I’m trying to eat more healthily in 2020 and one thing that I do struggle with is healthy snacks. Sometimes an carrot stick just doesn’t cut it – or just a plain old apple. I wanted to make something that was easy to make and ready to go when the urge hits. Hopefully then that urge won’t lead to chocolate! These Cinnamon Apple Crisps (or chips for my American friends) are easy to make and taste amazing. You wouldn’t believe there are no more calories in them than just eating an apple!
I tried making these both with and without the cinnamon. They are both equally as good depending on what mood you are in. I’m also now thinking of creating some variations. I’m considering chocolate dipped apple crisps. I know, I know, not so healthy but I bet they would be amazing. I’m interested to hear any ideas you might have!
I did a bit of reading up about how other people have made these and most recipes seem to call for 2 hours in the oven. I found that they were better for 3-4 as they were still a little soft after 2. Perhaps I sliced mine a bit thicker than others?
I think a mandolin is fairly essential for this recipe as you would struggle to get them sliced thin enough using a knife. Plus, unless you are a knife wielding samurai, then I doubt you’d get the nice uniform consistant slices. I tried these cinnamon apple crisps at 3 thicknesses – 1.5mm, 3mm and 6mm. 3mm was without a doubt the best. 6mm was too thick and 1.5mm was ok but I found they had more of a tendency to stick to the paper during cooking.
These unfortunately do only last for a couple of days before they start to go soft, but since they are a cinch to make you could just whip up a batch every 3 days. I found that storing them in a container with some rice in the bottom helped to prolong their lifespan as well.
As you can make these with as many apples as you like they are perfect for making just one or two portions – perfect if you are making them just for one. One medium apple makes a pretty perfect portion for one.
Ball Glass Jars
Mandoline Slicer – With Cut Resistant Gloves
Beeswax Food Wraps
Cinnamon Apple CrispsCourse: SnacksCuisine: FruitDifficulty: Easy
Super easy and oh so healthy – these cinnamon apple crisps are a fantastic snack with no added sugar. They taste so great you still feel like you are indulging in a real treat.
1 medium apple – use any variety you like
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Highly advised: Mandolin slicer with 3mm slice height
- Preheat the oven to 100C / 200F
- Using a mandolin slice the apple thinly. I found they worked best at 3mm. See note 1.
- Place the apples on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon. Flip and sprinkle with the other half
- Place in the lower part of the oven, turn after one hour and return to the oven. Bake for another 2 hours and then test. To test remove one crisp from the oven and leave on the side for 4-5 minutes and then check the crispiness. If it’s still soft leave for another 30-60 minutes.
- I didn’t bother coring the apples, with a bit of extra work to remove the seeds after slicing you get a lovely star shape in the middle slices. Plus you’re not wasting any apple!
3 Thoughts on “Cinnamon Apple Crisps”
Today felt like the beginning of fall and these were perfect for the weather! I tried a few different spices which I thought might work with apples: ginger, cinnamon, and rosemary. The rosemary ended up being my favorite flavor. They were nice and crispy with a touch of chewiness and and had a tangy kick (maybe because I used Green Granny Smith apples). I’ll definitely rely on this recipe for an autumn snack and might try it cardamom.
Ooh good ideas! I definitely will have to try with Rosemary.
If you want them to be fully ‘crispy’ then you can leave them in the oven a little longer – the timings I gave were based on the thinness I cut them at so if they are thicker they might need a little longer.
Unless, of course, you want them a bit chewy 🙂