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Real Healthy Snacks: Homemade Apple Chips

By JulieVR |

There’s something about chips. Their crunchy texture and crisp eat-with-your-fingers munchability makes them universally loveable. But they don’t have to come salted and bagged; in fall, when apples are at their peak and most flavorful, try slicing them as thinly as you can and turning them into chips in the oven. It’s a great, easy after-school snack for kids, and perfect to pack in lunch boxes if whole fruit keeps on coming back at the end of the day. They’re inexpensive, and young kids can thread string through the holes in the middle of apple chips to make necklaces and other dangly decorations.

There’s no need for oil or deep-frying; a bit of sugar and cinnamon and the heat of the oven dries them crisply, making them a perfect portable snack for lunchboxes or backpacks. Once you’ve sliced the apples (try using a mandolin for perfectly thin, uniform slices), young children will have fun sprinkling them with sugar and cinnamon. Bonus: they make your house smell wonderful.

Homemade Apple Chips

2 large apples (Gala or Idared work well)
2 Tbsp. sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200˚F.

Thinly slice apples crosswise about 1/8-inch thick with a mandoline or sharp knife. Arrange apple slices in a single layer on two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets.

In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Put mixture into a sieve and sprinkle evenly over apple slices.

Bake in the top and bottom third of the oven until apples are dry and crisp, about 2 hours. Remove from oven and let ‘chips’ cool completely before transferring to a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Makes about 2 cups apple chips.

Per (1/4 cup) serving: about 40 cal, 11 g carb, 1 g fibre. %RDI: vit C 4%

Thanks to the Ontario Apple Growers for the recipe and photo!

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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14 thoughts on “Real Healthy Snacks: Homemade Apple Chips

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This is a fantastic idea. Do you think they could be made and then frozen?

  2. JulieVR says:

    They would probably lose their crispness in the freezer – in fact if they are perfectly dry and crisp, they won’t have any moisture left to freeze. I’d store them in an airtight container – if all the moisture is gone and they are perfectly crisp and dry, they should last for longer than 3 days…

  3. Jaime (sophistimom) says:

    These look so good, Julie. Nice recipe.

  4. LooLoo'sMommy says:

    These is a favorite fall snack for my fam, its great paired with some yogurt “dip”.

  5. LooLoo'sMommy says:

    These is a favorite fall snack for my fam, its great paired with some yogurt “dip”.

  6. Snack Girl says:

    Wow! That is a great recipe – I can’t wait to try it. Check out other snack recipes on

  7. Richelle Taylor Krzak says:

    The timing of this post couldn’t be more perfect! The family just want apple picking today and we have TONS of apples to do something with. Thanks, I love the suggestion and it’s an easy recipe.

  8. Birdie says:

    I can not wait to try this! I am going to slice up the apples and my three little girls are going to help with the rest. Thanks for the recipe and I will let you know later how we liked it! :D

  9. Birdie says:

    My girls helped me make these last night. I used the apples I had on hand, which were Granny Smith and I did not have sugar so I used Splenda… I am not sure what happened but they never got crispy. My girls liked them anyway and had some with a little scoop of ice cream. I am not giving up though, I will try making them again with the right ingredients. :D

  10. Jeannie Cline says:

    The recipe sounds great. One question. Do you peel the apples before slicing?

  11. JulieVR says:

    Nope! plenty of the nutrients and fiber are in the skin – you don’t want to lose that!

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  13. Sue says:

    Do you have to use parchment paper? I don’t have any on hand and want to make these now! LOL! :)


  14. Amber says:

    I used one apple, all my pan would fit, sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top and popped them on a barely oiled no stick pan. The trick is to move them every 30 mins or so

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