If you’ve visited our fun facts page, you know that we’ve eaten an apple practically every day with breakfast since high school. Besides the fact that they are super satisfying, sweet, crunchy and delicious, we do believe there’s truth in that old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away…” (plus science backs it up 🙂 ) and it keeps us regular. If you remember some of apple recipes, like our Egg & Apple Sunflower Salad, our, Baked Apple, our Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink , our Skinny Speedy Sugar Spice Apple Chips and our Baked Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal, you know we don’t just limit them to breakfast!
Since Fall is just around the corner, now is the perfect time for using juicy apples while they are at the peak of freshness! Nothing says “Fall” like biting into a crisp apple- especially when it is paired with its’ fragrant and sweet BFF, cinnamon. Apples and cinnamon are a match made in taste bud heaven. When apples and cinnamon get together, magic happens, but this combo doesn’t have to stay in the realm of plain old apples sprinkled with the warming spice or in our Comfort Food Reinvented Apple Pie . Apples make the perfect fruit for turning into healthy baked chips! We all get a craving for a crunchy snack from time to time and these are the perfect swap for chips which aren’t the healthiest snack for your heart (or waistline). Instead, these apple chips are low in calories, and provide the added bonus of some serious nutrition power!
Here are some nutritional perks you’ll get with each crunch:
Apples are a great source of Vitamin C and phytonutrients, so they are a key beauty food. Vitamin C helps with collagen formation to keep your skin looking youthful and bright, and we all need a phytonutrient boost to help stave off diseases like cancer. These apple chips are also spiced up with cinnamon and ginger, which have their own amazing benefits, too!
Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon may help to reduce inflammation, and a number of small studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. Although more research is needed, it can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily.!
Ginger: Ginger is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!
These chips are so simple to make, and they are the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, zesty and crunchy. Apples have always been a great skinny snack, and this recipe takes the amazing apple above and beyond. With these apple chips in your snack rotation, you will be munching yourself skinny in no time-without having to ignore the chip craving!
Baked Cinnamon Ginger Apple Chips
1 apple (Granny Smith is a variety that adds a subtle zing)
½ tsp of powdered ginger
1 tsp of cinnamon (plus more for garnish)
Slice a washed apple very thin, either with a knife or mandolin slicer (easy!) and place slices on a baking sheet. The thinner the apple is sliced, the crispier your chips will be. Sprinkle slices with cinnamon and ginger. Bake at 200°F for 2.5 hours, until golden and crisp. Garnish apple chips with more cinnamon! Enjoy this guilt-free snack whenever you want a crunchy pick-me-up!
- 1 apple
- ½ tsp of powdered ginger
- 1 tsp of cinnamon (plus more for garnish)
- Slice a washed apple very thin, either with a knife or mandolin slicer
- Place slices on a baking sheet
- Sprinkle slices with cinnamon and ginger
- Bake at 200°F for 2.5 hours, until golden and crisp
- Garnish apple chips with more cinnamon!