Make your own healthy apple chips at home with this recipe using your dehydrator. They're crunchy and spicy, the perfect snack.
Spicy snack alert! Get ready for your new favorite spicy snack - Dried Apple Chips.
Crazy, right? Who would think something so simple and good for you could be so incredibly tasty? And satisfying?
The fact of the matter is that many dried foods are inherently delicious, or at least they can be, but for some reason they're pretty darned expensive at the store. My neighbor was just telling me a story about her daughter who does her best to live a healthy lifestyle and is obsessed with apple chips. She loves them, but DANG are they pricey. She and I wondered - why does eating healthy have to be so costly sometimes?
Well, it doesn't HAVE to be. Not when you own a dehydrator.
You can make your own crunchy, snack-y apple chips at home anytime you'd like, and you can spice them up with all of your favorite ingredients, especially now that apples are practically everywhere. Don't you love apple season?
I snatched a bag of these beauties from the grocery store as they were shouting out to me - "Mike! Mike! Take us home with you! We want to be apple chips!"
So apple chips they now ARE, and you can make them, too.
It's a simple process, really. In a nutshell, you'll rinse and dry your apples, then slice them to 1/4" slices. Toss them in a bowl with lime juice then sprinkle them with whatever types of seasonings suit your taste buds. For me, I love the combination of apples with ginger and nutmeg - such CLASSIC combinations - but I also love the fresh pop of mint and basil, and the zesty heat of chili peppers (obvi).
I used a ghost powder mix from peppers I dried using my dehydrator (see how awesome a dehydrator can be?), but feel free to use whatever heat level you prefer. That goes for the spice choices. Use whatever you're in the mood for.
Once the apple slices are nicely coated, spread them out over your dehydrator trays, like so.
Pop them into your dehydrator at 135 degrees F and let them dry for 10-12 hours or so. Your dehydrator will probably have a "fruit" setting, so be sure to follow the instructions for your particular dehydrator model.
Once they're dried, store them in airtight containers, though to be honest, they probably won't last very long. As I mentioned, they're crunchy with a nice level of zing to them, and you know what? They're a little bit addictive, so you might want to double or triple this recipe.
Great snack, my friends! Let me know how your dried apple chips turn out. I hope you enjoy them.
-- Mike H.
Go Get a Dehydrator!
If you do not yet own a dehydrator, I urge you to order one up. I LOVE my dehydrators (yes, I own two) and use them all the time. They're essential for making leathers, jerky, spice blends, preserving in general and more. Here are links to the two that I personally own (Affiliate Links, my friends! FYI):
The Nesco is a smaller dehydrator that is perfect for general home use: Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White
The Excalibur is a larger 9-tray dehydrator that is ideal for larger batches: Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black
I use and highly recommend both of these.
The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook
Shout out to Page Street Publishing for working with me on the forthcoming "Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook". I will update as needed, but my book is due out in January 2018, and will include close to 100 recipes you can make with your dehydrator, including a number of sweet and spicy fruit leather recipes. I hope you will check it out! Here is a pre-order link.
Spiced Dried Apple Chips – Recipe
- 3 apples
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon chili powder – I used a ghost powder mix, but any of your choice will do
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- ½ teaspoon dried nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced basil
- Slice the apples into ¼” slices. It is best to use a mandoline to achieve even slices.
- Toss all the ingredients in a bowl. Ensure that each apple slice is evenly coated with the herb blend.
- Set onto dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 135 degrees F for 10-12 hours, or until the apples are dried through.
Enjoy! These are great snacks!