If you do the apple slicing, kids can get in on the action and assemble these nachos themselves. Use your favorite apple variety for this Simple Cooking with Heart snack or appetizer recipe or mix it up using a combination, like 2 sweet Red Delicious apples and 1 tart Granny Smith.
- 1/3 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries or raisins
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (unsalted)
- 2 Tbsp hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
- 3 red or green apples, cored and thinly sliced into about 12 pieces each
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat, smooth peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Cooking Tip: When using sticky substances like honey or peanut butter in a recipe, coat the measuring spoon or measuring cup with cooking spray for easier removal.
- Keep it Healthy: Always opt for unsweetened dried fruit—the sweetened varieties contain too much unnecessary sugar.
- Tip: The sky’s the limit when it comes to toppings for these apple nachos: any dried fruit, chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, granola, or unsweetened shredded coconut.
- In a small bowl, combine dried cranberries/ raisins, almonds, and sunflower seeds.
- Core each apple and thinly slice into about 12 pieces each. Layer half the apples onto a large plate or platter. If the apple slices will be sitting out for a while, sprinkle a little lemon juice over them to prevent browning.
- Using the microwave or a teapot, bring 2 tablespoons water to a boil. In a small bowl, combine hot water, peanut butter, and honey. Use a spoon and stir until mixture is smooth.
- Use the spoon to drizzle half the peanut butter mixture over the plated apple slices; sprinkle with half the cranberry mixture. Layer the remaining apples on top and repeat with remaining peanut butter and cranberry mixture. Serve.
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