Healthy snacks – Apple crisps

Yes, we all know that if you snack, it’s probably better to eat fruit or crackers than cookies or chocolate. But that’s just so tempting! I really enjoy apples and feel like I’m very healthy when I eat an apple, but chocolate… Hey, I’m a woman, we all love chocolate!  Yet, eating apples instead of candy bars has huge benefits. Lower calories, lower fat, higher water and fibre content… It’s not that apples contain that many more nutrients, but that they contain less ‘bad stuff’. Which is why “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, especially if you eat it instead of snacks rich in saturated fat and sugar.

Sometimes, however, you’ll want something else. A plain apple doesn’t always feel like a snack when you’re watching television. A bowl of sugar-coated popcorn or crisps, those are snacks you enjoy in front of the TV. They taste nice and it’s something you can keep grabbing, mindlessly, often. Cutting an apple into pieces might solve part of this by making it grabbable (that’s probably not a word…), but I found a recipe on Beginspiration, a Dutch cooking blog, that has even more potential as an evening snack. Healthy and extremely simple to make, though you have to wait a while before they’re done: apple crisps! Small, crispy apple slices, spiced with cinnamon and lemon. They taste great (though you need to find a good balance in lemon juice and cinnamon), and make your home smell winter-y. Plus point: it’s a snack children can easily help making. So let me present you with this extremely simple recipe for lovely apple crisps!

Preheat the oven to 100 degrees centigrade and line a plate with a sheet of baking paper. Take as many rinsed apples as you like (with 2 decent-sized apples you can fill the plate), a spoonful of lemon juice per apple and as much cinnamon as you like. Take out the apple core and cut the apples into round or semi-circled slices (you can use a simple knife, then semi-circles are probably safer, a mandolin or other aid you might have). Toss round the apples with the lemon juice and the cinnamon, making sure all slices have at least some cinnamon on them. Then put them in the oven until they are crisp (about 2 – 2.5 hours). If you cool them and put them in an airtight container, you can keep them for about 3 days, then they go soft.

It really is that easy! I tried them a few days ago and ate the last crisps yesterday afternoon (my container apparently wasn’t completely airtight, so they had gone a bit soft 😦 ). Admittedly, it tasted a bit weird at first, perhaps because I had put in a bit too much cinnamon and lemon juice. But I found that despite that, I kept taking new ones… Fairly addictive, comparable to salted crisps or other snacks, but way healthier, so definitely something you should try! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Ianna!

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