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The Easiest Cinnamon-Apple Chips Recipe and a Gift Idea

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips

Easy Cinnamon-Apple Chips: Organic, Homemade, and a Great Gift Idea

I fully intended to share these babies a week or more ago because they make a perfect end-of-year teacher gift. But summer is here already for my kids (and probably yours too) and my schedule has gone from having one to….basically none at all.

Thus, no post written…so better late than never. Here ya go.

I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but my husband seems to have an unnatural affinity for my Excalibur Dehydrator. He is always looking for excuses to use this baby.

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

When that thing comes out of the pantry I know that there are going to be some fun things emerging…and a lot of space getting taken up on my counter. But, he has gotten quite creative over the last couple of years and I have yet to share one of his masterpieces.

So, with Father’s Day approaching, I thought today would be a good day for me to give some kudos to one of the best hands-on, involved, and FUN dads I know…my hot husband.

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips

This guy can make a mean banana chip, a perfect fruit leather, drool-worthy raw power bars, and dried mangoes like nobody’s business.

But, today I’ll just brag about his insanely amazing Cinnamon Apple Chips.

I guess he’ll have to wait until next Father’s Day for me to boast about his lean mean grilling skills. I don’t want all of this praise to go to his head or anything. πŸ˜‰

These super Easy Cinnamon-Apple Chips use 2 ingredients…guess which two…. Yup. Cinnamon and Apples. That’s it.

The key to making these babies nice and perfectly crispy is by using a Mandoline Slicer on the 1/4 inch setting.

And I’m just going on record here to say that I think that the Mandoline is also the key to my husband’s love affair with this whole dehydrating process. The guy loves that handy gadget and looks for reasons to use it.

Easy Cinnamon Apple Chips

Oh, I’ll give him one more major credit today… Since some Dehydrators (like mine) do not have an automatic shut-off timer, it is a pain if you need to shut off your dehydrator in the middle of the night. My husband came up with the BRILLIANT idea of plugging the dehydrator in to an inexpensive lamp timer and then just setting it for the time he would want to shut it off. Problem solved. Works like a charm.

That idea alone deserves some major Father’s Day love!

This year, I decided to give these Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips to each of my boy’s teachers along with a little Amazon Gift Card. It seemed like a fitting gift and got rave reviews from everyone.

And since I did not get this post out before most of your kiddos were out of school, you can just tuck this little nugget of an idea in the back of your mind and pull it out next year when you are running around like crazy trying to come up with that perfect gift idea.

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

Easy Homemade Organic Cinnamon-Apple Chips

Makes enough for 8 small gift bags


  • 12 Organic Apples, such as Fuji, Pink Lady, or Braeburn
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


1. Wash and core the apples. Using a Mandoline, or a really good knife and a steady hand, cut the apple into 1/4 inch rings. Lay rings evenly on your dehydrator trays so they are not touching. Sprinkle apples evenly with cinnamon. Place trays in dehydrator.

2. Dry at 135 degrees F for about 7 – 8 hours, until desired crispness is reached. If your climate tends to be more humid, you can increase the time to about 9 hours.

Note 1: Some Dehydrators (like mine) do not have an automatic shut-off timer. If that is the case, just get an inexpensive lamp timer and plug the dehydrator into that and set it for the amount of time you need and then it will just shut off on it’s own.

Note 2: You can also make these in your oven. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees. Prepare as listed in Step 1 and then bake them for about 2 1/2 hours, flipping once half-way through.



Kim Maes - Allergy Free Food CoachKim Maes, CNC, AADP, known as the Allergy Free Food Coach, is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Certified in the Practical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines.. She is also the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps and the Cook It Allergy Free website, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy.

  1. On June 12, 2013 Carol said

    Can you send your hot hubby over here to make a bunch of snacks for me? Oh, and make sure he brings the dehydrator with him πŸ™‚

    Those look amazing and probably so much cheaper to make your own than the ones I buy.


    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Carol, I will send you my hubby only if your hubby sends YOU here so that we can have some fun together in the kitchen!! And yes, we compared the price of the organic ones I was buying already made and these are like 1/10 of the cost in the end… πŸ˜‰

  2. On June 12, 2013 Hallie @ Daily Bites said

    Love! I have yet to get a dehydrator, but daily I am finding more reasons to just suck it up and get one. These apple chips are today’s reason. πŸ™‚

    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Oh Hallie, knowing your creativity, I only can imagine the incredible things that would be coming out of your dehydrator!! You will have to get one one of these days! πŸ˜‰

  3. On June 12, 2013 Linda said

    Kim, I love how you highlighted your husband in this post! He sounds like a real keeper. πŸ™‚ Those apple chips look perfect! Sigh. No dehydrator or mandoline here. I’m still considering both and this post makes me want them.

    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Linda… He is a good guy. I got lucky. πŸ˜‰ I think you would love a dehydrator AND a mandolin. Both get a TON of use in our house!

  4. On June 12, 2013 Maggie said

    Oooh, I love a cute man in the kitchen πŸ˜‰ These look yummy Kim. Just put a mandolin and an inexpensive lamp timer on my wish list! I’ve been using the dehydrator a lot lately. It’s that time of year! xo

    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, I so hope that you get your wish list fulfilled!! You will LOVE using the mandolin for your dehydrating! It takes so much work out of trying to get all the produce the same thickness/thinness!! πŸ˜‰

  5. On June 12, 2013 Jeannie Wilson said

    Of course you know how wonderful I think your hubby is. Since I have tasted his delectable treats, I can attest that they are the very best I have ever had!! Kurt is so cute because he just gets a whim to make something, and before you know it he has the counter going crazy with yummie treats that we all LOVE! He is the BEST EVER. Little Momma

    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      I think you are his biggest fan, Mom… and I do agree..he is the BEST EVER. πŸ˜‰ I’m lucky.

  6. On June 12, 2013 Shirley @ gfe & AGFD said

    Yay for Kurt and all of you! Great idea to show Kurt and share his creations! These healthy treats sound fantastic! They make me want to get a dehydrator for sure. πŸ˜‰


    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Shirley. I feel kind of bad because he is always telling me his creations would make good blog material. I am totally going to share more of them from now on. πŸ˜‰

  7. On June 13, 2013 kjsmoma said

    I cant wait to try these! You mentioned dried mango slices,Have you posted how to do that? I looked but couldn’t find it. My daughters first fruit 17 years ago was a mango, and she still LOVES them! I would love to know how to make the mango slices if you have time to share, I know summer is a super busy time. I just cant seem to find a good dried mango and have always wanted to try drying them on my own. Thanks !!! Kaitys mom.

    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      I have not posted the mango slices yet, but I’ll put it up soon. They are basically about the same process. All you do is slice the mangoes as thin as possible trying to get all the slices the same thickness and then dehydrate at about the same temp as the apples but for about one hour less! Good luck!! πŸ˜€

  8. On June 19, 2013 Alisa said

    That is so cool that the hubby dehydrates, too! Quick question lady, I attempted to make apple chips in the oven, and it worked, but in a round-about way. They didn’t seem to be crisping up, so I gave up and said they would just be dry. But after just a little time out of the oven, they crisped up like chips. Is this normal that they might still be a little soft when done, but turn into chips after cooling? Logic is telling me yes, but most directions I find via dehydrating say to cook until crisp.

    • On June 19, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      ALisa, that is totally what happens. They seem to dry up and crisp up a little more once they are done… especially since the climate you and I live in is far dryer. πŸ˜‰ I find if I dry them until actually crisp they actually get too crispy as they sit for another day.

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