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Monday, October 31, 2011

Snack time! Apple Nachos

I saw something about apple nachos on pinterest recently,and it caught my attention. I'm glad I clicked to learn more because I first thought it looked like they were drizzled with caramel. Sure, that might be yummy (though I'm not a big caramel fan, myself), but it's not the healthiest thing ever. I almost passed right over the pin and moved on. But then I realized, nope..it was peanut butter. The whole snack was pretty darn healthy. And I knew I had to try them. But I had to tweak them to make them allergy-friendly for our home. The hubby has some tree nut allergies and is also allergic to peanuts, so out went the peanut butter and sliced almonds. Apples are in season big-time in North Carolina right now, so we've been buying a half of a bushel at a time from the Farmer's Market and eating lots of apples. So, a new way to eat them for a snack really appealed to me. Not that we tire of just plain apples. We can, and do, eat them every day! But new is nice sometimes.

So, this is our version (based on this one). Hope you try it and like it! You can easily change things up and make it your own. Feel free to share how you make it, too!

Apple Nachos
2-3 apples, depending on size, sliced thin (thin enough for little kids to easily eat after toppings are on them, not super thin)
3-4 Tbsp Sunflower Butter
Small handful of chopped pecans
Small handful of chopped walnuts
Small handful of dark chocolate chips and/or raisins
Unsweetened shredded coconut

Slice the apples and place them around a big plate, overlapping some, if needed. If you want, you can spritz them with some lemon juice to keep them from turning, but we didn't do this.

Melt the sunbutter until thin enough to drizzle over the apple slices.

Side note: I first tried this on the stove. Even though I used low heat, it still did not work and resulted in sunbutter that had to be tossed. Maybe this works fine with regular peanut butter, but it didn't work for me with the sunbutter. I could have attempted using the microwave to melt it, but I was left with just enough for the snack at this point and didn't want to chance ruining it all. So, I used the double boiler method, just as if you were melting chocolate. That worked well enough! It did take a few minutes, but it was very worth it in the end! (Updated to add...tried the microwave. That didn't work, either. So far, double boiler is the best way I've found to thin the sunbutter.)

Once sunbutter (or whatever nut butter you choose) is melted and thin enough, drizzle over the apple slices. I just took the whisk and did a little at a time. It didn't drizzle perfectly, but it worked well enough! Leave a little bit of the sunbutter for the very top layer.

Sprinkle on pecans, walnuts, chocolate/raisins, and coconut. Drizzle remaining sunbutter on top of everything. Serve!

We used dark chocolate chips on one half and raisins on the other half. I actually (surprisingly) preferred the raisins! Aiden didn't seem to care which he got. So, I'll probably stick to raisins next time. Camden, the 12-yr-old, wasn't thrilled with the snack but kept coming back for more here and there. He isn't a huge fan of sunbutter, but he liked the rest. I didn't love sunbutter when we first started using it, but I've gotten so used to it now, I kind of prefer it to peanut butter. If you've never tried it, it's a great nut-free alternative.

Raisins side...

Dark chocolate chips side

We ate this while having some family time with a redbox movie (Rio - very cute!). The snack did not last long, even though I made a huge plate full of it! One other thing I loved was that it is not nearly as messy as it looks! Everything really sticks to the nut butter pretty well! It was a big hit, and we will definitely be serving this up again.



Becky said...

Love this! Will definately try it...maybe add a little nutella too!

Did you find Rio appropriate for Aiden? Colin keeps asking to watch it because it is one of the on demand commercials right now. I didn't think it was rated G so I havn't checked it out. He is sensitive so I have to be really careful with what we watch.

Daisy and Ryan said...

Yes, nutella would be good for a snack! (Ryan's also allergic to that, of course...) And I'm sure caramel would be good for more of a dessert, too. Lots of ways to mix it up! We made it again yesterday, and Aiden ate a TON! I had to stop myself from eating too much, too. They're really good! :)

Sorry I haven't answered yet about the movie, either... I couldn't remember enough about the movie, so I had to ask the others (I was in and out of the kitchen for the first half, so I didn't see it all). When asked about questionable scenes, Camden said there was a part when a bird bounced off a lady's behind at a beach and then there is a scene where the two birds are supposed to be "mating" behind some leaves, but they're fighting instead (you can't see it all, so it could come across as being either almost). Oh, and he pointed out where one of the main characters is in a parade and has a halter top on. (I'm so glad he sees these as inappropriate - gives me hope as he nears being a teenager. Haha!) Ryan says he thinks it was fine. What I saw seemed to be fine, but I didn't get to sit and watch it all. Aiden also tends to play around while he watches movies, and he does not get scared easily at all (not in regards to this sort of stuff - a scary scene in a movie doesn't phase him. He did, however, just get over his fear of two-foot-long tunnels on the playground...). Not sure if that helps or not.