May 29

Cinnamon Apple Chips

I heart dessert. A lot.

Unfortunately, I came to the realization long ago that dessert does not love me back. It was a rough breakup.

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In addition to dessert *typically* not being great for one’s figure, all of the dairy/gluten/processed sugar that comes along with it would make me feel like crap afterwards.

Luckily, I figured out that when I wanted dessert at the end of the night after dinner, it was typically just because I was looking for that signal of “the day is over, time to relax.” I tried swapping in some caffeine free, Christmas-spiced tea at the end of each day.  It totally broke my insane craving for dessert every night.

BUT! If you want dessert (or just a great snack), I have a great alternative for you with this quick, easy dried fruit recipe.

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Anything with cinnamon. I want it.

 

Dried fruit is available to buy in stores, but normally has a lot of added sugar and other additives. Not worth it.

Summer time is here, so let’s take advantage of all of the gorgeous summer fruits we have to choose from in the stores and farmers markets! I used apples today, but I can’t wait to try this with peaches, apricots, and more.

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Thank you, WF coupon book.

 

I actually found this recipe initially in one of the Whole Foods coupon books that you can grab at the register. It got my wheels turning, so I used apples and then added my favorite spices – Cinnamon and the Hawaj Coffee spice from Whole Spice in Napa Valley.

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This coffee spice…there are no words. Just buy it.

 

CINNAMON APPLE CHIPS

INGREDIENTS:

Green Apples (as many as you want, any variety will really work)

Cinnamon

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Green apples are my favorite – and they also have the least amount of natural sugar.

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2.  Slice your apples in half moons. You’ll want them on the thinner side, but more important than how thick or thin is that they are all relatively the same thickness. So pay attention.

3.  Lay your apple slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (for easy clean up).

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This was one apple’s worth of slices. Make as many as you want!

 

4.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the apple slices.  You can also get creative here with your spices and add some nutmeg (yum, Christmas), coconut sugar, or anything else you might want to try.

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The top and bottom layers are cinnamon – the middle is the Coffee Spice Blend.

 

5.  Bake at 200 degrees for about 3 hours, flipping the slices once or twice during the 3 hours.  Yes, that’s a long time, but I went ahead and left my house. Eek. Don’t tell the fire department.

6. ENJOY!

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Crushed it.