Chips. Why are you so good yet so unhealthy?
I mean, chips are so addictive. You open a bag, stick your hand in, and before long, they’re gone. And unfortunately, they’re not always the healthiest choice on the shelf.
Well, we’ve got the solution to quell your chip cravings without sacrificing your precious diet!
The key is to swap the potatoes out for some veggies or dried fruits. You can still keep the regular texture of chips with some added kick or sweetness, depending on what you’re going for.
Let’s explore a few ways you can cook up some tasty chips to munch on free of guilt! You won’t want to go back to processed bags ever again.
Crunchy Baked Plantain Chips
- 2 large unripe plantains
- Olive oil
- Juice from ½ a lemon
- Freshly ground sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F°. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets with olive oil.
- Peel the plantains and slice on a diagonal thinly. In a medium bowl, toss the plantains with some olive oil, the juice from ½ a lemon, and a generous sprinkle of salt.
- Arrange them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Cajun Veggie Chips
- 2 lbs. of root vegetables, thinly sliced (sweet potato, parsnips, beets, or carrots)
- Sea salt
- Cajun spice
- Preheat the oven to 375 F°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Thinly slice the root vegetables with a mandoline slicer until they are 1/8th of an inch thick.
- Spread the sliced veggies over the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until crispy. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Baked Apple Chips
- 6 apples (try Pink Lady or Honeycrisp)
- 6 cups of fruit-only juice (try pear juice)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Ground cinnamon
- Sea salt
- Coconut crystals
- Preheat the oven to 250 F°. Core and then thinly slice 6 apples (skins are fine!)
- Boil the apples for 5 minutes in a pot with the fruit juice and cinnamon sticks.
- Remove the apples from the juice, pat dry, and arrange the apple slices on a cooling rack atop a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sea salt, and coconut crystals. Place in the preheated oven for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from the heat once crispy.