|Nothing but apples in this bag|
If I could only eat one category of food for the rest of my life, it would be fruit. I'll take a barrel of any species, fresh or dried, and contentedly munch until my stomach feels like it's going to pop off of my body like a loose button on a tight jacket. Until recently, I only gorged on two forms, fresh and dried, but now I've discovered a third contender -- baked-dried.
The organic apple chips from Bare Fruit are crispy and crunchy without any of that puffed airiness of the dehydrated kind. I'm so hooked on both the sweet Fuji and tart Granny Smith varieties that I can down an entire bag in one sitting. That's equal to four apples.
In an effort to slightly curb my consumption to a more reasonable half-bag (aka two apples), I've been mixing the apple chips with other ingredients to create more complex snacks. Here are some of my latest creations:
PB and A
Dip the apple chips in peanut butter. Alternatively, you can spread peanut butter onto the apple chips, but that takes longer and the chips at the bottom of the bag are invariably broken. If I'm feeling decadent (or mad or sad or happy or tired), I add a flurry of chocolate chips.
Mix the red-rimmed Fujis with the green Granny's in a large bowl to make the base of your party mix. Add toasted walnuts, peanuts, and raisins. If you're feeling decadent (or mad or sad or happy or tired), add chocolate chips too.
Turkey, Brie, and Apple Chip Sandwich
You know those people who like to crush potato chips inside their sandwiches? This is a healthier version (the healthfulness is directly proportional to the size of your slab of brie). Roasted or smoked turkey, butter lettuce, and a little Dijon makes a nice combo, but chicken or roast beef would also work.
Find Bare Fruit apple chips at Whole Foods markets.