Sometimes, the simplest snacks are the ones that get rave reviews. One of my kid’s favourite snacks is fresh fruit, especially apples. Their sweet, subtle flavour lends well to so many flavour additions, like hemp hearts, nut butter, and chocolate. Love apples? Get inspired with these 6 creative ways to garnish apples.
My kids always come home from school absolutely ravenous. The minute they walk into the doorway, they kick off their shoes, drop their bags, and head right to the kitchen. Most days I don’t get home from work until shortly after they do, so needless to say after-school snacks are usually an after thought – translated, I grab a yogurt from the fridge or something from the pantry (always healthy options, of course!). The other day however, I was perusing some recipes from the Blog and came across these decadent apple nachos and easy apple sandwiches, and I was inspired to create this fun snack for the kids. These apple slices couldn’t be any simpler to make and literally took minutes to prepare. Not only are they healthy, they pack a punch of protein and are totally kid-friendly. The kids loved getting in the kitchen with me to prepare these and even better, they got to choose their own toppings. I simply set out a smorgasbord of garnishes; nut butters, coconut flakes, raisins, Goji berries, chocolate and carob chips, hemp hearts, Nutella, etc, for everyone to choose from. Check out these delicious flavour combinations;
Peanut butter, raisins, and chia seeds
Nutella and coconut flakes
Almond butter and strawberry jam (Get the recipe for homemade chia jam HERE.)
Nutella and goji berries
Peanut butter, carob chips, and vanilla bean powder
Sunbutter, coconut flakes, and sesame seeds
These sandwiches are portable and don’t require refrigeration, which makes them ideal for school lunches, or for those afternoons when we have errands or appointments right after school. Having said that, if these aren’t being serving immediately, they will brown like any apples does. To avoid this, simply combine about 1/4 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of lemon in a bowl and brush the tops of the apples before adding the garnishes.