Parent & Kid Friendly Recipes: Fun and Creative Apple Snacks
Apples are a great snack for adults and children, full of vitamin C and fiber, but plain apples can get boring after a while. Spice up your apple snacks with these three fun, easy, and creative recipes that will have kids begging for more apples. No more processed snacks with ingredients you can't pronounce, you'll know exactly what your child is eating, because you made it! Go ahead and try one or all of these recipes out and let us know what you and your kids think!
1. Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter "Sushi"
- 2 slices of Bread with crusts removed
- 4 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Apple cut into 1/4 inch sticks
- 2 tsp Honey
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon
- Spread peanut butter onto each slice of bread in a thin, even layer.
- Evenly divide the apple sticks between the slices of bread and place on top of peanut butter.
- Drizzle honey on top of the apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Starting on the long side of the bread, roll the bread up (like a cinnamon roll) and press firmly as you roll so the bread sticks together.
- Slice each roll into 4-5 pieces and serve!
2. Apple Strawberry Fruit Leather
- 3 small Apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
- 2 cups Strawberries
- Honey, Agave Nectar, or Maple Syrup to taste (for sweetener)
- Place diced apples into a pan and cover them with water. Bring water to a boil, then simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the apples are cooked (fork tender).
- Preheat oven to 200℉. Line a 10x14in cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.
- Add cooked apples, strawberries, and desired sweetener into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet and use a spatula to spread into an even layer.
- Bake in the oven for about 3.5-4 hours until the mixture is dried and slightly tacky.
- Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing into strips. Store in an airtight container.
3. Apple Nachos
- Peanut Butter/Nut Butter of choice
- Chocolate Chips
- Pumpkin seeds
- Wash and slice apples into desired sizes. Arrange one thin layer of apples on a plate.
- Melt the peanut/nut butter and drizzle half over the first layer of apples. Sprinkle apples with chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds.
- Repeat the layering process with remaining apples, peanut/nut butter, chocolate chips, and pumpkin seeds and serve!
- For recipes using raw apples (or in general for eating), drizzle apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. You can store raw peeled apples in an airtight container for up to 3 days this way!
- Substitute peanut butter with honey, caramel, or hazelnut spread for more dessert-like snacks.