The end of summer means lots of snacking. Don't ask me why, but it's a struggle I face every year. Now usually I fall down the rabbit hole of chips and cheez-its and cookies and all sorts of traps that will bring on my winter weight earlier than I prefer to happen. But this year I shall overcome! Or not...who knows. Food is pretty awesome after all.
At this point it is not "I need to stop snacking" (because that is crazy talk) but rather "I need to snack healthier." So I rattled my brain and realized - fruit chips! Veggie chips! Oh, the possibilities! And since it's fall why not have my first shot at this be pear chips?
Keep in mind I am unfortunately not the proud owner of a dehydrator (or a mandoline for that matter). My guess is you aren't either (but if you are then, damn, I'm jealous), so the trick is to cut carefully and cook low and slow.
I could have done something to spice it up, like add cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, or what have you, but decided I wanted to keep it classic and simple for the first go around. I am glad I did! At first bite you get a nice crunch and as you chew this beautiful sweetness comes through. Fruit really is nature's candy, and even more so when baked. Now that I know how delicious and easy it is, I will be playing around with toppings!
The cook time may seem daunting, but I promise you these chips could not be any easier to make.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours (depending on chip thickness)
Servings: around 10-12 chips per pear
You Will Need:
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