Admittedly, a lot of the recipes I put on my blog are not the most simple of sorts. They have a lot of ingredients and if you don’t already love to cook, the multitude of steps might scare you off before you even try. This recipe for Baked Apple Chips with Cinnamon is truly E-A-S-Y. It’s just two simple ingredients and requires nothing more than a knife, oven and cookie sheet. If you have a mandoline (not to be confused with the mandolin), it’ll make your life even easier!
Having recently started my Sports Nutrition and Performance degree, you know I have to drop some nutrition knowledge on my readers. To start with, apples–a superfood–are rich in a phytochemical called quercetin. Quercetin is a proven cancer preventative. Be sure to leave the skin on because the highest concentration of this good stuff is found right up under and within the skin. Apples are also a great source of dietary fiber and boron, a mineral that may reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis and help decrease joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
Believe it or not, the real nutritional rock star of this combo might just be the cinnamon. If apples are a superfood, cinnamon is definitely a super-spice. First off, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. Little know fact, cinnamon helps fight against bacteria that can lead to yeast infections and ulcers. Cinnamon has also been found to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and may be effective against diabetes because it helps control glucose levels in the blood. Finally, cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant and interacts with proteins that regulate growth-promoting signals, thereby suppressing the growth of tumor cells. In a nutshell, it’s one hell of a natural remedy for a lot of degenerative diseases we all want to avoid.
What You’ll Need:
- 3 small or 2 large apples, cored and thinly sliced (I like Honey Crisps, sweet and tangy!)
- Cinnamon to taste
How to Make Them:
- Preheat oven to 250 °F
- Use a mandolin to slice your apples 1/8″ thick (or do it the good old fashioned way with a knife)
- Using a nonstick cookie sheet (or lining a regular cookie sheet with parchment paper), lay out your apple slices
- Sprinkle with cinnamon
- Bake at 250 °F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (depending on the oven). After 45 min to an hour, flip them so they’ll bake evenly. Be sure to check on them after 45 min and every 15 min after that because you don’t want to burn them
- Once they’re slightly crispy to the touch (but not burnt and brittle) remove them from the oven and allow to cool
The best part about this recipe? It’ll make your kitchen smell like warm apple pie…mmmm.