Apple chips are thinly sliced apples that are lightly sprinkled with cinnamon, then baked until pleasantly crisp. Healthy homemade apple chips are a remarkably addictive snack. Unlike their store-bought counterparts, however, this apple chips recipe uses no sugar and the chips are baked, not fried. This is healthy snacking at its finest!

Crispy Baked Apple Chips stacked beside fresh apples and cinnamon sticks

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These chips are a hover situation.

As in, I’m going hover in the kitchen, hover over the container, and hover anywhere else where I can feasibly sneak another little handful before someone else beats me to it.

Because these baked cinnamon apple chips are a healthy snack, you can hover to your heart’s content.

Healthy Baked Apple Chips sprinkled with cinnamon on parchment paper

5 Star Review

“These were absolutely wonderful. Turned out perfect the first time. I can’t believe how easy the recipe is. You must try this.”

— Mike —

About These Apple Chips

My first experience with homemade apple chips was elementary school, when my dad purchased a food dehydrator and decided that we were going to dry everything.

At one point, we had such a backup of assorted dried fruit and jerky that we probably could have hiked the Appalachian Trail.

While I don’t plan on purchasing a food dehydrator myself anytime soon, I still love apple chips and, fortunately, they are easy to bake in the oven.

In fact, I’d argue that baked apple chips taste even better than the machine-dehydrated ones because:

  • You can make them truly crisp, versus chewy, similar to ones you’d find in a shiny bag.
  • They don’t require an extra piece of bulky kitchen equipment that takes up precious counter space.
6 fresh Gala apples on a clean, white kitchen towel

While I baked these often when Ben was in law school, I hadn’t busted out a batch in years.

After bringing home a particularly large apple haul from my local Wisconsin grocery store, however, I decided to refresh my memory and try making them once more.

They were outstanding! Dear Apple Chips, I won’t forget you again.

How to Make Apple Chips

These do take a while to bake (2 to 3 hours of low and slow), but I promise your house will smell magnificent by the end. Your cinnamon baked apple chips will be crispy, and after one bite, you’ll be hovering over the pan too!


Ingredients

  • Apples. Aside from being totally delicious, apples contain vital nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants that have been shown to boost heart, brain, and digestive health.

The Best Apple Varieties for Apple Chips

I used a mix of different Wisconsin apples, but any sweet-crisp apple will do nicely. Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp are four widely available ones, and if you are apple shopping in Wisconsin, look for Macouns, Cortlands, and heck, more Honeycrisps because ❤️?. (If you find yourself with a surplus of apples, check out my list of healthy apple recipes for inspiration.)

  • Cinnamon. An apple’s BFFE. You just cannot beat the aroma and flavor of cinnamon with apples.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Wash, core, and thinly slice apples.
Homemade baked apple chips shown before and after baking on parchment-lined baking sheets
  1. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake. The apples are ready when a single apple chip removed from the oven is crisp when set out at room temperature for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Turn off the oven and let the apples cool in the oven for 1 hour. ENJOY!
Baked Apple Chips sprinkled with cinnamon on parchment paper

Like the Slow Cooker Apple Butter I shared a few weeks ago, once you see how easy and deliciously rewarding it is to make homemade apple chips from scratch, you’ll start to wonder why you haven’t been doing it this way all along.

Crispy Baked Apple Chips. Simple oven recipe with just cinnamon and apples, no sugar or dehydrator needed! Easy, healthy, and so much better than store bought. Kids love them and they are great for gifts and healthy snacks. Recipe at wellplated.com

Apple Chips

5 from 26 votes
Simple oven baked Apple Chips with cinnamon and no sugar! Crispy baked apple chips are a healthy snack, and much better than store bought.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 4 hrs

Servings: 3 cups, approx.

