Dehydrated Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

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These dehydrated cinnamon apple chips are the perfect healthy homemade snack to keep on hand. Not only are they a tasty fruit snack, but apple chips are naturally gluten-free, full of nutrition, and easy to make.

Use this cinnamon apple chips recipe and fill your pantry with a sugar-free, shelf-stable treat to be enjoyed anytime!

dehydrated cinnamon apple chips in a blue and white ceramic bowl.

What’s the Best Apple For Making Chips?

Any apple variety can be sliced and used for dehydrating; I like to use a Mutsu variety, but they are found only in the fall. Two apple varieties found year-round is the Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Both will make an excellent snack.

The easy recipe is versatile and can be made with any variety:

  • Golden Delicious
  • Johnathan Gold
  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp and more!
dehydrated apple chips recipe - fresh apples of green and red in a box

How to Make Dehydrated Cinnamon Apple Chips

This recipe is for a dehydrator, but it’s no problem if you don’t own one. You can bake them in an oven as well.

The biggest drawback is that most oven temperatures don’t get low enough to prevent overcooking or crisping the edges. It can be done, but careful attention is needed.

NOTE: This is a sugar-free recipe.

Mutsu apples are very sweet, therefore, I don’t add sugar. But if you use a less sweet variety, like a Granny Smith, you may prefer to add additional sugar. Mix 2 tsp. of sugar with ½ tsp. of cinnamon, sprinkle over thinly sliced apples following the directions below.

Ingredients:

  • Thinly sliced apples (any variety)
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Lemon Juice
  • Water

Instructions:

  • Mix water and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl then set aside.
  • Thoroughly wash and core apples (I use this apple corer). Peeling is optional – I don’t peel. However, if you choose to peel, an apple peeler will core and skin simultaneously, making it a breeze. I use this Johnny Appleseed peeler when I need to peel and core.
  • With a madonline, thinly slice apples to 1/16th inch thick, making sure the apples are cut the same thickness or close to it. This is, so they dehydrate at the same rate.
  • Next, dip apple slices into lemon-water mixture and then place on dehydrator trays in a single layer with plenty of space between each to allow for air circulation.
  • Lightly sprinkle sliced apples with cinnamon.
  • Set dehydrator temperature (I use this one) to 135° and cook for 6 hours. Test apple for doneness. They should be crunchy and delicious. If not, put them back in the dehydrator for another hour. Then test again. (Note: Test when they have cooled for a couple of minutes. Otherwise, when they are warm, they will be spongy. So it’s hard to tell if they are warm).

NOTE: I have had juicier apples take 8-10 hours to dehydrate. So dehydrating time will vary depending on the juice content of your chosen apple variety.

thin sliced apple rings on a dehydrator tray for making fresh dehydrated cinnamon apple chips

How to Store Dried Apple Chips

Store dried apples in airtight glass or plastic containers with lids. I don’t recommend plastic bags for long-shelf storage; bags don’t have the moisture barrier needed to keep cinnamon apple chips crunchy. Chances of molding are possible in bags as well.

TIP: I also use these moisture absorbers for our dehydrated foods, bulk spices, cookies, canisters, and more. They add additional protection from moisture.

Apple chips are shelf-stable when properly stored for one year. But at our house, they never last this long; they are enjoyed as a snack and are gone in no time.

Easy Ways to Enjoy Dehydrated Apple Chips

Apple chips are lightweight and easy as a grab-and-go snack for:

  • Enjoying in a bowl on movie night
  • Taking on a long road trip instead of a bag of greasy potato chips
  • Hiking and camping since they are easy to pack
  • Adding to school lunches or as a sports snack

Take them along and feel satisfied that you are feeding your family a healthy, nutritious snack alternative.

Other Apple Treats You Will Enjoy:

Yield: 2 quarts

Easy Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

dehydrated cinnamon apple chips in a blue and white ceramic bowl.

Serve this fun and healthy homemade snack to your family and feel good about it. This Dehydrated Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe will be the hit!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Fresh Apples
  • 2 cups of Water
  • ½ cup of Lemon Juice
  • 3 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • Sugar to Taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix water and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl then set aside.
  2. Thoroughly wash and core apples. (peeling is optional - I don't peel). However, if you choose to, an apple peeler will core and skin simultaneously, making it a breeze.
  3. With a madonline or peeler, thinly slice apples to 1/16th inch thick, making sure the apples are cut the same thickness or close to it. This is, so they dehydrate at the same rate.
  4. Next, dip apple slices into lemon-water mixture and place on dehydrator trays, single layer, with plenty of space between each to allow for air circulation.
  5. Lightly sprinkle sliced apples with cinnamon.
  6. Set dehydrator temperature to 135° and cook for 7 hours. Test apple for doneness. They should be crunchy and delicious. If not, put them back in the dehydrator for another hour. Then test again.
  7. Store in an air-tight container with a lid, date and store on the pantry shelf.

Notes

This is a sugar-free recipe. You may use sugar at your convenience. MIx it with cinnamon and sprinkle on apples.

Test when they have cooled for a couple of minutes. Otherwise, when they are warm, they will be spongy. So it's hard to tell if they are warm.

dehydrated cinnamon apple chips in a bowl with text overlay that reads Cinnamon Apple Chip Recipe

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