AIR FRYER APPLE CHIPS are great because they are both delicious and nutritious! Instead of dehydrating for hours, with this recipe, we are done cooking in 10 minutes!
Our kiddos love dehydrated and freeze dried fruit – probably even more than the fresh stuff! And I can’t blame them…these apple chips are almost like eating potato chips. Especially since once you start munching, it’s really hard to stop! 😉
Rather than buying the bags of apple chips at the store, we set out to make them in MINUTES using the air fryer at home.
Much more economical and oh so easy. Love recipes like this!
Ingredients & Tools:
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Apples – While just about any variety of apple will work here, we’re partial to Honeycrisp apples. They are easy to find, have a great texture, and are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. You can use pretty much any apple in your grocery store though. You need to wash your apples well as you will not be peeling them for this recipe!
Tools Needed: The key to a good apple chip is a nice, thin slice of apple. I used a very sharp knife to do the job and it worked well for me, but you’ll need a steady hand to get even cuts. If you are lucky enough to have a mandoline, this is a perfect job for that tool! A mandoline is excellent for cutting all kinds of things, like perfectly thin potatoes for potatoes au gratin, shredding things like cabbage or even carrots, and many of them will even grate cheese quickly.
How to make:
Prepare the apples – Wash your apples and remove the core or just plan to pop out the seeds and leave the core in (we don’t mind the core in thin bits here). Then slice them as thinly as you are comfortable with keeping them at or under 1/8 inch if at all possible. Then toss them in a bowl with cinnamon and salt to coat.
Cook the apples– Spritz your air fryer or brush on oil to the basket. Place your slices in the basket in a single even layer, work in batches if necessary. Cook at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes. You need to flip these every 3 minutes to keep them crisp and prevent browning.
They will be a little soft when you first remove them, they will crisp up a bit while they are cooling.
As is! There is no reason to do anything different. You can however serve them in a snack mix, with some vanilla ice cream, or with a caramel dip.
Keep them at room temp in an air-tight container. They should stay last for about a week.
We suggest Honeycrisp as they are very easy to find and have the perfect texture and sweet flavor for apple chips. You can use gala, Fuji, Braeburn, or granny smith apples also.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
Our apple chips come out crispy on the edges and just a little soft in the center. This is our favorite texture for dried fruits. Some people like them crisp in the center as well. If this is you, then add an additional one minute of cooking time and continue to check the crispiness until it is to your liking. The chips may begin to brown just a little if you cook for too long.
If you are familiar with the caramel fruit dip from the grocery store, you may be interested in getting some for this recipe. It turns the snack into more of a dessert! You can also add 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar to the cinnamon before cooking to make these more dessert-like.
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Air Fryer Apple Chips
- 1 Honeycrisp apple
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Wash and core the apple.
- Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice the apples as thinly as possible.
- Toss the apple slices with the cinnamon and salt to coat.
- Spritz your air fryer basket with oil spray and place the apple slices in an even layer. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Cook at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, flipping the apple slices every 3 minutes.