Homemade Dried Apple Rings with Cinnamon and Vanilla

As you might have noticed by some my previous recipes for Healthy Vegan and Gluten-free Apple Cake, Unsweetened Apple Sauce and Healthy Baked Apple with Cinnamon and Vanilla, I really love apples. Ever since I was a child this has been one of my definite favorite fruits. And one of my favorite ways to eat apples these days is dried apple rings with vanilla and cinnamon. But buying them all the time at the health food store gets really expensive, therefore I decided to attempt to make my own from scratch instead. Also in my opinion, homemade food always taste better.

If you have never tried out dried apple rings then you really should make it right away. It tastes amazingly sweet and delicious, and it is so good for you! I even like to add in some chopped up dried apple rings into my crunchy hazelnut granola, and it is amazingly yummy.

Though the end product is absolutely worth it, this is quite time consuming to make, so planning ahead is a necessity when it comes to this snack. This only makes enough for one, maybe two, people (I know it says 4 apples but when they are dried, most of the water content is removed and they shrink noticeably). To give you an idea of just how much they shrink refer to the pictures below!

Ingredients, makes one medium bowl of dried apple rings:
  • 4 medium cored apples
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
  • cinnamon to taste (optional)

  • Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius/300 degrees Fahrenheit (if using the fan setting on the oven preheat to 125 degrees Celsius/257 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Core the apples and slice into about 1/4 inch rings. I prefer leaving the skin on, but you can peel them if you wish. In a large bowl combine the water, lemon juice and vanilla essence, and add in the apple rings in water and make sure you let the apples sit completely covered for 5 minutes (you might need to do 2 apples at a time). The lemon juice is to prevent the apples from discoloring and going brown.
  3. When they have soaked for 5 minutes take them out and pat them dry using a tablecloth. Arrange them on a cutting board and sprinkle on a thin layer of cinnamon. Turn them around and repeat on the other side. Now arrange rings on 2 separate baking sheets in single layer making sure not to overlap each other, and put them in the oven for 20 minutes before you flip them all on the opposite side and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Shut oven off and let rings dry in the oven without opening the door, for about 2-3 hours, or until they are completely dry and properly chewy. 

Before they are dried.

After they are dried

And that is pretty much it! If you do not want to eat them right away I suggest you store them in a ziplock-bag, and place it in the cupboards or something like that.

I really hope you decide to try this out, and let me know if you liked this recipe!


  1. All of your recipies are so amazing :) you make me wanna come over and eat with you everyday


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