This time of year, when sweets and treats are everywhere, have some natural sugar ready to crunch instead. Try these homemade apple and pear crisps, or chips, for a fresh, fun, and fat-free bite.
Cinnamon Apple Chips from PopSugar
4 Granny Smith apples
2 lemons, juiced
Cinnamon, for sprinkling
1. Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Carefully slice the apples into 1/8-inch pieces, keeping the cores intact but removing any seeds of the apples using the tip of a knife. Immediately dip both sides of the apple slices in the lemon juice, then transfer to the baking sheets. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon.
3. Bake until apples are completely dehydrated and crunchy, flipping every hour. This can take 3-4 hours, depending on how thick the apples are cut.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional info: Calories 80 | Fat 0g | Protein 0g | Carbs 22g | Sugar 17g
Nutritional information is provided by MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator.
Pear Crisps from The Washington Post
3 medium-to-large firm (unpeeled) pears, any variety, stemmed
1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Use a chef’s knife or a mandoline to slice the pears very thinly lengthwise, discarding (or eating) the very end slices. Include slices that have some core; just cut out the seeds and the tough center part.
3. Arrange the slices in a single layer on the baking sheets; bake for 1 1/2 hours, then use tongs to turn the slices over. Bake until the pears are dried and slightly darkened and the edges have curled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours more (for a total of 2 1/2 to 3 hours). They will still be pliable when they are done but will crisp further as they cool.
4. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before serving or storing.
Makes 6 servings.
Nutritional info: Calories 100 | Fat 0g | Protein 0g | Carbs 24g | Sugar 15g
Nutritional information provided by The Washington Post.
Have you made fruit chips and crisps before? Share your favorite method in the comments below!
– Team FitStar