Dried Apple Slices 

Get a headstart on healthy snacking with some Dried Apple Slices!

What makes these snacks special? Well, you can make them from all-natural, organic, and fresh apples. It’s absolutely amazing how easy it is to turn these juicy fruits into crispy and crunchy chips for snacking.

Of all the healthy recipes I make at home, it’s truly a family favorite. You can serve it to kids and adults to give them a wonderful time while caring for their health and satisfying their appetite.

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Never let your apples go to waste, and convert them into sweet, tropical, and fun snacks. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make this snack even without a dehydrator!

Nutrition

Aside from its fantastic flavor, the apple also boasts many nutrients that are good for your health. One apple contains a decent amount of carbs and fiber and is packed with minerals:

Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 21g
Protein: 1gFat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mg
Potassium: 161mgFiber: 4g
Sugar: 16gVitamin A: 81IU
Vitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 9mg
Iron: 1mg

How to Make Dried Apple Slices Without A Dehydrator

Have you ever wanted to make Dried Apple Slices but you don’t have a dehydrator? The good news is that you won’t need a dehydrator to make them because your oven can do the job for you.

This snack is truly a game-changer when it comes to healthy snacking!

Ingredients

The Dried Apple Slices recipe is certainly simple because you only need one ingredient to make it.

Gala apples

Get the best Dried Apple Slices with gala apples!

There are many apple variants you can use, but I love using gala apples because of their sweet and tarty flavor. They also have a naturally crisp and juicy quality that you can turn into crunchy snacks.

Apples also have a floral and fruity aroma that will remind you of a fun summer day. Even the red, pink, and yellow colors of the gala apples will keep you wanting more of these chips.

Health Benefits of Apples

  • They are also loaded with nutrients to boost your immunity and promote cancer prevention.
  • According to Everyday Health, apples are rich in fiber to help with your digestion and metabolism.
  • Adding apples to your diet will give you a healthy gut too.
  • Healthline suggests that apples can help with weight loss because of how filling they can be.
  • These fruits can also regulate your cholesterol levels for a healthy heart.

You can truly do so much with apples. Aside from eating them fresh, you can turn them into drinks or dishes to release their excellent flavor and quality. Here are other apple recipes you can try out:

apple fruits

You can enjoy eating the apples raw, but you can also use them for baking and steaming. With the many ways you can enjoy apples, you’ll never run out of ideas to make the most out of them!

Directions

How can you make Dried Apple Slices without a dehydrator?

  1. Rinse the apples.
  2. Preheat the oven to 85°C for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Use an apple corer and slicer to core and chop the apples into thin pieces. 
  4. Place a grill mesh mat on the oven rack.
  5. Arrange the sliced apples on the grill mesh mat.
  6. Then, place the racks in the oven.
  7. Dehydrate it for two hours and thirty minutes at 85°C, depending on the quantity. 
  8. For the 1st hour, open the oven every 20 minutes. In the 2nd hour, keep it closed to dehydrate fully. 
  9. Once crisp, remove them from heat.
  10. Leave them to cool for a minute for that extra crisp.
  11. Put the dried apple rings in a container or a bowl, and you can start snacking away! 

This snack recipe is so practical, affordable, and nutritious! You might even regret not making it. I bet you won’t be able to stop making these once you’ve tasted them! 

Tips

Buying apples

  • Apple Holler suggests buying apples that feel firm and heavy.
  • Check the apples for bruises or soft spots.
  • You should also smell a sweet fragrance near the steam of the apples.

Storing apples

  • Keep the apples at room temperature to eat within three days.
  • According to Eating Well, put the apples in a mesh bag and store them in the fridge for a few weeks.
  • Once sliced, toss the apples in lemon juice and refrigerate for two days.

Preparing apples

  1. Core the apple using a knife or apple corer and slicer.
  2. Firmly hold the apple upright and slice through it and around the core.
  3. Then, pop the core out using your finger. 
  4. Position the cored apple horizontally and slice it as thinly as you can.
dried apple chips

Dried Apple Slices Variations

Dried Apple Slices are perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and lactose-intolerant foodies! You may use sugar, cinnamon, chili powder, or pumpkin spice to give it some flavor. 

