Healthy Oven Baked Apple Chips are an easy and delicious snack that are perfect for healthy kids snacks and Valentine's parties. With less than 50 calories a serving it's a snack both parents and kids love. The secret to perfect apple chips is baking at a low temperature which perfectly dehydrates the fruit. Make some today!
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Sugar, Sugar, Sugar
Sugar and I have a love hate relationship. I have a sweet tooth, so I love consuming sugary snacks… but I also have a healthy conscious brain that tells me NNnnnnooooooOOOOOO! Whenever I reach for a bag of sweets.
It's a fight for moderation!
Too Many Sweet Treats
The overabundance of sugar filled snacks became glaringly obvious to me once my kids started school. It seems like every school lunch is served with syrup packed fruit or chocolate milk, every accomplishment is rewarded with candy, and every celebration is filled with sweets.
I hate to be the big party pooper…. but geeze louise, has anyone heard of the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation?
The Fun Mom
I love being the fun mom that thrills and delights my kids with clever snacks for the holidays and exciting themed treats. Unfortunately, most of the ideas I find online are made with sugar, Sugar, and more SUGAR!
What's a fun loving mom to do?
I'll admidt, it takes a bit of creativity but there are fun and delicious snacks that you can make and still feel good about serving to your kids.
I love dried fruit. Now don't get too excited here… I realize that fruit does contain sugar… but it is naturally occurring sugar as opposed to the overload of refined sugar that is found in the adorable bags of Valentine sweets at the store.
Healthy Oven Baked Apple Chips
My kids love helping me make apple chips. I slice and they cut out the core with a mini heart cookie cutter. It's a fun way to dress up fruit for Valentine's Day!
You can customize the apple chips by baking them more or less. The longer you bake the crunchier they become. I prefer mine with a bit of chewiness, my kids love them crunchy like potato chips.
These healthy apple chips are an easy and delicious snack for kids. Try making them with a small heart cookie cutter and cinnamon, they're perfect for healthy snacks and Valentine's Day parties. The secret is baking the apples at a low temperature which dehydrates the apples.
- 4 large apples
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp sugar
- small heart cookie cutter
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Thinly slice apples (about 1/8 inch thick).
Cut out apple core from with slice using a mini heart cookie cutter. Arrange apple slices in a thin layer on baking sheet. Make sure there is room between each slice.
Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl; sprinkle lightly over apple slices. (Optional)
Bake until apples are dried and edges are slightly curled, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Flip once halfway through baking time. (Bake apple more for crisp chips and less for chewy chips.)
Cool completely and store in an airtight container. Use within one week.
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