Healthy Dehydrator Alternatives to Potato Chips


Everyone loves to crunch down on a good old potato chip every now and then. Salty and crisp, they are a classic companion for summertime grill outs and warm weather picnics – but that taste comes at a cost: high trans fat content and chemicals from deep-frying such as acrylamide are associated with risks from increased inflammation to higher risk of heart disease.

If you still want that summertime crunch, don’t despair! Using your food dehydrator and fresh produce such as apples or carrots, you can easily make a healthy, nutritious alternative to satisfy your chip craving. Below, we’ve listed ten of the best recipes for dehydrated chips for you to try out.

CARROT CHIPS

Carrot chips can be eaten as a snack on their own or mixed into recipes! The natural flavor of carrots stays strong in these chips, but you can also mix it up and try adding ranch seasoning or cinnamon to create tasty variations on the basic recipe.

Ingredients:

Carrots (large)

Salt (optional)

Steps:

1. Thinly slice your carrots (the thinner they are, the faster they will dry!)

2.  Sprinkle salt over them to taste

3. Spread slices over dehydrator trays

4. Place in dehydrator for 6-12 hours

5. Remove and enjoy!

 

APPLE CHIPS

The natural sugars in apples mean there’s no need to add additional sweetener to these healthy chip alternatives. Though the chips will likely brown slightly in the drying process, they are safe to eat for months later as long as they’re stored in an airtight container. Additionally, soaking them in a dilute lemon juice solution can slightly reduce the browning.

Ingredients:

Applies

Cinnamon 

Steps:

1. Thinly slice apples (coring and peeling is optional but make sure to remove the seeds)

2. Sprinkle cinnamon over slices

3. Place on dehydrator trays and sit in sun for 6-8 hours

4. Before removing from dehydrator shelves, check that slices are thoroughly dried

5. Remove and enjoy or store in an airtight container for down the road

 

ZUCCHINI CHIPS

Zucchini’s mild taste makes the perfect base to add your favorite potato chip flavorings from salt and pepper to parmesan cheese! Low-carb and low-calorie, these crisps can be eaten as a side or added as a topping on your burgers.

Ingredients:

Zucchinis

2 tbsp oil of your choice

½ tsp salt

Steps:

1. Thinly slice your zucchinis

2. Toss in oil and salt

3. Arrange on dehydrator trays

4. Place in sun for 6-8 hours

5. Remove and enjoy

 

SUN-DRIED TOMATO CHIPS

These crispy tomato chips are great as a summer side, mixed in pasta, or used as a garnish for salads and other dishes. When adding seasoning, be sure to keep it on the light side: the high water content of tomatoes means the flavor will be extra intense when they’ve dried! 

Ingredients:

Roma tomatoes

Salt

Basil or other seasonings of choice

Steps:

1. Thinly slice your tomatoes in about ¼ inch slices

2. Very lightly sprinkle slices with preferred seasoning

3. Place on dehydrator trays with spaces between slices

4. Let sit in the sun for 4-6 hours

5. Remove and enjoy

 

BANANA CHIPS

The staple of dried fruit mixes in stores around the world, banana chips can also be spiced up and eaten on their own. Try a lime and cayenne variety for a spicy take on this classic dried fruit recipe!

Ingredients:

Ripe bananas

Seasoning of choice (optional)

 Steps:

1. Thinly slice bananas

2. Sprinkle with seasoning if desired

3. Spread evenly on dehydrator shelves

4. Sit in sun for 8 hours

5. Remove and enjoy

  

CORN CHIPS

Chips and salsa are a perfect summertime snack, and what better way to have them than with all-natural corn chips you made yourself? The recipe below will help you create classic corn chips, but you can also experiment with different flavors and styles of chips to find the perfect combination for your family. 

Ingredients:

2 C sweet corn (fresh or frozen)

½ tsp salt (optional)

Steps:

1. Blend corn and salt in blender or food processor until creamy

2. Spread mixture on non-stick paper and place on dehydrator trays for 4 hr

3. Remove and score (so it’s easier to break apart later)

4. Place back in dehydrator for 4-6 more hours

5. Take out and enjoy with your favorite dip!

  

STRAWBERRY CHIPS

Strawberries can make either sweet fruit leather treats or tasty dried chips to be eaten on their own or mixed into oatmeal or cereal for an extra pop of nutrition and color to your breakfast! They’re so sweet and flavorful on their own that you don’t need any extra ingredients to make this delicious summer snack.

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Steps:

1. Thinly slice strawberries

2. Spread evenly over dehydrator shelves with space between slices

3. Let sit in the sun for 8 hours

4. Remove and enjoy

GREEN BEAN CRISP STICKS

Green beans can produce prolifically all through summer and early fall. To make sure you don’t lose any of your harvest, try this healthier alternative to canning your excess bean bounty.

Ingredients:

Green beans

Oil of choice

Salt

Seasonings (optional)

Steps:

1. Toss beans in oil and seasoning

2. Arrange on dehydrator shelves

3. Let sit in sun for 6-8 hours

4. Remove and enjoy

 

PINEAPPLE CHIPS

Go for a tropical twist on your favorite chips by dehydrating pineapple slices. Drying this tangy fruit can help reduce the mess from the sticky juice and makes for a great road trip snack.

Ingredients:

Pineapple

Steps:

1. Slice the top, bottom, and skin off the pineapple

2. Cut the pineapple in half

3. Make 1/8 inch slices out of each half

4. Spread on dehydrator shelves and let dry for 7-8 hours

5. Remove and enjoy!

HEALTHY POTATO CHIPS

If none of these are quite hitting the craving for potato chips, never fear: you can even make potato chips in your dehydrator! Without the oil and deep-frying, these chips will be a much healthier, more natural substitute – and they’ll save you having to turn on the oven and heat up the whole house in the middle of summer. You can use almost any kind of potato for this, including sweet potatoes or a variety to make a colorful mix.

Ingredients:

Potatoes

Oil of choice (optional)

Seasoning (optional)

Steps:

1. Wash and peel your potatoes

2. Thinly slice

3. Arrange on dehydrator shelves

4. Let sit in the sun for 6-8 hours

5. Remove and enjoy!

While each fruit or vegetable is different and drying may vary based on the day’s weather, there are a few quick tips to help ensure your chips turn out great:

·             Thin slices: Generally speaking, the thinner your slices, the faster and more thoroughly your chips will dry. Try to slice them as thin as possible without having them fall apart – usually about 1/8 – ¼ inch slices are recommended.

·             Avoid drips: If you’re drying more than one kind of produce at a time, make sure to keep juicier varieties (such as melon or berries) on the lower racks to prevent them from dripping on the other produce.

·             Experiment: One of the best things about making your own food is playing around to find what works best for you! Try varying the types of seasoning you use or the time the dehydrator sits out to find the sweet spot of crispy, tasty perfection.

Dehydrating your fruits and vegetables provides an affordable alternative to buying potato chips and other quick snacks at the store. Plus, these chips can last for months once dehydrated! Whether you’re trying to work towards a healthy diet, reduce waste from your garden harvest, or provide busy kids with healthy snacks, dehydrated fruit chips can provide a nutritious and delicious snack.

At KinoSol, we’re always eager to try new things! If you’ve tried any of these recipes in your Orenda or other dehydrator or you have a recipe you’ve always wanted to try, let us know in the comments below! 

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