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large sweet crisp apples, such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jazz, or Pink Lady
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of your oven and preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  • Wash the apples. With an apple corer, very small cookie cutter, or the round side of a metal piping tip, core the apples (you can also skip this step if you don’t mind a few seeds in the chips). With a mandolin (recommended) or a very sharp knife, slice the apples horizontally into 1/8 inch-thick rounds.
  • Arrange the apples in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 1 hour in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Remove the baking sheets and switch the pans’ position on the upper and lower racks. Continue baking for 1 to 1 1/2 additional hours, until a single apple chip removed from the oven is crisp when set out at room temperature for 2 to 3 minutes (to test the apple chips, remove a single apple slice but let the others continue baking). Once you are happy with the crispness (the total time will vary based on the thickness of your slice and the type of apple), turn off the oven and let the apples sit in the oven for 1 hour as it cools down to crisp further (unless you fear you overcooked them, in which case remove the pan immediately and let it sit at room temperature).

Notes

  • Thin slices are best! If you slice the apples more than 1/8 inch thick, they will still be delicious, but they won’t be crisp.
  • The color of the final apple chip will vary based on the type of apple. Crisper apples tend to be lighter, while softer, sweeter apples tend to be darker.
  • The total cooking time will vary based upon the moisture content of your apples.
  • Store baked apple chips in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Favorite ways to enjoy these: Chopped and sprinkled over yogurt with granola, on top of salads, on top of oatmeal, and, of course, right out of the container!

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6), about 1/2 cupCalories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 11g

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  1. Super yummy! I did this recipe with honey crisp apples they turned out great! If you don’t have a mandolin slicer I recommend cutting the apple in half so you have a flat surface to stabilize while you cut! Definitely will be making these again and again!5 stars

  2. Bake apples in the microwave all the time. I’m going to try your Apple chips but I use apple pie spice in my baked apples and I think you apple chips will be great with apple pie spice too.

  3. First recipe from your page and everything is crisp as it should be.

    Love it when recipes works perfectly the 1st time, that’s how I know a honest recipe. I made 3 batches and now I have a sore neck. Anyone reading this plz don’t do 3 batch without a helping hand!! ; )5 stars

  4. These are delicious! I wanted to let you know that I linked to this recipe in my Toddler School post under “Apples” if you would like to share it. Thank you! https://amysenter.com/letter-a-week/5 stars

  5. I tried the recipe and loved how easy it was. BUT unfortunately the sliced would never get crisp!  I baked for a total of 3 hours!  Please advise. Thanks 

    1. Hi Maria, I’m sorry to hear that these didn’t turn out as crisp as you wanted. Were your slices 1/8-inch thick or less? The crispness can also differ based on the type of apple you used. I hope you were still able to enjoy them!

  6. Thank you. I was just diagnosed as prediabetic and I am trying to eliminate added sugar. This is the kind of snack I need, although in moderation.

  7. I’ve made these multiple times, the last time rather than just cinnamon are used a homemade apple pie spice. Both are amazing. Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Ela! You’ll cook them in the oven on baking sheets at 200 degrees for a total of about 2 to 2.5 hours. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  8. Worked great. Used a spiralizer attachment on my stand mixer to slice the apples. Used pie spice instead of cinnamon and just sprinkled it by eye, no measuring. I turned the slices at the one hour mark. Only thing: it took about 4 hours to make the crisps and about 4 minutes to devour every single one! Making more now. :)5 stars

  9. These were absolutely wonderful. Turned out perfect the first time. I can’t believe how easy the recipe is. You must try this.5 stars

  10. Oh my gosh! When I saw this recipe I just had to try it. They were so delicious and were gobbled up by my family in seconds. I turned around and made another batch right away. Thank you for a great tasting and easy recipe.5 stars

  11. These were great! Very crisp and yummy! I used my mandolin to slice very thin. My gluten free daughter loved a crisp naturally gluten free item! Thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Deborah! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  12. Love these apple chips my and my teen are trying to be healthier and we love these and she dose not really like fruits or vegetables5 stars

  13. Question- Erin, can these be frozen? Thinking if I’m the only person eating them, I wouldn’t want to eat the whole batch in a week. Would be great if I could just pull some out of the freezer when I want a quick snack.

    1. Hi Joan! I’ve never tried to freeze these before, so I wouldn’t be able to say. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

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