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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple Chips



      Need a healthy yummy snack? These are absolutely going to be a go-to snack. I have been watching what I eat and trying to make sure that I am eating in the healthiest way possible. I want to find foods that I like and actually want. I think that is the secret to healthy living --  finding healthy food you love!  I love to cook and the kids are into trying new things. We have a new rule that you must try everything once, at least one bite.  I am not a fan of apples. I love apple pie, apple sauce, and apple juice… and that is about all I love about apples. When I saw this concept on Pinterest I thought it would be great to try because they are “chips” and would be a good snack to munch on.  I did some searching, but I could not find a recipe I liked. So I took the recipe and added my own flavorings. Sprinkling a little cinnamon and sugar on them before you bake them adds a little sweetness and that is what makes this perfect for someone like me who loves sweets!

-3 apples

<For the simple syrup:
-2 cups of water
-2 cups of sugar

For the cinnamon sugar:               >>>>
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

     Heat oven to 250 degrees. Mix 2 cups of water and 2 cup of sugar, and heat until all of the sugar is melted, making a simple syrup. Slice the apples to a very thin width. This is important because you want them to be thin enough  to become chips. Once all of the apples are sliced, place them in the simple syrup and allow to soak for about 10 minutes. You do not have to stir just make sure that they are evenly covered.

     While the apples are soaking, mix together in a small bowl the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon, and set aside. Remove the apple slices one by one ( I use tongs) and place on a nonstick cookie sheet evenly, do not overlap.  Use a second pan if you need to.  (If you don’t want to waste the simple syrup, use it to sweeten tea or lemonade rather than discarding it.)

     Take the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle over the top of the apple slices as much or as little as you would like.  Place one pan on the top rack (if you needed 2 pans) and one pan on the bottom rack.  Bake for 30 minutes. Switch the pans around by placing the one that was on the top to the bottom, and the bottom to the top, and bake for another 30 minutes.  At the end of the second 30 minutes, remove them from the oven and begin removing the apple slices from the pan into a separate dish so that they can cool.

     Now I know I can add apple chips to the apple things I love because these things are amazing, if I do say so myself!  If you love to dip your chips, like I do, add a little peanut butter to the side and ENJOY!


LOGAN: "He doesn't like them. I just don't like the cinnamon on them." He's the hard one to impress and doesn't like much but I can at least say that he is branching out and trying new things, even if it is just for me to get his opinion on it.

LAILA:>>> She can't voice her opinion right now the princess is asleep. I know she liked them but we will get her opinion in the morning.

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