I made these Cinnamon Vanilla Apple Chips for the September 2014 Recipe Redux theme which was a recipe using a dehydrator.
“Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you like to dehydrate, or a healthy recipe for how you enjoy using dehydrated fruits, veggies or other bounty.”
Since Whole Foods had their organic apples on sale this week, I decided this is what I would make.
They are the perfect anytime snack but especially so for the fall with the warm and comforting flavors of cinnamon and vanilla.
One of the things I love most about using my Excalibur dehydrator is the simplicity of the recipes.
They have minimal ingredient lists and the end results are live, raw foods with all the living enzymes still intact.
If you’ve never used a dehydrator before, one of the benefits is when you dehydrate under 118 degrees, the foods are considered “raw” and you get the maximum nutrients and benefits.
This is always the better option over a cooked or processed snack.
Here’s the ingredient list of a highly processed store-bought brand:
Seneca Cinnamon Flavored Crispy Apple Chips
Ingredients: APPLES, CANOLA OIL, AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, MALTODEXTRIN, CINNAMON, CITRIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), NATURAL FLAVORS (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “C”
Even though the ingredient list is short, it’s still not good. It’s nothing but a bag of non-organic apples with pesticides and GMO’s (canola oil, corn syrup, maltodextrin).
It’s so important to make sure when you buy apples, you buy organic apples.
Non-organic apples can have up to 47 different pesticides on them.
This healthier version is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and contain no refined sugar.
Want more healthy snack recipes? Check out Cacao Drizzle Holiday Popcorn, Superfood Fruit Nut and Seed Snack Mix, Vegan Oven Baked Zucchini Chips or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating snacks that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Apples:*
- rich in anti-oxidants
- good source of B complex vitamins
- helps to reduce cholesterol
- 1 apple contains 17.4% RDA of fiber
- helps to regulate blood sugar
5 Fast Facts Cinnamon:*
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- helps to control blood sugar
- excellent source of manganese and iron
- can help to lower bad cholesterol
- aids in eliminating migraine headaches
5 Fast Facts About Raw Coconut Crystals:*
- low glycemic (GI of 35)
- raw, vegan and gluten-free
- unrefined and unbleached
- contains 17 amino acids
- is an abundant source of minerals and broad spectrum B vitamins
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 teaspoon contains 3 g of protein and 3 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I prefer to use the red “Fuji” or “McIntosh” variety to make apple chips because they are sweeter than the “Granny Smith” green apples I usually buy, but feel free to use your favorite apple variety.
Tip #2: I like to use raw coconut crystals as my granular sweetener because it is raw and low-glycemic, but feel free to use your favorite granular sweetener.
Tip #3: The ratio of cinnamon, sweetener and vanilla bean is our favorite, but feel free to adjust them to your preference.
Tip #4: I’ve tried to drop the apple slices into the cinnamon mixture and toss them around, but found it was just too much and a little overpowering. I just hold an apple slice in one hand and use the other hand to lightly sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on each side.
Tip #5: If you have a little extra cinnamon mixture left over, you can slice an extra apple or two or use it as a topping for oatmeal.
Tip #6: I leave my chips in the dehydrator for about 18 hours because I prefer them a little crispy. I prepare them right before going to bed and leave them in overnight and they are usually ready around noon. The smell is amazing to wake up to! If you prefer a softer, chewier texture, you can leave them in for less time. Just check them periodically and take them out when they are the texture you like.
Tip #7: I used (4) small apples and made approximately 50 – 60 chips.
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