Posted by aimee on Friday, October 22nd, 2010
I knew right away that the apple chips would be a perfect backpacking food. They’re super lightweight and can be savory or sweet, depending on how you season them. They’re sometimes crunchy and sometimes chewy, depending on the thickness of your apple slices and the humidity of the day. Any way you make them, they’re healthy and delicious.
Early in the week, I made three varieties—cinnamon sugar, maple, and olive oil with salt. Though good, cinnamon sugar was surprisingly my least favorite. Both the maple and olive oil with salt were great—so great that I couldn’t decide which I liked better. So for my fourth round of apple chip baking, I decided to combine the two and make them with maple syrup, olive oil, and salt. We had a winner. The only trick to making them is to slice your apples as thin as you can. I don’t have a mandoline, but you should use one if you do.
Maple Olive Oil Apple Chips
YIELD: Varies, depending on the size of your apples
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 1/2-2 hours
ACTIVITY GUIDE: Backpacking, Bike Touring, Car Camping, Day Trip, Picnic
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
Parchment paper, silicone baking mat, or cooking spray
Sharp knife or mandoline
Large mixing bowl
Preheat oven to 250°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, a silicone baking mat, or coat them with cooking spray.
Combine maple syrup, olive oil, and salt in a large bowl.
Thinly slice the apples and place them in the bowl with the maple syrup mixture. Toss to coat the apple slices. Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on the baking sheets.
Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the apples dry out. Store the apple chips in an airtight container.