These turned out great! I love going to the fast casual restaurant, Panera, for healthy salads! Last time I really enjoyed the crispy apple chips on top. Later, I searched my grocery store and found 2 kinds that I immediately bought and brought home to try. Not only were they very expensive, but, I didn’t really care for the taste. Too artificial tasting. I prefer the ones at Panera that were more like potato chips, using apple slices instead of potatoes. After consulting other recipes for baked apple chips, I decided not to add any additional granulated sugar or cinnamon, but feel free to toss the chips in a large bowl with a tablespoon before baking, if desired. These are so simple and natural tasting with no additional sugar or artificial preservatives. You’ll immediately want to make more!
- 3 sml Gala apples (or Fuji, or other sweet, crisp apple variety) cored, and cut into ⅛th inch thin, horizontal (crosswise)rounds
- Pre-heat oven to 200F degrees.
- Prepare 2 rimmed baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
- Using a mandolin slicer or food processor cutting blade, cut apples into thin slices.
- Place evenly on the prepared baking sheets and cook for 1 ½ hours.
- Remove pans from oven, using a spatula or your fingers, carefully flip over apple rounds.
- Place back in the oven rotating position from front to back and top to bottom rack.
- Continue baking for 1 – 1 ½ hours until slices are ruffled; test crispiness by removing a chip, cooling for 3 minutes, and testing for desired result.
- If desired, turn off oven and leave trays in place for an extra hour, if desired.