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How to make low-fat crisps at home

Updated April 17, 2017

To maintain a healthy weight, or lose excess weight, you may wish to include low fat snacks, such as low fat crisps, as part of your healthy eating plan. However, commercially-produced low fat crisps may contain large amounts of salt and artificial fat substitutes, such as olestra. Selection of high quality ingredients for homemade crisps enables you to choose heart-healthy unsaturated oils, such as sunflower oil, and follow a diet that is low in salt and without artificial additives.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Wash eight small potatoes and cut them into wafer-thin slices. Tip onto a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Mix 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil, half a teaspoon of paprika, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add the potatoes and toss to thoroughly coat them in the oil and seasonings.

Place potato slices into a colander and shake briskly over a sink to remove excess oil.

Arrange potato slices in one layer onto a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet onto the lowest shelf in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn the potato slices over and roast them for a further 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are crisp and golden brown.

Spread the crisps onto a paper towel to cool.

Tip

To increase your vegetable intake, use root vegetables, such as parsnips, beetroot and sweet potatoes, instead of white potatoes. Closely monitor cooking progress of crisps to prevent burning them.

Things You'll Need

  • Potatoes
  • Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Bowl
  • Oil
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Colander
  • Baking sheet
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Mother of three and graduate of the London Metropolitan University, Julie Vickers is an early years teacher and writer who also loves to craft and create! She writes on topics such as education, health and parenting for websites such as School Explained and has contributed learning sessions on child development and behavior for the Education Information and Learning Services website.