This pregnancy has been full of cravings – many that I can’t satisfy, due to living in a wee little town. The other day, I decided I needed Krispy Kreme donuts, which isn’t the first time the donut craving has hit. My sweet Jonny responded by telling me to pack my bags, because he’s taking me on a weekend trip to Branson to get me my donuts! And that right there is how I know I married the right man 🙂
I spent today prepping for the journey, which included gathering snacks. Because this trip will mainly revolve around donuts, I figured I should pack healthy stuff! Because the healthier I eat leading up to my date with Krispy Kreme, the more donuts I can justify eating… right?
I decided to make some apple chips, because they are healthy, easy, and so so good. I made one batch, then as I was prepping the second batch, my little monkeys snuck in and ate the entire first batch. Oy. Can’t be upset though, they’re good for them!
Start out by slicing up some apples. I use a mandolin slicer, which makes it easier to get them really thin. It also makes it easier to slice off your knuckle and pay $800 for the ER doctors to stop the excessive bleeding. But that’s a story for another time.
I used both Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples. I like the tartness that the Granny Smith apples bring, but the Pink Ladies were sweet enough that I didn’t need to add any sugar!
The amount of cinnamon/sugar you use is totally up to you. I probably used 1/2 tsp of sugar for 1 Granny Smith apple, which was just right for our tastes. Then I sprinkled the cinnamon on, like so:
Notice the chubby fingers trying to sneak a slice 🙂
I also only sprinkled it on one side, but if you want to go nuts with it, you could do both!
These bake for about 2 hours at a low temperature. Don’t worry if they’re not crispy when the 2 hours is up, they’ll crisp up as they cool! But the baking time will vary depending on how thin you sliced the apples, so use your best judgement. At the 2 hour mark, I turned off the oven, and came back about an hour later to find cool, crispy apple chips. Yum.
They may take a while to bake, but they’re so simple to put together, and you can pretty much just forget about them once they’re in the oven. Pretty easy!
- 2 Apples
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
- Slice apples into thin slices (see above pictures) and lay out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar - I use about ½ tsp of sugar per Granny Smith apple, but this is up to you! If you choose a sweeter apple, you could leave the sugar out.
- Bake for about 2 hours, flipping halfway through. Chips are done when they are wavy and start to turn golden colored.
- Turn off oven, and leave the chips in until cool. They will crisp up as they cool.