Recipe: Skinny Baked Zucchini Chips

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These babies make a healthy, low calorie snack — just 49 calories and 2 SmartPoints for 20 chips. Leftover chips will not keep well, so try to eat them quickly before they lose crispness! For more fun potato chip alternatives, check out our recipes for Skinny Baked Sweet Potato Chips and Crispy Kale Chips.

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Pro tips:

  • The key for successful zucchini chips is to not cut them too thick or too thin (between ⅛" and ¼" is ideal), and to not drench them in oil.
  • Cooking times will vary by thickness and baking pan heaviness. In other words, they demand your attention, so keep an eye on them when baking. They may have to be rotated around the tray to prevent the ones around the edges from burning. When done right, they'll have a beautiful golden color with a light crunch to go with it.

Recipe: Skinny Baked Zucchini Chips

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1-1½ hours
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 20 chips

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini (about 1 lb; makes about 80)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder

  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Using a mandoline slicer, slice the zucchini chips very thinly. On a slicer with three thickness settings, use the second.

  3. Lay the slices out in a single layer on paper towels and place another paper towel layer on top of them. Put a baking sheet over them for 10 minutes to help remove some of the moisture, resulting in a crispier chip.

  4. Lightly brush the parchment paper with oil, then line the zucchini slices in a single layer on the baking sheets, and lightly brush the tops with oil.

  5. Season evenly with the salt, garlic powder and onion powder.

  6. Bake for 1-1½ hours, until the chips are crispy, rotating halfway through. Allow the chips to rest for 5 minutes before eating.

  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (20 chips)
Calories: 49
Calories from fat: 34
Fat: 4g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 155mg
Carbohydrates: 4g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 1g
WWP+: 1
SmartPoints: 2

The nutrition content of recipes on Popculture.com have been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.