How to Make Pear and Apple Chips: Sweet Ginger Pear Chips

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Has it begun yet? Lunchbox envy?!

It goes like this, “Mommy, Emily has chips in her lunchbox every day. Why don’t we ever have chips?” I’m not against chips. I just rarely buy them: If they’re not in the house, we have to find something with a few more nutrients to nosh on.

We went apple and pear picking at a friends’ house over the weekend. We got lots of apples and 7 pears: That’s one pear for everyone in our family; plus 1. How would I make the most of that ONE PEAR? Make Pear Chips! And I did…I was able to get 37 almost paper thin slices of pear from one pear (thanks to my cheapy mandoline slicer from a garage sale.) And after 37 minutes (really!) in the oven, we had chewy-in-the-center, crispy-on-the-edges pear chips that were sweet, with a bit of spicy kick.

Sweet Ginger Pear Chips | TeaspoonOfSpice.com

And the kids devoured all 37 chips in about 3 minutes.

So I made more. I was so pleased with how SUPER simple the Pear Chips were, that we tried a few more combos:

  • Sweet Curried Pears
  • Cinnamon & Sugar Apples
  • Cinnamon, Sugar & Smoked Paprika Apples with a sprinkle of salt – YUM!

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Yes, they all have a sprinkle of sugar on top – but remember, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar has only 23 calories – spread among 37 chips. And when the Sweet Ginger Pear Chips in my kids’ lunchboxes go up against brightly packaged, loudly crinkly bags of ‘store-bought’ chips in other lunchboxes, a sprinkle of sugar definitely adds sparkle and pizzaz!

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Sweet Ginger Pear Chips

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Just 3 ingredients and about a half hour in the oven and crispy, sweet pear and apple chips will emerge to make your lunchboxes happy. Kids can make these!

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD
  • Yield: About 37 chips 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 pear

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275-degrees F. Place wire rack (like cooling rack) on a baking sheet. Repeat: You’ll need 2 racks and 2 baking sheets.
  2. Mix together sugar and ginger in a small bowl.
  3. Slice the pear as thin as possibly, preferably with a mandoline.
  4. Place pear slices on wire rack. Sprinkle with ALL the sugar/ginger mixture over pears – a perfect job for kids.
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until dry.

Notes

To make the Cinnamon & Sugar Apples, substitute apple for pear and cinnamon for ginger.
To make Cinnamon, Sugar & Smoked Paprika Apples, substitute apple for pear and cinnamon for ginger and add a few shakes of Smoked Paprika.
To make Sweet Curried Pears, substitute curry powder for ginger.

Sweet Ginger Pear Chips | TeaspoonOfSpice.com

What do you pack to avoid kids having lunchbox envy? What do kids LOVE in their lunch boxes?

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