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I love how each season brings a new perfectly ripe fruit. Winter has citrus, spring has strawberries and rhubarb, summer has berries and peaches and fall has apples. Ok, you can get almost every fruit year round in the grocery store and because of this, we’re all a little spoiled that we don’t have to live purely by the seasons. I think this also has left many of us forgetting the truly amazing flavor of ripe, in-season fruits and vegetables.

There is nothing like walking up to a tree, picking an apple and eating it. The tart, sweet, crisp flavor hits your tongue in all the right spots. The heavens open up and you all of a sudden realize what unique flavor an apple has… Whew, was that almost too dramatic for you? Yeah, it was for me too, but I think it’s because I’m overly passionate about what I grow. I like to view the seasons as a gift to reintroduce you to the flavors and dishes you’ve been missing.

Apples store for quite a while in the fridge but there are many ways to preserve them, lock in their flavor and enjoy them throughout the year. The easiest and quickest way is homemade apple chips (or dried apple slices). Growing up, when we had a bumper crop of apples, Mom would fill the dehydrator with thinly sliced apples – sometimes sprinkled with cinnamon – and let them dry. The dehydrated result was a soft, almost chewy apple slice that was used as a snack, in baked goods and granola. Sweet and full of apple flavor, I still crave them.

Hand holding homemade apple chip with sprinkling of spices on top with additional apple chips in background on a wood board on a gray surface

I don’t have a dehydrator at my home so I instead opt for a crispier version of these dried apples. Personally, I actually prefer the texture that drying the slices in the oven gives.

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Top down view of homemade apple chips sitting on piece of white parchment and sprinkled with spices
This apple pie spice gives the apple chips a uniquely fall flavor!

You don’t need a bumper crop of apples to make these. Just take a day and go to a local orchard or farmer’s market. If you only make one batch of this recipe, you’ll only be sorry you didn’t make more of these when winter comes.

Homemade apple chips sitting on parchment with no spices on top

I’ve been a little apple crazy lately, but there are just too many delicious apple recipes not to share them all:

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Watch how to make these homemade apple chips

Once you make these homemade apple chips, let me know in the comments how they turned out for you! And if you add other spices, let me know which ones!

Top down view of homemade apple chips with fall spices on top sitting on a parchment-lined baking sheet on a wood board with apples to the side on a gray slate surface

Homemade Apple Chips

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Made from simple ingredients, these homemade apple chips are perfect for that time of year when apples are plentiful! You can either bake them up plain or with some fall spices on top!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 large apples (choose crisp varieties: Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Pink Lady)

For the apple pie spice

  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ginger

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 225°F.
  • Use a corer to remove the apple core from each apple. Thinly slice the apples with a mandolin or sharp knife to ⅛-inch thick. Lay the apple slices on parchment-lined baking sheets evenly, making sure the slices do not overlap.
  • For apple pie spiced apples, in a small bowl combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. Stir to evenly combine. Sprinkle apple slices with the spice mixture.
  • Place in preheated oven until dried and slightly soft, 2-3 hours. Remove from oven and cool. As they cool they will become crisp. Place in an airtight continer and enjoy.

Notes

  • If it’s humid when making these, they will soften when stored. They can be crisped back up by placing them in a 200°F oven for 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2.6mgFiber: 6gSugar: 23.2g
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Baking

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I’m Kaleb! I'm not a chef, professional baker, landscaper or designer, but I like to play each on The Gray Boxwood Farm. Come join me on my journey and let's learn together!

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