Looking for a delicious holiday treat that’s good for you? Apple chips are naturally gluten-free and if you skip the sugar in this recipe, really quite healthy. Perfect for entertaining and gift giving, as well.

INGREDIENTS

3-5 large sweet crisp apples, cored* and sliced 1/8” thick rounds
1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-2 teaspoons of granulated sugar (optional)
parchment paper

METHOD

Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of your oven and preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Core and thinly slice the apples. A mandolin does the best job here as you want the apple slices to be very thin. Add sliced apples to a large bowl and coat with cinnamon and sugar. If you’re using a sweet variety of apple, skip the sugar―it’s really not necessary.

Arrange the apples in a single layer on the prepped baking sheets. Bake for an hour in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Switch the pans from top to bottom and continue baking for another 1 to 1.5 hours. Test your apple slices by removing from the oven and allowing to cool. If the apple is crisp, they’re ready. Baking times will vary depending on how thick you’ve sliced your apple. Another reason why thinner is better!

Turn the oven off and allow the apple slices to sit for another hour to ensure total dryness. However, if it looks like the apples are on the verge of overcooking, allow them to dry out on the counter. Once totally dry, store in an airtight container for up to a week.

NOTES

*You don’t have to core the apples, if you don’t mind picking out the odd seed. If you leave the core, you get a pretty little star in the centre of each crisp.

Cooking time may vary depending on the apple you use, the thickness of the apple slices and/or different ovens.