Ever since the last post on how to make easy DIY carrot chips and popcorn, I have experimented with more recipes to create more savoury snacks that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen!
If you have not seen our previous post on DIY snacks, click HERE.
Following the theme of crispy and savoury snacks, I experimented with more vegetables to make sweet potato and broccoli chips this time. I have always been a fan of vegetable chips but they are usually really expensive for a small serving. It is great now that I can now make my own!
From my humble experience, the most important kitchen tool you will need for vegetable chips is an air fryer to dehydrate your vegetable.s I guess you could try using an oven as well, but the airfryer really helps with the crispiness.
How are DIY vegetable chips better than store bought vege chips?
Doing it yourself, you can rest assured that there will be no preservatives and dodgy ingredients like artificial flavours and preservatives which you definitely can do without in your diet. Moreover, you can choose how much of everything you want to add, although these recipes only require a handful (or less) of ingredients.
I chose sweet potato chips as they are mostly regarded as a healthier alternative to regular potatoes – or any kind of processed snacks for that matter – and they add a fun twist to regular chips. They are an excellent source of vitamins and eating them fresh yields many health benefits. With that said, it does not mean that you can consume them excessively either; they are high in carbohydrates and those who have high blood sugar might want to steer clear of it.
I selected broccoli chips this time after planning to recreate it after having a taste of some crispy I bought sometime back. They are nutritious and contain lots of dietary fibre, which is great at keeping you feeling full for a longer period of time; great for someone who is trying to control their diet.
If you want to learn to make these simple, healthy snacks, do continue reading!
1. Sweet potato chips
All you need:
- Sweet potato (I used two medium sized ones here)
- Olive oil
- Seasoning of choice/ salt/ black pepper (optional)
Step 1: Wash and slice your sweet potato. Try to slice them as paper-thin as possible to get the best possible crisp. Thicker slices take a longer time to dehydrate too. I left the skin on for more texture.
Step 3: Drizzle about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Make sure that they are evenly coated. You can add your seasoning at this point as well, but I prefer to add it at the end once they are cooked.
Step 4: Pop them in your airfryer at about ~150°C for about 20-25mins. I placed them in the airfryer with minimal overlap so that they can cook more evenly. Remember to check on your chips from time to time to ensure they don’t burn!
Step 5: Remove the pieces that have already cooked, and let the thicker pieces continue cooking.
Step 6: Once you remove them from the airfryer, the chips will still continue to crisp and harden. Leave them to cool on a cooling rack, if not the heat might just condense on your plate and moisten your chips again.
You can put your seasoning at this stage! I am just going to go fuss-free and add some roast chicken seasoning, but feel free to add paprika, cajun powder, salt, pepper; whatever you like!
Here you go – Guilt free snacking!
2. Broccoli chips
I have experimented with broccoli chips before and it is by far my favourite kind of vegetable chips! The ingredients are basically the same for every vegetable.
All you need:
1 Broccoli, chopped
Seasoning of choice (pinch of salt, pepper)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Step 1: Wash your broccoli, and chop them into florets. I chopped each floret into half so that they can cook better.
*A very important step is to dry your broccoli as much as possible. If there are droplets of water left, it will end up steaming instead of dehydrating to crispiness in the airfryer.
Step 2: Once your broccoli is dry, place them into a bowl and drizzle about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss together with garlic, salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt!
Step 3: Place your broccoli in the airfryer. Set it at lower heat about 120-140°C so that it can have more time to dehydrate. I left it in the airfryer for about 45-60mins, flipping them over at the 30min mark.
Step 4: Make sure that you check on your broccoli from time to time! Remove the smaller pieces which are brown and crispy first. Once they are done, you can take them out to cool (ideally on a cooling rack).
Voila! Another cost-effective and guilt-free snacking experience! Remember to place them in an airtight container to preserve its freshness, but broccoli chips are so good, they might be gone before you know it! Even the pickiest of eaters will like the taste of this.
Making your own snacks at home takes a little bit of practice – you might not get the ideal taste at your first attempt, but keep trying! The airfryer is an awesome tool in the kitchen to make chips, and all you need are a few ingredients to make your snack.
This article is brought to you by Hazel, an undergraduate from University of Newcastle Australia who is currently interning at SNCF (August to November 2020). She is an earl grey enthusiast, caffeine addict, avid reader and passionate about all things health and lifestyle related.