Shake-a-Sack Apple Snack

Kids will have fun helping you make the dried apples using the old-fashioned technique below. [ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””] [ingredients-left] 2

Kids will have fun helping you make the dried apples using the old-fashioned technique below.

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  • 2 cups Homemade Dried Apples (recipe below), quartered, or store-bought dried apple chunks
  • 1 package (6 or 7 ounces) dried peaches or apricots, halved and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

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  • 2 cups bite-size wheat-, rice-, corn-, or bran-square cereal
  • 1 cup puffed corn cereal or tiny marshmallows
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional)

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a large, heavy-duty plastic bag, combine Homemade Dried Apples, dried peaches, wheat-square cereal, puffed corn cereal, coconut, and almonds (if using).[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Close bag and seal. Shake until well mixed. Makes: 8 to 9 cups.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Core 4 medium-size tart cooking apples. Peel apples if you like. Slice the apples into rings, about 1/4-inch thick.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]To keep the apple rings from browning, in a large bowl, combine 2 cups cold water and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add the apple rings, making sure each apple ring gets coated with the water-lemon mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well; pat apple rings dry with paper towels.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly coat 2 wire racks with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the apple rings in a single layer on the wire racks, making sure rings do not touch or overlap. Set each rack on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Reverse positions of the baking sheets in the oven, moving the baking sheet from the top oven rack to the bottom oven rack and vice versa. Bake for 15 minutes more. Turn off the oven. Let the apple rings dry in the oven, with the door closed, for 3 hours. Remove from oven.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]To store, place apple rings in large heavy-duty plastic bag. Close bag.[/step-item]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest