Frugal Healthy Recipe: Baked Apple Chips

Contributed By Marissa Bognanno, Author of The Boot Blog

Though I try to follow the Italian rules of staying slim, number 1, the one about not snacking, is the hardest for me. I can’t help it, I’m just an American snacker at heart! Favorite snacks include: apple slices with a splash of lemon (try it, it’s so very good) these Italian fiber-liscious cookies, oats and raisins and cinnamon all mixed up in a little bowl, my favorite popcorn, and more. As you can see, I try to at least keep the snack attacks healthy.

As of late, when I feel that craving coming on at around 11 am, 4 pm and long after dinner, I reach for these baked apple chips. And, wow, I never would have thought they would be so satisfying. It's like that hour in the oven while they're drying up, all of that gorgeous apple flavor gets concentrated into the chip. The crispy, sweet edges are bliss, and I think I need to just go to the kitchen for a second and bring a little plate of them over here right now...

Baked Apple Chips
2 apples (makes about 30 chips)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Slice the apples into uniform circles using a knife or a mandoline. Cut out the parts of the core from the centers. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake for 30 minutes (20 if they're already starting to brown) and flip over. Bake for another 30 (or 20 if they're thin and browning) on the other side.
 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways chips.

If you can resist the moments to snack, I applaud you. If, though, you're like me, consider these chips my healthy-but-awesome-snacking gift to you. 

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