My 7-yr old refuses to eat fresh fruit. It’s driving me crazy and she knows it. Her promise is to try it when she’s 10, so I still have hope. She eats vegetables though, so not all is lost. She also eats “hidden fruits” like the berry-mango popsicles we make for the kids. And she loves these apple chips, even though she is fully aware that they’re made from actual apples. It’s a texture thing… and these apple chips have a wonderful crunch to them so they’re a winner in our house. They make an excellent school snack, but also work for traveling, and general munching.

If your batch lasts so long that the last pieces turn a little chewy, just crisp them up in the oven for a few minutes. You can also mix the crumbled apple chips with some toasted coconut for a grain free “cereal” creation. I’ll have that recipe for you soon! But for now, just get ready for your house to smell ah-mazing!
To keep more of the apples’ nutrients intact I recommend dehydrating them overnight. Baking them at temperatures above 150 degrees Fahrenheit will diminish their nutritional value. You’ll still have the fiber and minerals, but the vitamins and enzymes will largely get destroyed. If your oven doesn’t have a dehydrating setting, just put it on the lowest possible temperature and stick a wooden spoon in the door to keep it open a tiny crack. There’ll be more delicious aroma going around in your house.

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Apple Chips Yum
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash the apples, and remove the core with an apple corer. If you don’t have one, just leave the core in (it gets soft during baking).
  2. Brush the coconut oil on the baking sheets. This will keep the chips from sticking.
  3. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees, or whatever the lowest setting is that it can give.
  4. Slice the apple in 1/8″ slices. I highly recommend buying a mandolin for this task since it creates thin and even slices fast and easy. You can get decent ones for about $20.
  5. Lay the apple slices flat on the baking sheet, without overlapping them. Next sprinkle them with cinnamon and then off they go in the oven! Dehydrate them overnight for about 12 hours.
  6. They may still feel just a little soft and pliable when you take them out and that’s ok. They get crisp once they’re completely cooled. Definitely store in an airtight container or they will get chewy.
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About Ulla Schindler

Ulla is a holistic health coach, mom, wife, career changer, and the owner of themindfulplate.com where she teaches people how to start and sustain a healthy lifestyle so they can confidently shop, cook, and eat for a healthier body, mind, and planet. Ulla graduated from Bauman College, and lives in Hollywood, FL with her husband and two kids.

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