Monday, November 18, 2013

Guilt Free Apple Crisps

The weekends are my typical DIY/bake/ days {and where we try to clean up the house!}  So this weekend I was going through the fridge to see what looks like it needed to be eaten/cooked ASAP or what needed to be thrown out like yesterday! I stumbled upon two lonely apples in the back of the fridge {like the kids who get picked last in dodge ball in school} that we had forgotten about from apple picking a few weeks back. 

These two apples still looked fresh and delicious, ready to eat. I decided to do something different with them. I absolutely love apple chips, but they are usually the cost of a pound of apples for a small 1 ounce bag, so I attempted to make my own. I mean, how hard could it be? They were actually quite easy to make, and make a great healthy snack alternative while satisfying my sweet tooth without the guilt! 
Guilt Free Apple Crisps~ The Dreams Weaver

What you will need: 
1 tablespoon granulated sugar or vanilla sugar 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
2 apples 
Guilt Free Apple Crisps~ The Dreams Weaver

 Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. 
Guilt Free Apple Crisps~ The Dreams Weaver

 In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Wash apples. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice apples and pears about 1/8 inch thick. Arrange slices in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle the spiced sugar evenly over apple slices. 
Guilt Free Apple Crisps~ The Dreams Weaver

 Bake for 1 hour, then flip over and sprinkle more spiced sugar on other side. Continue to bake until slices appear dry, around another 30 to 40 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave apple crisps in for another hour. This step will dry the slices even more and help them get crunchy. 
Guilt Free Apple Crisps~ The Dreams Weaver
 At this point the whole house smelled absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The aroma of the baked apples and strong cinnamon flavor with the sweetness of the sugar, really made it feel like Fall in the house! 

 Store apple crisps at room temperature in an airtight container. I chose a mason jar, since those really seal well, and you can see the beautiful color and texture of the crisps.
Guilt Free Apple Crisps~ The Dreams Weaver

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