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Air Fry These Delicious, Low-Cal Apple Chips in Minutes

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Do you find it hard to resist buying salty, high-fat chips at the grocery store? We don’t blame you! There’s something so satisfying about biting into a crunchy, delicious chip. That’s why we love this recipe for air fried apple chips. Easy to make and sweet to eat, these chips take a fraction of the time you might expect, and all you need is an apple and an air fryer!

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Apple chips – which are essentially dehydrated, crunchy apple crisps – are incredibly simple to make in the air fryer. And while the only ingredient you really need for this recipe is an apple or two, you can add a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin spice if you’re in the mood. (And if you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry – you can still make them in the oven. It just requires a little more patience!)

How to Make Air Fryer Apple Chips  

I decided to test out an apple chips recipe from Jenna Urben, a food blogger for Taste of Home. Urben suggested slicing the apple into 1/8-inch slices with a mandoline. I didn’t have one of those, but a sharpened chef’s knife worked just fine.  

I was tempted to cut out the core in each of the slices, but everything I read said not to, so I didn’t. Most of the seeds fell out while I was slicing, and I could easily pluck out the rest with my fingers. As for the core in each slice, most bakers claim that it softens enough to eat without an issue. (If you’re skeptical, you can still core your slices.) The skin is safe to leave on, too, and contains key antioxidants that you don’t want to miss out on.  

Once the slices were ready, I placed them in the air fryer basket, being careful not to layer them too much, so they wouldn’t get soggy.  

I set the air fryer for 15 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and every 10 minutes or so, paused the it to flip the slices. Around the seven-minute mark, the kitchen began to smell incredible – this is a great way to make your home smell delicious without baking an entire apple pie! 

When the chips were ready, I piled them onto a platel. They still felt a bit soft to me, but Urben said that they should get crunchier as they cool. I let the chips sit for about 10 minutes before I tested one out. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as crunchy as I would have liked. 

I was prepared for this to happen, though, and didn’t let it deter me. Cooking times can vary depending on the air fryer, so, I popped the chips back in for another five minutes. The thinner chips crisped up quickly, and I had to take them out before the thicker ones. However, that extra time did the trick for the rest of the batch. When they hit the plate the second time, they made beautiful clinking sounds! (They were still a tad chewy in the middle, though, so I’ll remember to cut even thinner slices for next time.)

Ready to test out apple chips for yourself? Make sure you cut very thin slices, or as thin as you can get. Otherwise, you can invest in a mandoline (Buy on Amazon, $16.99). (One exacting blogger recommended checking them against a ruler, and aiming for 1/32-inch slices.) In addition, you may need to experiment with the cooking time and temperature. If 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes doesn’t cut it, try 320 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes instead. 

Happy snacking!

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