I also started baking them at 200 degrees and finally upped it to 250 after hour two. Next time I will bake them at 250 degrees from the get go.
So here I am including the recipe as I would follow it NEXT time I make these, and hopefully it will work. Despite the ridiculous baking time, the results were fantastic. Wonderful crispy apple chips that I have been snacking on these last few days. So yummy!
How to Make Baked Apple Chips
2 – 3 large apples
1 – 2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Prepare one baking sheet by covering in parchment paper. Core the apples and slice them using a mandolin or food processor. If neither is available, slice the apples as thinly as you are able. Spread evenly across the cookie sheet and evenly sprinkle with the rest of the ingredients (or as little or much as your taste desires). Gently toss together before placing cookie sheet in oven on middle rack. Bake for one hour at 250 or until apples are no longer soggy.
Apples are such a declicious treat the sugar and spices are completely optional. You can just throw the sliced apple in the oven to bake and it will be just as delicious.