Do you have a laundry list of food items that you know your child won’t eat?
At times, it can feel like you’re stuck between two distinct choices: serve your kids the foods they want (and avoid a battle) or serve your kids the foods that are healthy for them.
But luckily, there are ways to avoid the struggle altogether! Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of creativity.
This recipe for apple nachos is equal parts delicious, healthy, and fun to make!
Grab your little helper and let’s get started with our no-cook recipe!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can tailor it to your specific tastes! Feel free to use the below ingredients or mix them up with your favorite sweet toppings.
- 1-2 Apples (Any type will do! Having a mix of red and green will give the apple nachos a vibrant and colorful appearance.)
- 1 Tablespoon of Peanut butter (Substitute almond butter or sunflower butter if desired)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- A handful of Chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
- Wash your apples under warm water and dry them with a towel
- Cut your apples into slices by quartering them, removing the core, and then further dividing them until they’re about 1/2 inch thick
- Arrange the apples on your plate in a spiral or other shape of choice
- Drizzle honey and peanut butter over the apples (tip: if your peanut butter is too thick, mix it with a tablespoon of water until it reaches desired consistency)
- Top with cinnamon, chocolate chips, and coconut
Serving and Storing Apple Nachos
You can serve this apple nachos recipe immediately (and watch them disappear) or cover them and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To prevent the apples from browning, squeeze some lemon or lime juice on top of them.
Additional Topping Ideas
For more creative topping ideas, you can use:
- Mini marshmallows
- Dried cranberries
- Chopped almonds
To boost the nutritional value of this yummy snack, try sneaking in these superfoods:
- Chia seeds
- Milled flax seeds
- Cacao nibs (substitute for chocolate chips)
Ways for Kiddos to Help
Not only are these peanut butter nachos healthy and appetizing, but making them is also a fun activity for kids of all ages! Doll out different responsibilities to the kids and ask them to help out.
For increased creativity, you can ask the kids to get creative in decorating the meal or ask them to sneak in a “secret ingredient” that you can guess.
To turn this into an activity that lasts an afternoon, ask the kids to come up with a special name for the recipe and write a description of the meal. They can present it to the “food critic” (you) when they’re complete.
Nacho Average Nacho Recipe
These apple nachos are the perfect afternoon snack or healthy dessert! Next time the kids are asking for nachos, or are refusing their daily dose of fruit, throw this recipe in the mix for a surefire crowd-pleaser.