Keeps the doctor away…

I’m proud to announce that I exercised some self-control at the market this past weekend. As I stood there reaching for a bag of cinnamon apple chips I suddenly thought to myself “Why am I buying these when I could make them myself?” To further boost my excitement over this simple idea I discovered that a pound of Gala apples cost less than the bag of apple chips, yay to saving money! Also, my inner germ-a-phobe kicked in further solidifying my decision to make apple chips; I started to cringe thinking about the amount of people and machines that have probably touched each apple chip in that bag. I’m sure it’s completely clean and passes all food handling laws but I am a big fan of home cooking when I can, it just makes me feel better and I swear everything tastes better when it’s homemade too. 🙂 However, with that said, I will not pass judgement on those (myself included at times) who just simply don’t have the time to make every meal or snack they choose to eat.

As I got home and broke out my mandolin (I did not want to stand there and slice every single apple with a pairing knife) and took out all 4 ingredients I was further satisfied with my decision to make this delicious treat. I know that the 1 and 1/2 hour baking time seems a little daunting however I was able to do all of the things I would have done during that time even if I didn’t make the chips (i.e. laundry, check my email, view my favorite social media sites, and catch up on some television.) I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious, and nutritious treat!

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Yields: 4 Cups or 1 Quart of Dried Apples

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hours & 30 minutes (not active the whole time so feel free to do your laundry, watch TV or troll the internet during this time)

Ingredients

  • 3 -4 Apples Rinsed and Patted Dry
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Granulated Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup Ground Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  3. Using a mandolin or a small knife slice the apple into very thin large slices. (The mandolin is my preferred method because it’s quick and easy. Also there are plenty of inexpensive options out there and this will come in handy during any meal that requires slices of fruits or vegetables)
  4. Boil water and sugar on medium high heat, stir constantly until sugar is dissolved
  5. Dip each apple slice in the sugar-water (aka simple syrup) and then lie flat on the parchment paper
  6. Once an entire baking sheet is lined with dipped apples sprinkle cinnamon over the slices
  7. Bake apples for 1 hour and thirty minutes (or until slightly golden brown) flipping half way through the cooking process. Allow to cool enjoy! 🙂
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6 Comments on “Keeps the doctor away…”

  1. Chris Markenson
    August 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Those look beautiful!

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  2. Brittany Bayley
    August 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    this sounds great! yum yum yum   Garrett Markenson Coiffure  23920 Summerhill Lane Valencia CA 91354 661.297.2900 http://www.garrettmarkenson.com 

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    • August 22, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Brittany, not only do they look great but they taste great and leave your house smelling amazing! How do you beat the smell of warm apples and cinnamon?! Enjoy! 🙂

  3. Linda McIntosh
    August 22, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    These apples look and sound delicious and would make a great snack. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. J. Neff
    August 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    How many carbs on the cinnamon apple chips? In fact, recipes without carbs are not convenient to a diabetic I love apples and cinnamon.

    • August 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Hi Jeff! You are absolutely right, carbohydrates play an important role in managing blood glucose levels, specifically the lows. A serving of the cinnamon apple chips is about 16 carbohydrates and a serving size is a large handful. I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

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