Baked Apple Chips

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Baked Apple Chips

Apple Chips
Make baked apple chips as a healthy fall snack!. Image by westend61/Getty Images

In the mythology of a number of different pantheons, apples are considered pretty powerful. The ancient Greeks associated them with beauty, fertility, and wisdom. To the Norse peoples, the apple symbolized youthfulness. Celtic tales connect apples to immortality. Today, we may not be using apples for any of those things (although some of us do), but the apple is still one of the most popular fruits of the Mabon harvest season.

From late summer into the middle of autumn, apples are abundant all over the place. In many areas, you can go pick your own, and bring home a bushel or two to do with as you please. Where I live, our favorite apple farm has a wide variety of apples to choose from, so it’s not uncommon for us to bring home a mixed bag or two of Mackintosh, Golden Delicious, Fuji, and other strains that grow in the Midwest. Of course, then we’re stuck with the dilemma of what to do with them all.

I’ve found that one of the best – and easiest – ways to use apples is to slice, season, and bake them. Apple chips are super-simple to make, and they’ll last for ages if you store them in an airtight container. Not only that, they’re a healthy snack alternative to so many of the other things that we tend to eat on a regular basis.

Here’s a selection of my five favorite ways to make dried apple chips. Let’s get started.

You’ll need:

  • 4 apples (obviously, you can make more, just double or triple the seasonings as needed)
  • Seasonings (see below for recipe combinations)

For all of these recipes, you’ll need to wash and core the apples. Peeling them is up to you – I like mine with the peels still in place, but if your kids won’t eat them with a peel, get rid of it! Slice them thinly, around 1/8” thick. If you have a mandoline slicer, use it.

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.

  • Apple Cinnamon Chips: Combine 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon and ¼ C. granulated sugar.
  • Spiced Apple Chips: Combine 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. ground cardamom, 1 tsp. ground cloves, and 1 tsp. ground ginger. Add 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar. This combination has a flavor similar to chai tea.
  • Savory Apple Chips: Combine 1 Tbsp. dried dill, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. dried basil, and 1 tsp. salt.
  • Barbecue Apple Chips: Combine 1 Tbsp. paprika, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. dried mustard powder, and 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper.
  • Ranch Apple Chips: ¼ C. dried buttermilk, 2 Tbsp. dried parsley, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. ground black pepper, and ½ tsp. salt. If you like, add in a teaspoon of dried chives as well.

Put your seasonings, whichever ones you’re using, in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Add the apple slices, a few at a time, and shake the bag so the apple slices are completely coated on both sides. Spread the apple slices in a single layer on a baking sheet – I like to line mine with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Bake them for between 2-3 hours, turning them over with a spatula after about an hour.

Your baking time is going to vary on a number of things, including how hot your oven actually gets, and how juicy the apples were to start with. Juicy ones take longer to dehydrate. When your apples are crisp, and snap when you bend them, then they’re done baking.

After your apples have thoroughly cooled, store them in an airtight container – they’ll last for a while this way, but chances are good your family will eat them long before they spoil!

More Apple Magic

Pomona, the Apple Goddess

Pomona was a Roman goddess who was the keeper of orchards and fruit trees. Unlike many other agricultural deities, Pomona is not associated with the harvest itself, but with the flourishing of fruit trees. She is usually portrayed bearing a cornucopia or a tray of blossoming fruit.

Hold a Mabon Apple Harvest Ritual

In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance. This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through.

The Magical Energy of Apples

Apples have always been popular tools for foretelling the future. There are a number of traditional methods in folklore for using apples in divination. Apples are also associated with certain deities of the fall harvest season.

Baked Apples with Salted Caramel Sauce

If you've gone apple picking for Mabon, this is a delicious way to use some of them up! Stuffed with nuts, raisins, and spices, these baked apples can be topped with salted caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, or both! Go ahead, we won't judge you for your food choices!

Crockpot Apple Butter

Apple butter is a delicious treat all year long, and if you make it in the fall with fresh apple sauce, you can preserve it to eat later on. Enjoy this tasty spread on warm bread, or just straight from the jar!