Better-Than-Store-Bought Apple Chips

This recipe calls for cooking thin apple slices in cinnamon-infused unsweetened apple juice and baking them in the oven to create homemade golden-brown and crispy apple chips. If you’d like a unique and healthy way to prepare apples, this is the recipe for you!

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Better-Than-Store-Bought Apple Chips

Servings 4

Total Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 70

carbohydrate 18g


  • 2 cup(s) apple juice, unsweetened (if possible, juice your own from about 5-6 large apples)
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 2 large apple(s)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. In a large pot over high heat, combine apple juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to a low boil.
  3. Remove top and bottom of apple and slice crosswise to make 1/8 thick chips. Discard any seeds.
  4. Carefully drop apple slices into boiling juice and cook 4-5 minutes. Apple slices will appear translucent.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove apple slices from juice and place on a clean cloth towel. Pat dry.
  6. Place dried apple chips on a wire cooling rack placed on a cookie sheet (this will catch any drips).
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes until apple slices turn golden brown and are almost dry to the touch.


  1. I make apple chips using my dehydrater by washing the apples coring them and slicing them with the skins on dipping them in a solution of water and lemon juice. dry them a little and sprinkle with cinnamon and dry. YUMMY

  2. I tried making these and they never got crispy… just mushy. :-( Did I cut the apples too thick? Maybe temperature needs to be higher?

    1. Srl – Maybe you didn’t bake them for long enough? If they’re mushy, it just means there’s still moisture in them. Not sure – sorry!

  3. This recipe is a huge waste of time. If the apple chips turn out or not. just eat the apples or if you really want apple chips put the chips in a dehydrator. Pick something better and choose a recipe that won’t make you feel like an old lady stiring the apple chips in the oven.

  4. I made these these last night. The last night. Although the process was simple, it was time consuming. As Gabe stated, just eat the apple.

  5. As someone who doesn’t have-or can’t afford a dehydrator, and is looking for a different way to snack on apples, this is great. Despite the time it will take to do this.
    Seriously people, if the recipe isn’t for you, that’s nice, but there are people out there that look for stuff like this.

  6. This is what I did 2 big apples slice with a mandolin very thin( or a nife) be careful ! Spread out the slices on a cookie sheet add 1 tbsp coconut oil toss the slices around sprinkle cinnamon and unsweetened coconut flakes set the oven on 350f let sit for 20-25 min

  7. Yum, thanks Neely.
    If I wanted a standard apple, I would eat it but sometimes its nice to spice things up a bit. i remember when the Paleo community was positve and supportive…… Too many whingers and Paleo police raining on everyones parade these days. Lighten up people, remember its about alot more than just food and exercise.

  8. I cut my slices a little thicker unintentionally and had to bake them forever. But they came out great… just wished I had a larger batch! I do have a dehydrator, but like trying different recipes. Very good. Sprinkled cinnamon before putting them in the oven… I read the directions 10x and at the time, it didn’t mention where that comes in. Just used common sense. :)

  9. I as well couldn’t find when to add the ground cinnamon. The 2nd step included the cinnamon stick, not the ground cinnamon. I just figured you would add it just before putting them in the oven.

    1. Lindsey – It won’t dry it out as much, but you can try it. I’d maybe go buy one – even a super cheap one from goodwill would do.

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