Air Fryer Apple Chips are thinly sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, then baked or air fried until dehydrated to a golden, crispy chip. Naturally sweet and completely kid-friendly, you’ll find these to be your new favorite snack that comes together quickly in an air fryer.
Arguably one of the best and most versatile fruits, apples of all varieties reign supreme. Available year-round from the local grocery store or freshly picked from a local orchard, and there is always an opportunity to create delicious snacks and meals with apples. We love to incorporate apples into Air Fryer Caramel Apple Hand Pies, Apple Pie Baked Apples, Apple Cheddar Bacon Scones, and even Air Fryer Sausages with Roasted Apples and Butternut Squash.
Whether fresh, frozen, or dried, incorporating fruit into your meals, snacks, and desserts is easy to naturally sweeten a dish and get some much-needed vitamins and minerals into your foods.
What are Apple Chips?
Apple Chips are crispy, crunchy “chips” made from dehydrated apples instead of potatoes. You could, of course, do large batches in a food dehydrator or the oven, but that will take all day, if not days. Dehydrating an apple at a time in the Air Fryer means you’ll have this quick snack ready in just 15 minutes! And being able to make these yourself at a moment’s notice means it’s one less thing you have to purchase from the grocery store with additives you can’t pronounce.
Tools you’ll need
Tips for the Perfect Air Fryer Apple Chips
- Use salt. The salt in this recipe will help to draw out the excess water in the apple slices, resulting in a truly crispy chip. If you’re on a low salt diet, you can omit the salt but know it will likely result in a softer chip.
- Use a mandoline for accurate slices. One key tip is to have the apples sliced all the same thickness. This will produce an even cooking time. You also want to get them the perfect thickness so that they don’t burn in the Air Fryer, but also aren’t a soggy mess. We found setting the mandoline to 1/6th-1/8th inch in thickness was perfect.
- Keep the skin on. While you certainly could peel the apple before slicing, there is really no need. Not only does it offer a beautiful pop of color on the chips, but the skin is where the fiber of apples is stored. Keep the skin on and simply discard the seeds as you slice the apples.
- Don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer. A little bit of overlapping is okay initially since you’ll be flipping them every so often, and they will shrink and curl as they cook. However, you do not want to mound these on top of each other and restrict air flow. Keeping the spacing in the air fryer will prevent soggy spots and keep the air flow moving as it’s supposed to for 360 cooking.
The Best Apples for Homemade Apple Chips
You really can use any apple you have on hand, but due to the varying water and sugar content of different apple varieties, you may find that you have better results with these suggested apples:
- Pink Lady
- Golden Delicious
Simple Ingredients for Apple Chips
- Cooking Spray
How to Make Apple Chips
Sprinkle the salt on the apples—Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F and the air fryer setting. Prepare air fryer basket or tray by spraying lightly with vegetable cooking spray: core and slice apples between 1/6th to 1/8th inch thickness.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dredge apple slices through cinnamon and sugar mixture until well coated. Place coated apple slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket evenly (you may need to work in batches). Cook for eight to ten minutes, stopping to flip the slices halfway through cooking. Remove from air fryer and allow apple slices to cool on wire rack.
Place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. The chips will continue to firm up as they sit and cool.
How long does it take to Air Fry Apple Chips?
When set to 400F, it will only take about 15 minutes in the air fryer, flipping halfway through to ensure proper air circulation.
Apple Chip Flavors
One of the best things about making your apple chips is the ability to change up the flavors. If you’re looking for something a little different than cinnamon and sugar, try adding a dash of nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, cardamom, or even paprika for a slight spice!
Storage of Apple Chips
How Long do Apple Chips Last?
Apple Chips will last about a week in a glass, sealed container at room temperature. The crunch from the chip will start to go away after a day or so, and they will become a bit softer due to the moisture they are absorbing from the air. If you have any, you could add a silica packet to the jar to help absorb the oxygen and moisture. This will prolong the crunch and shelf life. Note that storing in a Ziploc bag is not considered airtight, and you’ll notice the apple chips losing their crunch much more quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Air Fryer Apple Chips
Are Apple Chips Healthy?
Most things made at home will be healthier than those found in the store. Thanks to the added fiber, Vitamin C, and other nutrients naturally found in apples, this is a good and healthy alternative to potato chips, even if sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
How Long Does It Take To Dehydrate Apples in An Air Fryer?
It takes about 7 to 8 hours. The key to a great air fryer dehydrating apples is the low temperature of 135 degrees F.
Due to the differences in air fryers, it’s best to frequently check on your apples to ensure they are dried d enough before removing them from the air fryer. The only difference between dehydrated apple chips and air fryer apple chips is that apple chips are a bit crispier than dehydrated apples.
Weight Watchers Healthy Snack
This is a great and easy Weight Watcher’s Snacks with no points. You can treat yourself to a big old plate of Apple Chips and not have any guilt at all!! Amazing!
So, this might just become your next big and favorite snack food of all time! Healthy and delicious.
Are Apple Chips Gluten-Free or Vegan?
Yes, to both! Enjoy!
Why are my apple chips burning?
Air fryers can differ based on wattage, among other things. Apples sliced too thinly can also lead to burning. The first time you make these, be diligent in checking the apples often for the last 3 minutes. If they’re golden brown but still a little soft to the touch, and you’re noticing some slight burning, remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool on a wire rack. They are likely done and need to finish crisping during the cooling process. Proceed with the next batch.
More Air Fryer Apple Recipes
- AIR FRYER CARAMEL APPLE TRAIL MIX
- AIR FRYER APPLE PLUM TARTS
- HOW TO REHEAT APPLE PIE IN AIR FRYER
- AIR FRYER CARAMEL APPLE HAND PIES
- AIR FRYER CARAMEL APPLE DANISH
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Air fryer apple chips are a quick and easy crispy apple chip recipe! Just 15 minutes from start to finish is all it takes to make these chips. Apples, salt, and cinnamon are all you need. Skip buying apple chips, and make your own using your air fryer.
- 5 small apples any type
- 1-2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Prepare an air fryer basket or tray by spraying lightly with cooking spray.
Core and slice apples to between 1/6th to 1/8th inch thickness.
Sprinkle the salt over teh apple slices, and leave for a couple of minutes.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
Dredge apple slices through cinnamon and sugar mixture until well coated.
Place coated apple slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket evenly (you may need to work in batches).
Cook for eight to ten minutes, stopping to flip the slices halfway through cooking.
Remove from air fryer and allow apple slices to cool on wire rack.
Plate, serve, and enjoy!