Aside from gala apples, Sonja and Alex Overhiser from A Couple Cooks also suggest using Fuji, Honey Crisp, and Granny Smith apples for this recipe. 

For more dried fruit recipes, you can also try cherries, grapes, bananas, figs, berries, dates, pears, plums, and so much more.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH DRIED APPLE SLICES

I love using fruits for homemade sauces and condiments. Aside from these dried apple slices for snacks, you can also make raisins from grapes and chili flakes from spicy peppers!

How to Sun-Dry Apple Slices

Even without an oven, you can still make your dried apple chips!

  1. Put a wire rack over a tray.
  2. Arrange the slices on top and cover them with a cheesecloth.
  3. Place it under the sun and let it dry for at least two days. 

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How to Use and Serve Dried Apple Chips

Once you have the Dried Apple Slices, you can use and serve them however you like!

Dried Apple Slices are perfect for snacks – they’re crunchy, crisp, and sweet. You can also add them to granola, muesli, mixed fruits, bread, cakes, puddings, cookies, desserts, muffins, and other baked recipes.

You can keep them near your bedside for easy access. Alternatively, pack them in resealable bags or containers to eat at work or after a workout. Serve them during parties and lunches with family and friends! 

Since these are dehydrated apples, you can consume up to two cups of chips daily. Complete your meal with delicious and healthy Apple Juice!

Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Put the dried apple slices in containers to last up to three months at room temperature.

make ahead

In the fridge: Use a glass jar or resealable bag to refrigerate the slices for up to six months. 

To freeze: Store them in freezer bags to last up to a whole year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dried apple slices good for you? 

Yes, they are, especially if you compare them to the common processed snacks sold in grocery stores. By substituting these for salty snacks, you are actually saving yourself from added sugar, salt, preservatives, and additives! 

healthy Tip!

This snack can help you reduce bad cholesterol levels, improve memory, regulate blood pressure and sugar levels, improve skin condition, boost immunity, and enhance digestion.

What is the best way to dry apple slices?

The best and most accessible way to dry apples is by using an oven or a dehydrator. They can also be sun-dried, but sun-drying can take up to several days.

How long do dried apple slices last?

Dried apple slices can last up to six months in the fridge and up to a year in the freezer. You can also keep them at room temperature for several months.

Are dried and dehydrated apples the same?

Yes, dried and dehydrated apples are basically the same. You can dry or dehydrate these fruits in a dehydrator, oven, or even under the sun.

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Dried Apple Slices (VIDEO)

5 from 1 vote
Extra crispy Dried Apple Slices that you can make in your oven. This recipe is worth trying! You won’t have to feel guilty about snacking again.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 9
Course Fruits, Snack
Cuisine American, Asia
Calories 243kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 900 g gala apples (6 medium-sized)

Instructions
 

Prepare the apples. 

  • Rinse the apples to get rid of chemicals.
  • While letting them dry, preheat the oven to 85°C for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once dry, slice the apples into thin pieces with a slicer or a knife. 

Arrange the slices.

  • Place a grill mesh mat on the oven rack.
    Distribute the sliced apples on the grill mesh mat.
  • Place the racks in the oven.
    Dehydrate it for 2 and ½ hours, depending on the quantity. 
  • The more slices you dry, the longer it will take.  

Bake the apple slices.

  • Set the oven to 85°C to dry the apples.
    For the 1st hour, open the oven every 20 minutes.
    In the 2nd hour, keep it closed to dehydrate fully. 
  • Once crisp, remove them from heat and leave them to cool for a minute for that extra crisp.
  • Put the dried apple slices in an airtight container or a bowl, and you can start snacking away.
    Happy healthy snacking!

Video

Notes

  • Purchase the best apples and preserve them properly.
  • If you don’t have an oven (or dehydrator or air fryer), let them dry under the sun for at least 2 days.
  • Note that these chips are not recommended for babies.
  • The more apple slices you dry, the longer it will take.
  • After letting the dried apple slices cool, fold one piece in half. If the ends did not stick together, they are fully dry. In case the edges are still sticky, pop them in the oven to dehydrate more. Crunchy dehydrated chips will break quite easily.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 9)Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 87mgPotassium: 450mgFiber: 9gSugar: 57gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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