With this crispy Air Fryer Apple Chips recipe it’s never been easier to make a healthy and cinnamon-flavored snack! A few simple tricks will teach you how to easily dehydrate apple slices so you get crunchy chips that aren’t burnt. Making homemade apple chips is so much better than the store-bought kind for a quick snack!

A bowl of apple chips is enjoyed for a healthy snack.

Crispy Air Fryer Apple Chips Recipe

When you have apples and an Air Fryer, why not make apple chips in the Air Fryer?!

I had already experimented with the Air Fryer’s incredible capability of making seemingly soggy food come out super crispy, but dehydrating foods had been a little too daunting.

After a few trial runs, and about 2 apples’ worth of burnt chips, the Air Fryer Apple Chips code was finally cracked.

This is the way to make them perfectly crispy and crunchy, not wait an obscene amount of time, or have to cook up countless batches. And you only need 1 to 2 simple ingredients.

With the recipe you’ll find below you’re less than 15 minutes away from enjoying the BEST homemade apple chips. (Just a fraction of the time of baking apple chips which can take up to 3-4 hours to crisp up! And it’s a great alternative.)

So skip the potato chips or store-bought apple chips and whip up this healthy and delicious snack for the whole family instead.

Apples and cinnamon are the ingredients used for this simple recipe.

Ingredients

  • Apples. You can really use any type of fresh apples. However, if you want the chips to taste naturally sweet, Gala and Fuji apples are the best to use. Honeycrisp, Red Delicious apples, and Ambrosia are also great options. If you want more tart apple chips, look for a variety such as Granny Smith apples. Use your favorite apples from the grocery store.
  • Cinnamon. While not necessary, ground cinnamon adds a delicious pop of flavor to the crunchy apple chips.
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How to Make Apple Chips in the Air Fryer

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Slice the Apples

Thinly slice a medium-sized apple into chips using a mandoline. You want thin slices that are roughly 1/32″ thick. This is thin enough that they’ll easily dehydrate, but thick enough so they still hold their shape. It’s really important to use a mandollne slicer, it’s incredibly difficult to cut apples thinly and consistently with a sharp knife.

Be sure to stop when you reach the core.

Apples are thinly sliced with a mandolin.

Air Fry the Apple Slices

Add half of the thin apple slices to the basket of a 6-quart Air Fryer, placing them in multiple layers.

You should be able to fit about 8-9 slices in a single layer. Try not to go more than 3 layers deep.

Cook on 320°F for 11-12 minutes, flipping them over every 4 minutes. Be sure to completely remove the top layers from the air fryer basket so you can reach the bottom layer of slices.

All the apple slices are laid in one layer in the air fryer.

Remove from Heat

During the last few minutes of cooking, start removing the lightly browned and firm chips.

It’s OK if they are not completely crispy yet, the apple chips will continue to crisp up for a minute after they are removed from the air fryer. Repeat the above steps with the remaining apple slices. You can use a cooling rack if you’d like.

Sprinkle on some cinnamon or apple pie spice for added flavor.

Tongs are used to remove the air fryer apple chips.

Are apple chips healthy?

Apple chips can be healthy when they are made with only apples and no added sugars. This isn’t always the case with store-bought apple chips! Making your own apple chips ensures you only use good-for-you ingredients.

FAQs

Why are my apple chips soft? 

If the chips are cut too thick, or not baked long enough, they will likely turn out soft. Slice them thin and make sure to bake or airy fry for the recommended amount of time. 

Should you peel apples before dehydrating? 

It is not necessary to peel the apples when making apple chips. 

Recipe Tips

  • The sweeter, the better. Choose naturally sweet varieties such as Fuji or Gala for these cinnamon apple chips.
  • Slice it right. You don’t want them too thick or too thin. Pull out that ruler, 1/32″ is the perfect thickness!
  • Keep an eye on them. Smaller chips will cook up quicker. Be sure to check on the chips during the last few minutes of cooking and remove the ones that are turning brown.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon. Add a little more flavor to this perfect healthy snack once they’re done cooking. 
  • Loosely seal them. Place in a ziplock bag but only zip it up halfway. If it’s zipped all the way up, the chips will get soft.
A bowl of apple chips is set next to sticks of cinnamon.

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Air Fryer Apple Chips Recipe

With this crispy Air Fryer Apple Chips recipe it's never been easier to make a healthy and cinnamon-flavored snack! A few simple tricks will teach you how to easily dehydrate apple slices so you get crunchy chips that aren't burnt.
Yield 2 servings
Prep 3 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Total 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 medium-sized apple Gala, Fuji, or Red Delicious
  • Cinnamon optional

Instructions 

  • Slice the Apples: Using a mandoline, thinly slice the apple into 1/32” thick pieces, stopping once you reach the core.
    1 medium-sized apple
  • Air Fry the Apple Slices: Add half of the apple slices to the basket of a 6-quart Air Fryer, placing them in multiple layers. Cook on 320°F for 11-12 minutes, flipping them over every 4 minutes. Be sure to completely remove the top layers so you can reach the bottom layer of slices.
  • Remove from Heat: During the last few minutes of cooking, start removing the lightly browned and firm chips. It’s OK if they are not completely crispy yet, the apple chips will continue to crisp up for a minute after they are removed from the air fryer. Repeat the above steps with the remaining apple slices.
  • Enjoy apple chips immediately or store in a container that is loosely sealed. Do not make it air-tight as the chips will get soggy.

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Notes

Prep-Ahead Instructions 
These chips are best when made and enjoyed immediately. But you can store them if needed.
Storage Directions
Let them cool completely and then keep in a container at room temperature that is loosely sealed for up to 2-3 days. Do not make it air-tight as the chips will get soggy. To reheat, pop them back in the air fryer for a minute or two to crisp them back up.
Recipe Tips
  • The sweeter, the better. Choose naturally sweet varieties such as Fuji or Gala for these cinnamon apple chips.
  • Slice it right. You don’t want them too thick or too thin. Pull out that ruler, 1/32″ is the perfect thickness!
  • Keep an eye on them. Smaller chips will cook up quicker. Be sure to check on the chips during the last few minutes of cooking and remove the ones that are turning brown.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon. Add a little more flavor to this perfect healthy snack once they’re done cooking. 
  • Loosely seal them. Place in a ziplock bag but only zip it up halfway. If it’s zipped all the way up, the chips will get soft.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 49IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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