Raw Fall Apple Cayenne Crisps

Slightly spicy, sweet and tart with a dash of sea salt—a lovely fall combo. This snack is one of my favorites as the seasons change. Organic apples abound at local harvest festivals—trips to get them warm the spirit—and cayenne literally warms the body from the inside out. If you, or your family members, are not fans of cayenne, Raw Fall Apple Cayenne Crisps are just as tasty sans cayenne. Adjust the ingredients to your taste. I tend to add more cayenne than the recipe calls for since I love a lotta kick.

You can bake this mixture at 200°F in the oven (about 1 hour) for a treat that is ready much sooner.

Makes: approx:4 cups  |  Preparation Time: 10-20minsDehydration Time: 6-8hrs

Mandoline (optional)
Small glass bowl
Large glass bowl
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
3 organic red apples of your choice
3 organic granny smith apples
1 large organic carrot
1 tbsp grade B maple syrup or raw, wild-harvested honey
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

Let’s Get Started:
Grate your carrot and place into a large mixing bowl. Core and slice your apples as thinly as you can (use mandoline if you have one) and place them into the bowl with the carrots .

Fall Crisps

In a small bowl, mix together syrup, salt and cayenne. Gently fold into apples and carrots. Once coated, place apples and carrots on the Teflex sheets of your dehydrator tray and place in a dehydrator set to a temperature of 95-100°F. Let slices dehydrate for 4-6 hours. After about 2 hrs, transfer the mix to the dehydrator screens so the air can come in on all sides. Dehydrate for a few more hours until desired dryness is achieved.


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  1. Beth McVay

    I think the spiral slicer might work well for this too! I saw it on the “crushes.” I’m definitely trying this out this week!

  2. Holly

    Could you explain what tools are you have to have for raw recipes. Do you really need the Vita Mix? Or can you use a standard blender?

    • Hi there Holly,
      Great question. The Vita Mix is a high-powered blender, and the one that many plant-based folks use to prepare foods because of it’s super strong motor. The Blendtec is another comparable high-powered blender. These appliances can basically liquefy metal, so they easily turn nuts, dates, leafy greens, etc. into dreamy consistencies for smoothies, cheese replacements and ice creams better than a low power blender can. Plant-based diets do call for different appliances. A few staples acquired over time end up being used multiple times a day and I am sure that I can speak for most of us plant-based folks when I say that the sting of the pricetag does become a distant memory replaced by hundreds of incredible recipes made. For the time being, I know that there are some moderately priced blenders that people review as pretty great and I have heard that many folks opt to purchase a quality Food Processor to use for blending nuts, etc. until they can afford a Vita Mix or Blendtec. Do you need the expensive blenders to get started? No. Do they make a long term lifestyle easier? Yes. Another appliance that is beyond useful in a raw food/plant-based kitchen is a dehydrator. You can pick up the high end Excalibur
      or a Nesco to get started. I tend to use my dehydrator for “staying on track foods.” Quality snacks for travel, work, the car, etc. Having dehydrated foods with you at all times will keep you from buying processed convenience foods when hunger hits.

      One of my favorite books when I first ventured into raw foods was Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People. The recipes are simple, appliance usage is minimal and it is a great resource for becoming familiar with alternatives to what you may be used to.

      Ultimately in a raw food kitchen you will find a dehydrator, a blender, a food processor and a Nut Milk Bag. I started with a blender and a food processor and the gadget count grew from there once they felt necessary to purchase.

      There are countless recipes available online and in books that do not require appliances. It’s more important to get started than it is to have an appliance hold you up.

      Tip: Tell your friends and family what appliances that you want and remind them that they can all “go in’ towards the purchase of one for holiday and special occasion gifts.

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