Homemade Apple Chips are an easy, healthy snack that's ready in minutes! Made with fresh apple slices, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, then air-fried with coconut oil to crisp perfection, they're perfect for after-school snacks or lunch boxes!
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These crispy Apple Chips are the perfect alternative to mindless unhealthy snacking—they're super delicious AND healthy! They're a great way to use up excess apples after apple picking in apple season, and they're versatile too.
Enjoy them on their own for a bit of an energy boost or kid-friendly snack, or make them for a sweet snack with a fruit salsa.
What You'll Need
Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Apples - My favorite apples for these crispy chips are Gala apples, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- Cinnamon & Nutmeg - Ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg are classic spices for that amazing fall flavor that works so well with apples.
- Oil - You can use any kind of full-fat cooking oil here, but I love making this apple chip recipe with coconut oil.
How to Make This Recipe
- Prepare and slice apples. Wash the apples and remove the stems. With a mandolin set to 3mm or a very sharp knife, slice the apples into round chips leaving the skin on. Remove the seeds. Make sure to follow safety guidelines with your mandolin.
- Add oil. Toss the sliced apples with the coconut oil.
- Add spices. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the apple slices, and toss them until they're evenly coated.
- Place in the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 300°F. Place the prepared apple slices in the air fryer basket, in a single layer.
- Cook. Cook for 6–8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Continue in batches until you are done with all of the apple slices. Remove the apple chips from the Air Fryer and set them on a wire rack. They will continue to crisp up as they sit. If any slices still feel damp or squishy, leave them in the air fryer for another 2 minutes.
How do I store cinnamon apple chips?
Once the apple chips have fully cooled to room temperature, you can store them in an airtight container or zip loc bag to keep them fresh. They'll stay crispy for a few days, but they're best eaten within the first day or two.
Tips for Success
- Use a mandolin. A mandoline slicer is a faster and more efficient tool than a knife for slicing apples into very thin slices. It will also ensure your slices are the same thickness, which will help them cook evenly.
- Coring apples. Remove the seeds, or the core, from the apple slices easily with a small metal object like the round end of a piping tip.
How do I serve Homemade Apple Chips?
Serve your apple chips in a bowl with a glass of milk for a great after-school snack, or in place of potato chips for lunch!
Substitutions and Variations
- Make them sweeter. As apples have a natural sweetness, you don't need any added sugar here. If you're making these apple chips for a snacking dessert, you can add the extra sugar to satisfy that sweet tooth! A pinch of brown sugar over the tops will make them even more indulgent.
- Try other types of apples. Use whichever kind of apples you prefer. Pink Lady, Fuji, and Honeycrisp apples have a sweeter flavor than other kinds. Tart apples like Granny Smith would also work well, especially if you're planning to add sugar. Softer varieties like McIntosh apples won't hold their shape as well, so try to avoid these.
- Use other spices. Try other spices or flavors with these apple chips to suit your preference. Add some ginger or cardamom for a different flavor profile.
More Fresh Apple Recipes You’ll Love
- German Apple Pancakes with Cider Syrup
- Homemade Apple Fritters
- German Apple Cake with Streusel Topping
- Apple Crumble Pie Recipe
- Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings
- Apple Pie Ice Cream
- Easy Cranberry Apple Pie
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Homemade Apple Chips
- 2 gala apples
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1½ teaspoons coconut oil, melted
- Wash the apples and remove the stem. With a mandolin set to 3mm or a very sharp knife, slice the apples into round chips leaving the skin on. Remove the seeds. Make sure to follow safety guidelines with your mandolin.
- Toss the apples with the coconut oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg until evenly coated in a medium bowl or large plate. (Whatever is easier for you to turn the apple slices.)
- Preheat the air-fryer to 300F. Place prepared apple slices in the air-fryer basket, in a single layer. Cook for 6 - 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Continue in batches until you are done with all of the apple slices.
- Remove apple chips from the Air Fryer and set them onto a cooling rack. They will continue to crisp up as they sit. If any feel damp or still squishy, leave those in the air fryer for another 2 minutes.
- When you place the slices in the air fryer you can have them overlapping but ensure they are not placed on top of each other.
- You will get around 20 - 30 slices from each of the apples. Just keep in mind that it depends on the apple's original size.