Obviously, snacking is kind of frowned upon. To combat the urge to dig your hands into a pile of chips, cookies, or cheese, snack services are springing up – making it nearly impossible for you to excuse your embarrassing habits. However, you definitely don’t need to subscribe to a fancy monthly box to snack in a good way. You should be dehydrating your snacks – namely, you should be dehydrating your own fruit.
It’s super easy, super healthy, and will keep you full – unlike those fucking Thin Mints stashed in the back of your cabinet. We know they’re there; don’t lie to yourself. Additionally, you do not need a $600 dehydrator to do any of this; all you need is an oven.
First, turn your oven as low as it can go – probably about 200 degrees. Space the cooking racks evenly apart. Cover a few baking sheets with parchment paper and spread your fruit out in an even layer. That’s it. The fruit should take a few hours to dry out – pull earlier if you want chewier or later if you want less chewy. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, so we suggest you have a bottle of wine while you wait.
For something like apples (it is fall, after all), grab two apples and don’t peel them. Take out the core and slice into rings about ¼ inch thick. You can sprinkle on some cinnamon if you’re fancy. Lay them on the parchment covered baking sheets in a single layer and place in an oven between 200-225 degrees. Turn the slices over once after about an hour; the apples should be totally done after another 40 minutes.
Hooray for healthy snacks.