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Rachel Cooks – A great healthy snack for all ages!

Rachel, food blogger from Rachel Cooks, tries healthy Ginger Cinnamon Apple Chips with Michigan Apples

I’m always on the search for healthy snacks that the kids, my husband and I can enjoy. Bonus points if said snack is easy to prepare. Huge bonus points. As a mom of two toddlers, quick snacks are a must. These ginger cinnamon apple chips fit the description of healthy, delicious and easy to make. They do take some time to bake and transform into chips but almost all of the time is hands-off.

All you need to do with these chips is slice them super thinly (use a mandoline if you have one). No need to even core them – just grab the seeds out after you slice the apples. If you don’t have a mandoline, you’ll want to slice them as thin as possible. If you don’t have a mandoline, you might want to core the apples so you don’t get of the tough areas surrounding the seeds.

You’ll want a firm apple for these chips – Jonagolds were great – perfect texture and full of flavor.

Lay the apple slices out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with ground ginger and ground cinnamon. Bake at a low temperature for an hour, flip, and bake for another hour. Once they have cooled completely, you’re left with crispy apple chips full of great flavors from the apples themselves plus the cinnamon and ginger. They keep great for at least a week in an airtight container.

Baked Apple Chips

makes about 20 chips
serves 1-2 people
1 Michigan Jonagold apple
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Using a mandolin, slice apples very thinly. Core if desired prior to slicing. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spread out the apple slices in a single layer. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and ginger. Sprinkle the apple slices lightly with cinnamon and ginger mixture. Bake for one hour, flip apple slices over, and continue to bake for another hour. Turn off oven and let slices cool in the oven for about an hour before removing from the oven.

Store in an airtight container.

Verdict: Loved these addictive chips!

Husband’s take: He loves these chips – maybe even more so than me.

Changes I would make: Non are necessary, but if you don’t like cinnamon or ginger, feel free to leave either out. The apples themselves have plenty of flavor.

Difficulty: Easy.

Rachel Gurk is the creator and author of Rachel Cooks, a food blog that features healthy, delicious recipes that will please the whole family and are easy to prepare. Rachel Cooks has been featured on sites including The Huffington Post, Parents.com, Saveur and The Cooking Channel. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband, son and daughter.