My favorite time of year has decided to set in. The breath-taking color change in the leaves, the cool breeze that rustles through the trees, bonfires with family and friends, and best of all, it's harvest time! Apple harvest time that is. Picking your own anything is exciting, but walking through an orchard and picking your own apples is just too much fun, especially when you can shake the hand of the farmer who grew your food. Be sure to take advantage of your local orchard this fall; get out and go pick some apples!
When you get home from the farm with your muddy shoes and bags of apples, try making these delicious apple chips! They are bursting with flavor, and make a quick and healthy snack. Baking them gives them their crunchy and crisp texture, but you could also dehydrate them if desired. Be sure to leave the skins on the apples, since most of the nutrients are contained in the skin!
Baked Honey and Spice Apple Chips
3 large apples (I like more tart apples such as Jonathon, Suncrisp, or Goldrush)
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
dash of sea salt
touch of vanilla
1. Slice apples as thinly as you can; the thinner the slice, the crisper the finished product will be. Place slices in a large bowl.
2. Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl; coat apple slices with honey mixture.
3. Align in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees for an hour. Turn slices over, and continue to bake for another hour or so, until dry and crisp.