Maple Cinnamon Apple Chips

Today I’m packing up the family for two nights in a secluded cabin in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Friends of ours have a cottage in the woods, and we’re slipping away to join them over the weekend.

The maple and oak trees have started to don their fall foliage, and the weather is much cooler. This is our favourite time of the year to hike and immerse ourselves in the forest.

We won’t quite be camping, but I’ll be doing some cooking over an open fire, and am adapting our meals for a simple, outdoor setting. I want to relax on this little getaway, which means plenty of food prep in advance. Today’s maple-sweetened, cinnamon-spiced apple chips are part of that plan.

Simple Bites camping foods

I’ve already shared the best camping foods, but here are a few more goodies we like to have packed for a cabin weekend, as pictured above:

Great coffee (we use an Aeropress), tea and hot chocolate. A good grain salad like this kale tabbouleh. Homemade marshmallows (from my cookbook). Pumpkin spice granola. A few bottles of homemade cider. A big pot of maple pumpkin chili (also from my cookbook). Cookies! Pancake mix, syrup, and our own eggs. Peanut butter & jelly for sandwiches. Dill pickles.

On the drive to the townships, we’ll pick up sausages to roast over the fire and vegetables from a road-side farm stand. And for snacking while we are hiking – a mound of homemade maple-cinnamon apple chips.

Maple-Sweetened Apple Chips || Simple Bites

Both my kids and I are hooked on homemade apple chips. They’re the perfect grab-and-go snack – for the car ride to the country or the forest hikes once we arrive. You can bake the apple slices until they are crisp, or leave them slightly chewy – either way I’m sure you’ll love them as much as we do.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Maple Cinnamon Apple Chips
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Serves/Yield: 30 chips
A seasonal snack that the whole family can make together.
Ingredients
  • 3 large apples, Gala, Granny Smith, Macintosh or Honeycrisp
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200F. Wash and core the apples using an apple corer.
  2. Slice off a 1/4″ of the top and bottom of the apple and discard. Slice the remaining apple using a mandolin set to 1/8″ thick.
  3. Spread the apple rings out onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. You can place them close together, but try to avoid overlapping the rings.
  4. Mix together maple syrup and cinnamon in a small ramekin or bowl. Using a pastry brush, coat apple slices lightly with maple syrup mixture. Place baking sheets in oven.
  5. Bake for approximately 2 hours, rotating once or twice. Start checking on them after one hour. Baking time will vary with apple varieties, thickness of slices, and position in the oven. They may be slightly pliable when they come out of the oven, but will crisp up when cool.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
Notes
A mandolin slicer makes quick work of slicing the apples, but is a job ONLY for an adult. Let the kids use the pastry brush and glaze the apples with maple syrup.

Hey, Montreal readers! I’m teaching a cooking class and cooking you dinner on Monday night at Appetite for Books in Montreal. A couple of spots just opened up from an otherwise sold out event. If you feel like hanging out in a relaxed setting, chatting about cooking and eating the four courses I will be cooking, why not join us? Call 514-369-2002 to register. The event includes a personalized copy of my cookbook. Yeah!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. I hope you have a great trip 🙂 These look so good – I’m walking a part of the Camino in Spain in just a few weeks, and perhaps I should make a few of these in advance and bring with me!

    Love, Emma
    http://www.martinyfood.com

  2. Wish I was in Montreal….so, I’m thinking I could just pop some pumpkin purée into the usual granola recipe rather than applesauce. Would that work?

  3. Do you brush the apple slices on both sides? And when you mention rotating, is it the apple slices themselves or just the baking sheets that are rotated? Can’t wait to try these!

  4. These chips look amazing! Gonna try it today

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