Thursday, October 21, 2010

Apple Nachos

Yesterday I went for a walk by myself in a local park. The sky was brilliant blue and the leaves were a feast for my senses: the sound of them crunching under my feet, the beauty of the endless color combinations and yes, the smell. I love the scent of autumn leaves in the air.

Since the calendar is parked squarely in the middle of fall, here's an autumn-ish snack that was inspired by my friend Jenn. Jenn, I am not sure if this is what you had in mind, but here's our Sweet Pea rendition of Apple Nachos.

I whipped this snack up in about 5 minutes and the boys were giddy with delight eating it. If your sweet peas have a peanut allergy, you can easily substitute almond, soy or another type of nut butter.

Apple Nachos

2 apples, sliced thin (we used one Honey Crisp and one Golden Delicious Apple)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup roasted peanuts
1/4 cup pretzel pieces

Place the apples on a large plate and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Toss gently to coat the apples.

In a microwave safe dish, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir well to incorporate. Add the milk and cinnamon, stir well.

Place the peanut butter mixture in a plastic bag and snip off one end about 1/4 inch wide to allow you to drizzle the mixture on top of the apples (alternatively, you can sort of "splash" the mixture on the apples with a fork).

Top with peanuts and pretzels.

Serves 2.

And voila: the perfect salty-sweet healthful snack. Ours was gone quicker than you could say "yum!"

Have a sweet day-


Jana Winston said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try this and I'm sure it will be a hit with the kiddos!

Deep in the Heart said...

Perfection! Mine had mini chocolate chips sprinkled, too if you want a little extra sweet.

Jenny Terry said...

Sounds yummy! I will definitely try! It looks like a lovely alternative to the apple slices and peanut butter standby my kids devour - this one probably uses less peanut butter and has healthful nuts too! (I'll use sunflower seeds on Corinne's and add dried cranberries to Eli's).


Jenny T.

Rita @ Healthy Mom, Sexy Wife said...

OMG, that looks amazing. My sons would probably love it although it would be a huge mess because they are so young but yummmy!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Thanks Rita--yeah, I hear you on the mess factor! One of the reasons I sometimes don't do rice or couscous, since it falls all over the place and is hard to sweep up until it is dry!!