Maple Apple Chips

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I spent Labor Day weekend in Vermont, enjoying the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. While there, I happened upon a farmers market that I obviously had to visit. I wasn’t planning on doing much cooking on my vacation, but I wanted to see what Vermont’s local food had to offer. I ended up buying one irresistible local product: Vermont maple syrup. I know this isn’t the healthiest of foods, but I think minor indulgences must be made on vacation. Also, being rather anxious for fall, I purchased some apples to bring on our hike. Upon my return to NY, the maple syrup and apples served as my inspiration for this snack. My Maple Apple Chips are a sweet and healthy option to bring to work, pack in your kid’s lunchbox, or even snack on during breakfast. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top and you will be tasting fall even though it’s still summer!

 

Makes 2-4 snack servings

IMG_2963Ingredients:

3 apples (I used Gala, but use whatever you like best)

¼ cup maple syrup

cooking spray

sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  • Cut apples into thin slices (about ½ inch thick as pictured below). Do NOT peel the apples, as the peel contains the majority of the nutrients.IMG_2966
  • Place cut apples into large mixing bowl and drizzle maple syrup on top. Mix together with a spatula or your hands to ensure that apples don’t break.
  • Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and spread apples onto baking sheet so that they don’t overlap too much. Two baking sheets may be required. Drizzle excess maple syrup onto apples.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on apples, if using. I used cinnamon on half the bunch.
  • Bake apples in the oven for 2 hours, flipping halfway through.
  • Apples should be crunchy when done. If they are not, cook for longer period of time, checking every 5-10 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  • Let apples cool before putting in Tupperware. If the apples aren’t completely cooled and crisped, they will get chewy in the Tupperware.

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Nutrition Notes:

  • One medium apple has 95 calories and 17% daily value of fiber. The fiber is in the skin, so be sure to eat the delicious peel!
  • One apple contains 15% daily value of Vitamin C to help fight off those change of season colds.
  • In the New York area, a wide variety of local apples are featured at almost every farmer’s market beginning in September. Buy locally sourced apples to reduce environmental waste and enjoy a fresh tasting apple.
  • Apples are high in phytonutrients, which have been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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