For a delicious and healthy snack, try these delightful 6-ingredient Air Fryer Apple Chips! The crispy texture is so satisfying, and they taste like an absolute treat. The maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon glaze add a burst of flavor, while a pinch of cayenne gives the chips an irresistible little kick! And thanks to the magic of the air fryer, they can be ready in about 30 minutes. (Once cooked, you can store them for up to a week!)
Whenever I’m in a snacking mood, I always look for something without many calories that still has a good crunch and a nice pop of flavor.
If you’re the same way, then you’re going to love these Air Fryer Apple Chips!
A quick and easy glaze of brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne gives the chips a sweet and earthy flavor with just the tiniest kick of spice.
It’s a perfect balance that makes them addicting.
And when you learn how to make Apple Chips in the air fryer, you won’t believe how easy it is. You only need six ingredients and about 30 minutes!
(The time is a sharp contrast to making apple chips in your dehydrator.)
For a healthy and satisfying vegan snack, you’ll love whipping up these simple Cinnamon Apple Chips. This is one the entire family will love!
Ingredients for Making Air Fried Apple Chips
- Apples — Use your favorite apple variety. Red or golden delicious will have a milder flavor, while Granny Smith will add a slight tartness. Gala, Honeycrisp, fuji, and pink lady also work well.
- Maple syrup — You can use sugar-free maple syrup to lower the overall sugar content.
- Brown sugar — Feel free to use Swerve or another brown sugar replacement to lower the sugar content.
- Spices and seasoning — Cinnamon, cayenne, and salt enhance the flavors of this recipe without overpowering it. You can add in a sprinkle of nutmeg or apple pie spice if you like.
Tips & Tricks
- Keep an eye on your Apple Chips in the air fryer near the end of the cooking time to make sure they crisp up without overcooking or burning.
- You can try a few different varieties of apples to see which flavor combination you like the best! You could even try two different types of apples in one batch.
- Make sure your Apple Chips are in a single layer in the air fryer with a bit of space between each one. If the slices overlap, they won’t crisp up as much.
- Try to cut the apple slices about ⅛-inch thick so the air fryer can pull out the moisture more easily, which helps prevent overcooking or burning.
- If you need to cook in batches (and you will unless you have a large oven style air fryer) prep the apple chips on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Air fryer Apple Chips are simply apples that have been sliced thin and then air fried to crispy perfection. The air fryer dehydrates them while giving them a wonderful, crunchy exterior.
Slicing the apples is what turns them into chips. Air fryer apples cooked in bigger pieces, for example, will become brown and tender rather than crisping up.
Yes! The core of the apple has a different texture and is very difficult to slice. Plus, we don’t want any apple seeds in our chips.
The key is slicing your apples very thin and finding the perfect cooking time. I recommend using a mandoline to cut the apples into ⅛-inch thick slices.
You’ll also want to keep an eye on the chips near the end of the cook time to get them crispy without burning them.
The thinner your apple slices, the easier it will be for the air fryer to pull out the moisture without burning them. If your apple chips seem to be burning, try slicing them thinner or lowering the temperature of the air fryer.
This all depends on your definition of “healthy.” Most Apple Chips recipes use sugar and syrup, so if you’re trying to eat less sugar, you may need to modify. Overall, I consider Apple Chips a healthier snack because they’re low in calories and won’t absorb much oil thanks to the air fryer.
A mandoline slicer is going to be the easiest way to slice your apples nice and thin. You could also use a sharp knife, but it will require some patience and a steady hand.
Tools Needed to Make Cinnamon Apple Chips
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Air Fried Apple Chips can be stored in an airtight container or plastic zipper bag at room temperature for up to one week.
How to Make Air Fryer Apple Chips
Remove the core from the top 1 inch and bottom 1 inch of each apple.
Use a mandoline or sharp knife to cut the apples into ⅛-inch thick slices. You want thin slices.
In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Brush the apple slices with the mixture. (You can also place the apple slices in a bowl and toss them with the maple syrup mixture.)
Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
Arrange the apples in a single layer in the air fryer basket, cooking in batches if necessary.
(If your air fryer is prone to sticking, you can use air fryer liners which are basically parchment paper with holes in them.)
Air fry for 8 minutes, then flip each slice and cook for another 4 minutes.
Reduce the heat to 325°F. Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes until the desired crispness is achieved.
Allow the apple chips to cool, keeping in mind that they will continue to crisp up as they cool.
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Air Fryer Apple Chips
- 2 apples
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Remove the core from the top 1 inch and bottom 1 inch of each apple.
- Use a mandoline or sharp knife to cut into ⅛-inch thick slices.
- In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.
- Brush the apple slices with the mixture.
- Preheat your air fryer to 375 ° F.
- Arrange the apple slices in a single layer, working in batches.
- Cook for 8 minutes and then flip. Cook for another 4 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to 325° F. Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes until the desired crispness is achieved.
- Allow to cool. The apple chips will continue to crisp up as they cool.