If you’re on the east coast, chances are you’ll be spending at least one day picking apples fresh from the orchard. One of our favorite ways to eat the literal fruits of our labor is by making a fun treat of apple “nachos.”
I specifically like this snack because it can be sugar free, kids can PLAY with it and explore new flavors, and if you’re a parent or caregiver of a child with food allergies, it can be easily tailored to their needs. Using the paint palette is the perfect serving vessel but also plays up the “diy” aspect of this snack.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Snack – Apple Nachos
Objective: Use fresh apples to create a do-it-yourself snack with a variety of healthy ingredients
Skills Utilized: sensory exploration, fine motor skills
Suggested Reading: Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd
Materials: paint palette with wells or a plate, a cored and sliced apple, peanut butter (or an alternative like soy butter, unsweetened sunflower butter, almond butter, etc.), and a variety of “toppings” like shredded unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, cereals, craisins, freeze dried fruits, chopped nuts, ground flax, chia seeds, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, etc.
Surprisingly, Jasper’s favorite toppings are mine: shredded unsweetened coconut, chia, and flax seed… with the addition of a couple raisins and chocolate chips that he prefers to eat on the side.
There is no right or wrong way to prepare these. I generally make little piles of the ingredients in the individual wells of the paint palette and place the sliced apples in the center section. Then, I heat the peanut butter or sunflower butter until it’s slightly runny and drizzle it over the sliced apples. At that point, I hand it over and let the kids go to work. You’d be surprised by how willingly your child will eat something like flax or chia when they think they’re simply adding “sprinkles” to their apples.
You can also slice the apples horizontally and core them to create little rings. In that situation, I spread the sunflower butter directly on top. We call these ‘apple donuts’:
This method is also equally delicious used with bananas!
These are a great protein packed snack to serve between meals for both kids and adults alike. What kind of toppings would you and your kiddos enjoy?