It’s apple season and lately I’ve seen recipes for apple nachos come up on Pinterest and other recipe sites. Maybe I’m a little late to the apple nacho scene, but seriously – I’d never heard of them before. Have you? They’re usually loaded with marshmallow cream, or caramel, and sometimes bits of candy bars. While I like the idea of something unique to make with apples – at least it’s unique to me – I wasn’t very keen on taking a delicious, healthy apple and slathering it with mountains of sugar and excess calories. There had to be a healthier way to make this fun fall treat. And there is
First, throw out the marshmallow cream and caramel. Then, choose your favorite kind of apples and get started. There are all kinds of things you could put on top of these – chopped walnuts, coconut, or homemade granola are a few that come to mind. Here are a few flavor combinations you could try:
- Almond butter, raisins, and honey
- Peanut butter, thin sliced celery, and chopped walnuts
- Greek yogurt and homemade granola
My favorite way to make apple nachos is to top the apples with yogurt and chia seeds, melted peanut butter, and shaved dark chocolate. This recipe is super easy, but you will need to plan ahead so the chia seeds have time to soften up and gel in the yogurt – at least 30 minutes to an hour before you build the nachos. The chia seeds help thicken the yogurt a bit while providing a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
The first time I made these I mixed the yogurt and chia seeds in a small bowl. This worked fine for mixing, but it was hard to spread on the apples and make it look at least somewhat appealing. It was much easier the second time when I made use of a simple sandwich bag. Just pour the yogurt ingredients into the bag, seal it, and mix together with your hands.
If you’re a tactile person, you’ll think it’s fun. If you’re not and you have kids, give it to them and let them have fun squishing and mashing everything together. After the ingredients are thoroughly mixed let the bag sit the fridge until the chia seeds are softened. To top the apples, just cut a very small piece off one of the corners and squeeze the yogurt over the apples. If it seems too thick just add a little more yogurt to thin it out.
When it’s time to build the nachos, cut your apples into slices. I used my Oxo apple corer/slicer and then cut each apple slice in half lengthwise one more time. Arrange the apple slices on a plate and add the toppings – yogurt first, then peanut butter, finishing it off with dark chocolate shavings. This makes a fun, healthy snack to bring to game day or just share with friends or family.
The key to making healthier apple nachos is to top them with healthy foods/ingredients you enjoy. For me that was Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and dark chocolate. What’s yours? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
- 1/3 to 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract
- 2 apples
- 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
- dark chocolate for garnish
- Place the yogurt, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla in a small, sealable sandwich bag. Seal the bag, removing as much air as you can. Squeeze and mash the ingredients around with your fingers until combined. Refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes or until chia seeds are softened and gel-like.
- When yogurt is ready, slice apples into a bowl filled with water and lemon juice to prevent browning. Drain apples in a colander and arrange onto a large plate. Snip off a small corner of the yogurt-filled sandwich bag and swirl the contents over the apples. (Add a little more yogurt if it seems too thick).
- Melt the peanut butter in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Drizzle over the apples and yogurt. Using a small grater, shave some dark chocolate over the nachos. Serve and enjoy!