These healthy Apple Nachos with peanut drizzle and chocolate topping are a great way to serve up a healthier snack option for your family or a crowd.
This post is sponsored by PB2 whose new Pre+Probiotic peanut powder makes a fantastic topping for these apple nachos that is rich in protein, with extra goodness for the tummy.
Apple Nachos are a great healthy snack option whether you trying to make your kids' after-school snack more fun, or are entertaining a crowd. Now with tailgating season as well as apple season in full swing, there is no better time for apple nachos.
Apple and peanut butter have been a favorite healthy snack of mine for years! The first time I can consciously remember putting these two together was during a trip through Southeast Asia more than 7 years ago.
My tastebuds were feeling homesick (although I actually love Asian, especially Thai cuisine). We were in the cooler mountainous parts of Northern Thailand were local apples were available. And we had also started carrying small containers of peanut butter with us for a little taste of home on the road.
One evening in the hostel room I got the munchies – real bad. All we had with us were that tub of peanut butter and apples.
I cut the apple in half to take out the seeds and core, and filled the hollow middle with a generous amount of peanut butter. Although this was a new snack for me, the combination of the 2 was a comforting taste of home.
And the apple and peanut butter combination has stuck with me ever since. It was also one of my favorite pregnancy snacks.
At that time I also sprinkled little toffee bits from my baking drawer over the peanut butter covered apples. A sweet, fruity and nutty dream of a snack!
My now 5-year-old also loves apple slices with peanut butter as an after-school snack.
Today's apple nachos are still pretty much the same thing, only a prettier arrangement with a wider variety of toppings.
How to Slice the Apples for Apple Nachos
I use my combined apple slicer & corer. In one quick move it removes the apple core and creates 8 even slices. With a large kitchen knife I sliced each big slice into 4 thinner slices.
Of course you could also do the slicing and coring with just a knife. Or if you have an apple corer, you could cut the cored apple into thin rings either with a knife or even with a mandolin.
How to keep sliced apple from browning
There would be nothing more sad than preparing a beautiful apple nacho platter only to have it rejected by picky kids (or adult picky eaters) because of browned apple slices. While browning doesn't affect the apple flavor at all, browned apples are just not very visually appealing.
Luckily, there are 3 ways (that I know of) that can help or at least significantly delay the apple browning process. All it takes is water and one of 3 items that you probably already have in your kitchen:
- lemon or lime juice
- or honey
- In a shallow bowl combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice. Soak the apple slices for five minutes. Then take out the apple slice from the water and let excess water drip off before arranging the platter.
- Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 2 cups water. Add apple slices and soak for five minutes.
- Combine 1 teaspoon salt with 2 cups of water. Soak the apple slices for 5 minutes. Then rinse with fresh water before serving.
My favorite method is using lime juice because I actually like a hint of tartness on my apple slices.
Best Apple Nacho Toppings:
- PB2 peanut butter
- melted white or dark chocolate (white chocolate looks more like sour cream imitation
- from an actual nacho platter
- , while dark chocolate is definitely the healthier option)
- unsweetened shredded coconut (or flakes)
- (mini) chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- nuts; like sliced almonds
- seeds; chia, hemp, sesame, sunflower
- spices; especially cinnamon, cardamom, or apple pie spice
- raisins, cranberries
- and anything else you can think of that would go well with sliced apples
More Delicious Apple Recipes You'll Love:
Other Recipes using PB2:
Healthy Apple Nachos
- 4 apples sliced
- ¼ cup lemon or lime juice
- ⅛ - ¼ cup PB2 Pre + Probiotic peanut powder reconstituted with water as per directions (½ amount water as powder)
- ¼ cup chocolate chips melted*
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice mix
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- any other toppings to your liking
- Core and slice the apples to about ¼ inch thickness. Soak the slices in a shallow bowl with 4 cups of water and ¼ cup lemon/lime juice.
- Drain the apple slices and let excess water drip off.
- Arrange the dried apple slices in a circular pattern on a large platter.
- Reconstitute the PB2 powder with water and drizzle all over the apple slices.
- Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate on the apples as well.
- Sprinkle everything with cinnamon, shredded coconut, chocolate chip, and any other toppings you would like.
- Serve right away or within 2 hours.
Yes, you can substitute PB2 peanut butter with other nut butters like almond or cashew butter for the apple nachos.
It's best to consume the apple nachos immediately after preparation for the freshest taste and texture.
While apples are traditional, you can experiment with other fruits like pears, bananas, or even strawberries for a unique twist on the nachos.
To make the apple nachos more appealing to kids, consider adding fun toppings like mini chocolate chips, colorful sprinkles, or even gummy candies in moderation.
Absolutely, you can create a vegan version of the apple nachos by using dairy-free chocolate and ensuring that all the ingredients, including the toppings, are plant-based and free from animal products.