Sometimes I struggle with what to snack on that’s healthy and travels well. As a rule of thumb, I try and make snacks revolve around fruits and vegetables. I would say that as of late, an apple with low-fat cheese or baby carrots are my go-to snacks. I am one of those weirdos that really likes baby carrots.
But I find that most people prefer fruit to snack on as vegetables are more easily incorporated as a side or component of many meals. Since forever, I have loved apples. Regardless of the season, they’re affordable…and the varieties are endless. Who would ever expect variations of the same fruit could have such different flavors?
Apples are awesome.
And I hear dehydrators are awesome, too. But I don’t have one of those, and I would venture to guess that most people are in that same dehydrator-less boat. Though here’s some great news — your oven can double as a dehydrator. Yep, that’s right. Purty cool, huh?
For the moment my apple and low-fat cheese snack has taken a back seat to apple chips. Sure, they take awhile but there’s really no babysitting required. Just pop them in and take them out many hours later. Very simple, really. Give’em a go…you’ll love’em! Plus, unlike most dried fruit, you’re adding NO additional calories or sugar 😀
Apple Chips inspired by and adapted from What Kelly Said
4 medium apples (I used Fuji)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups water
15 drops NuNaturals liquid Stevia, or other calorie-free sweetener of choice (optional)
Preheat oven to 170 F (this is as low as my oven went!).
Wash apples and slice to 1/6th inch on a mandoline (this was a “thin” slice on mine). Pick out any seeds from the cores and discard.
Mix 2 cups of water with the lemon juice and stir in any sweetened, if you choose to use any. Soak the apple slices in the lemon water for about 5 minutes and then blot dry with paper towels.
Line 4 baking sheets with parchment and layer the apple slices without overlapping. Bake for 6-8 hours or until desired doneness is reached (there is no right or wrong here). Yield: 4 servings (~16 slices each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 84 calories; 0.25 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 0.3 mg. sodium; 23.5 g. carbohydrate; 5.1 g. fiber; 1 g. protein
Result: We both LOVED these! I wish they didn’t take so long to make, even though they’re very simple. Such a healthy, fun treat…who knew making your own dried fruit was such a breeze? 🙂 Enjoy!