Cinnamon or Fruity Apple Chips

It's the time of year when I am preserving apples in a variety of ways. One of my favorite's is to make dehydrated apple chips.
I uses them mostly in my homemade oatmeal packets . It really helps me bump up the nutrition factor! They can be snacked on directly too! Or even tossed onto a nice green salad with some chopped nuts, for a lightly sweet twist!
Don't have a dehydrator? I'll give you oven directions too!

Lemon Juice or Fruit Fresh
Optional: Cinnamon, Jello powder (strawberry,orange, lime)

Dehydrator or baking sheets lined with parchment paper


Prepare a bowl with lemon juice or water mixed with fruit fresh. (according to package directions)

Peel and core Apples. (I left the peels on but feel free to peel them). I have a fancy peeler corer combo but was too lazy to pull it out.)

Slice apples as evenly as possible.

As you work, soak apple slices in bowl of lemon juice or fruit fresh:

Remove apples from soak and blot dry on a towel.
Sprinkle with cinnamon or for fruity apple chips use any flavor Jello Powder if desired and place on drying rack.

Jan's Tip: The Strawberry, Orange or Lime jello works best and just looks the prettiest!

Dry apples 8-12 hours depending on dryer. If your dryer has a thermostat set it at about 130 °.
at about 4-6 hours flip the apples over. (not necessary so if you miss this step all is not lost!)
You are looking for dry enough to snap when you bend it.
Store in cool dry place.

Bake at 170 ° for 6-8 hours. Till dry and crispy. Turn oven off and leave apples in oven till it is completely cool. Remove from trays and store in cool, dry place.


  1. Awesome tutorial. I just got a ton of pears for a good deal and I tried to oven dry them but they came out a tad bit over done. I didn't presoak mine, though, so maybe that step is the magic step I missed.

    1. Oven drying is a bit harder, due to the fact that even the lowest temperature can be too hot sometimes. My oven doesn't even go down as low as this recipe calls for. So when I've tried it in the oven, I've had to turn my oven off even earlier than the recipe says, so they don't end up baking.
      I'd love to hear how it goes!
      Best of luck!

  2. I just bought myself a dehydrator not that long ago and have yet to use it. A friend of mine let me have all the apples on his two trees this year so this is a perfect addition to what I already do with the apples. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    1. Good luck on your new adventures with the dehydrator. I love mine and use it all the time.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love dried apple slices, especially with cinnamon and sugar. I will have to try the fruity recipe, thanks for sharing. cass-eats.blogspot.com

  4. Thank you for adding the oven tips! I don't have a dehydrator yet but would LOVE to make these! I am a new follower from the Green Living Bloghop and can't wait for more of your tips!

    Heather May


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