Fall is apple season, and there are many places where you can pick your own apples or festivals where you can get fresh apples. Even if you don’t have the time to get out to any apple events, you can still enjoy this fall favorite with this fun and easy recipe you can make at home. Try making these Apple Chips with your kids for a fun activity that you can eat!
You will need:
• Your favorite apple spices (think cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger)
First, preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Then, have your kids help wash the apples.
Once they’re washed, use an apple corer (if you have one) to remove the core of the apple. Next, slice apples thinly (a mandolin works well for this step, if you have one). Then, place apple slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Next, fix together your favorite spices. (Try 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp each of nutmeg, clove, allspice and ginger.) Also, why not allow your kids to use their fingers to sprinkle spices onto each apple slice? They’ll love it!
Bake apples for 1 1/2 hours, remove from oven and carefully flip each apple slice.
Again, sprinkle each apple with spices like before. (If you let your kids assist here, watch out for the hot baking sheet. This might be a step best left to mom or dad.)
Then, put apples back in the oven for another hour and then turn the oven off, leaving the apples in the oven as it cools.
Next, store apple chips in an airtight container for up to one week.
Pack these in sandwich bags and take them with you when you go outside to walk around and see all the fall colors as you snack. You can talk with your kids about the changing leaves, the different colors they see and how apples grow on trees.
Finally, pat yourself on the back for having a fun, easy teaching moment with your kids. That’s what it’s all about!