Friday, 25 January 2013

#FitFruitFriday - Homemade Fruit Chips for Guilt-Free Snacking

There's nothing more that we here at Fruit For The Office love than people enjoying different ways of eating our delicious fruit - especially dried. A quick, filling and tasty snack, fruit chips can be a dieter's best friend - as long as your willing to shell out for them! But, we were shocked when we realised just how much added sugar is in the average bag of fruit chips - making a once healthy snack into a diet killer. However, we've gathered the easiest ways to bake your regular fruit box up into delicious, low-sugar and - most importantly - cheaper fruit chips!

Banana Chips

  • Slice 2 to 3 bananas into very thin slices
  • Place banana slices on a baking tray lined with baking parchment
  • Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a bowl and lightly brush over the slices
  • Place into a preheated oven at 80 degrees Celsius for between 1 and 2 hours depending on how chewy or hard you like your chips (make sure to check and turn them at regular intervals to check the consistency) 
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool on the baking parchment - as they cool they will continue to harden
  • Store in a airtight container and try not to eat them all at once!

Apple Cinnamon Chips

  • Quarter 2 apples of your choice then cut into very thin slices
  • Mix 1 tsp of cinnamon with 6 tsp of sugar substitute e.g. Splenda in a bowl
  • Place apple slices onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon/sweetener mixture
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 160 degrees Celsius for 30-45 minutes or until crisp and browned.
  • Let cool then store in an airtight container

Chocolate Pear Chips

  • Halve, core and destem a pear and then slice into very thin slices
  • Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment
  • Mix up 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of ground ginger, 1 tbsp sugar substitute and 2 tbsp of cocoa in a bowl
  • Sprinkle half the mixture over the pear slices
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 135 degrees Celsius for about an hour or until almost dried out
  • Flip over half way through cooking and sprinkle with the remaining half of the mixture
  • Let cool then store in an airtight container

Let us know how your chips turned out and make sure to restock your office fruit bowl for everyone after you've spent all day baking its contents!

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