Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting near the fire pit on a warm fall day, sipping a hot cocoa and smelling the crisp, fresh air. As you sit there, relaxing and enjoying the scenery, you get a hankering for a snack. We have the perfect antidote: cinnamon sweet apple crisps. Rather than spend $4.00 a bag on the processed version, we have figured out how to make them yourself from the apples you picked on your visit to the apple orchard (or the ones you bought at the market). Since We are fantasizing here, indulge us and play along...These apple crisps are healthy and super great tasting. The best part about them is there are no artificial ingredients or preservatives-- just apples, cinnamon, and a little bit of sugar. The only issue with this recipe is that these apples must spend quality time in the oven (3 hours) at a relatively low temperature in order to maximize their flavor and crispy consistency. We like to slice the apples and get them in the oven early on a weekend morning, set the timer, and then go about our household chores. The smell of these apples baking in the oven is incredible, and the wait is well worth it.
Homemade apple crisps are a great snack to have around when the kids get home from school, complaining about how hungry they are. This snack is a naturally sweet, guilt-free alternative to cookies or potato chips. When we make a batch, we make as many as possible, as they tend to disappear quickly. These can also be a wonderful topping for salads (like our Sweet and Tangy Spring Salad). They add a little sweetness and give a salad that crunch you crave. Make them for your friends and family!!
A healthy and crispy all-natural snack
- 4 large apples
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- Cooking spray
- Wash and remove stem from apples
- Slice apples with apples lying on the side, about ⅛ inch thick (you remove the seeds as you slice the apple, no need to core the apple).
- Arrange apple slices in a single layer on cookie sheets sprayed with a light coating of cooking spray.
- Sprinkle lightly with sugar and cinnamon.
- Place in oven set at 225 degrees for 1 ½ hours.
- Flip apples over and sprinkle other side with sugar and cinnamon.
- Return to oven and continue to cook for an additional 1 ½ hours.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Enjoy as a snack or as a topping on a salad.