Friday, November 11, 2011

Foodie Friday: Apple Chips

Apple Chips ©Michelle Loy - Go Wellness
When I think of fall foods, apples definitely come to mind.  They just somehow fit in perfectly with the foods, herbs, and spices traditional to this season.  If you've ever wondered if the old proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." holds any truth, then wonder no more.  It does!  Apples assume a great deal of nutritional and health-yielding power with their high content of phytochemicals and nutrients, such as vitamin C and fiber.  In fact, numerous studies have suggested that people who regularly eat apples tend to have lower risks for chronic diseases, including certain cancers and cardiovascular disease.  When you eat apples, make sure to eat the peel because that's where much of the antioxidant activity is concentrated.

Heirloom apples - ©Michelle Loy - Go Wellness
Inspired by this post at Meandering Eats, I decided to take a shot at making my own apple chips.  These are super easy and definitely one the kids have enjoyed helping me make.  We've recently enjoyed using some gorgeous red and green heirloom apples for this tasty treat.  Using naturally sweet apples is best, and there's no need to add any extra sugar.  I hope you try it and enjoy!

Apple Chips

{Print this recipe}
3 naturally sweet apples, like Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious or others
Cinnamon for sprinkling

©Michelle Loy - Go Wellness
1.  Preheat oven to 225F.  Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. (I definitely do not recommend skipping this step. I've tried it without the parchment paper before, and the apples just stick to the baking sheet.  Talk about frustrating!)
2.  Using a mandolin or knife, slice the apples across the width of the apple.  The thinner the slices, the quicker they'll bake and the more crispy the chips will turn out.
3.  Place the slices into one single layer onto the baking sheets.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake for about 2 hours.  It may take less time if the apple slices are thin or more time if the slices are thicker.  Flip them over once halfway through the baking process.  Once they're done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.  Enjoy!

Serves:  3-6
Nutritional Information:
Calories:  74   Carbohydrate:  20 g   Protein:  0.4 g   Fat:  0 g   Cholesterol:  0 mg   Fiber:  4 g   Sugar (natural): 14 g   Sodium:  1.5 mg
Good source of: vitamin C

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AnnieR said...[Reply to comment]

I tried this recipe and it turned out great! So delicious and crispy, and of course nutritious as well.

Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD said...[Reply to comment]

@AnnieR Great, Annie! They are definitely a snack that can hit that sweet, crunchy spot. Thank you for sharing!

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