Healthy Apple Nachos (Easy + Fun)

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This healthy apple nachos recipe with creamy peanut butter and crunchy chocolate nibs is the perfect afternoon snack or school snack you can put together with your kids. Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s a fun way to eat more fruit. 

These apple nachos not only look incredible, but they are amazingly healthy and indulgent at the same time.

Fresh fruit + nut butter+ chocolate = Fiber + protein + healthy fats.

What’s not to like?

And if you follow a specific diet, this simple recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free! 

What Are Apple Nachos?

Well, apple nachos aren’t your typical nachos! They don’t have any gooey cheese topping, but if you spread them out nicely, they do resemble nachos in a way.

They’re a fun, healthy snack or dessert made from apple slices with sweet toppings like caramel, chocolate, and nuts.

Plus, apple nachos is a much fancier name than apples with peanut butter.

Don’t you think? Lol.

Three quarter view of a plate with apple nachos with peanut butter, chocolate nibs, and chopped nuts

Are Apple Nachos Healthy?

You bet! Apple nachos can be a healthy snack or dessert, depending on your toppings.

Apples are packed with fiber and nutrients, so it’s all about how much of the sweet stuff you want to add.

Ingredients you’ll need

These healthy apple nachos require a few simple ingredients, but you can use your creativity to add a touch of personality to this easy snack.

  • Fresh apples: Any apple will work! So pick your favorite variety and color. I used some in-season red apples here, but Granny Smith apples, honey crisp apples, fuji apples, or any other kind of apples will work just fine. Don’t peel the apples! You’ll lose most of the fiber! 
  • Peanut butter: Here, I used smooth peanut butter, but crunchy works well, too, although it’s a bit less spreadable. A great alternative is almond butter, especially if you make your own. Or any other nut butter, like cashew butter, works as well. And if you want to make your apple nachos extra decadent, try drizzling them with homemade Nutella or a chocolate sauce. Pure heaven!
  • Chocolate nibs: Chocolate nibs, also known as cocoa or cacao nibs, are incredibly healthy. They are made with pure cacao beans, with no added fat or sugar. But you can also opt for mini chocolate chips (I prefer dark) if you like.
  • Lemon: Adding some lemon juice to the apples will prevent them from browning. It’s not essential, but if you want to keep the apple nachos in the fridge for a day or two or want to prep them in advance (let’s say in the morning), it’s best to add it.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon: Because cinnamon and apples are perfect together. But if you don’t like cinnamon, omit it. Or you can add a bit of vanilla.
  • Chopped nuts: Perfect as a top layer to add a bit of extra crunchiness. You can use chopped peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, or other nuts. Or coconut flakes. You can also add a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or flax seeds for an extra boost of protein and omega 3.
Top view of ingredients needed to make apple nachos: apples, peanut butter, chocolate nibs, lemon

How to make apple nachos

Making apple nachos couldn’t be easier. 

  1. Slice the apples: Wash the apples. Cut them into quarters and remove the core. Then slice them into thin slices. Squeeze half a lemon on a large plate and coat the apple slices. This little bit of lemon juice will keep them from browning. But you can skip this step if you plan to eat the apple nachos straight away.
  2. Layer the apples: Arrange the sliced apples in a nice circle in a single layer on a plate. 
  3. Warm peanut butter: You can warm 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. This will make it more spreadable and easy to drizzle on the apples. If you don’t have a microwave, place the peanut butter into a heatproof bowl and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water (bain-marie). Stir occasionally for a couple of minutes until warm.
  4. Add toppings: Drizzle the melted peanut butter on top of the apples. Then sprinkle with cinnamon, chocolate nibs, chopped nuts, or any other toppings.
  5. Enjoy this sweet treat straight away!
Top view of half a plate filled with apple nachos with peanut butter, chocolate nibs, and chopped nuts

How To Store Apple Nachos

Storing apple nachos can be tricky as the apples tend to brown. Your best bet is to eat them right away.

But if you coat the apples with a good amount of lemon juice, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container, a Ziploc bag, or a glass container like this one.

They’ll keep for 2-3 days.

Can You Meal Prep Them?

Yes, you can! Just store the apple coated with lemon juice in the fridge.

You can add your favorite toppings straight away, but I usually add them at the last minute as I prefer warm, decadent peanut butter on top. 

Top view of apple nachos with peanut butter, chocolate nibs, and chopped nuts

FAQ

What’s the best apple variety for apple nachos?

Any apple variety works for apple nachos, but crisp, slightly tart apples like Granny Smith are my favorite. They hold up well, and their tartness pairs nicely with the sweet toppings.

How do you cut apples for apple nachos?

The best way to cut apples for apple nachos is into thin, round slices. You can use a mandoline slicer for super thin, even slices. Or just a good, sharp kitchen knife.

Can I use caramel instead of peanut butter?

Of course! Any type of caramel sauce will work for apple nachos. But to keep this recipe healthy and kid-friendly, opt for a homemade healthy caramel sauce like this one made with dates.

What are some good other toppings for apple nachos?

The sky’s the limit with apple nacho toppings! Some of my favorites are nuts, granola, chocolate chips, or shredded coconut. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Why I love these apple nachos

  • Such an easy recipe: it’s the perfect snack to prep in little time
  • A fun treat you can make with your kids that the whole family will enjoy
  • A great way to eat more fruit!
  • Naturally plant-based and gluten-free!

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Healthy Apple Nachos (Easy + Fun)

These healthy apple nachos with creamy peanut butter and crunchy chocolate nibs are the perfect 5-minute snack if you crave something sweet! Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Snack
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Sara Trezzi

Ingredients

  • 2 apples - (pink ladies, granny smith, honey crisp, fuji, or any other type)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter - (or any other nut butter)
  • 1 tbsp chocolate nibs - (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 tbs chopped hazelnuts - (or walnuts, peanuts, almonds, etc.)
  • The juice of half a lemon - optional
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon - optional

Instructions

  • Wash the apples. Cut them into quarters and remove the core. Then slice them into thin slices. Squeeze half a lemon on a plate and coat the apple slices. This will keep them from browning. Skip this step if you will eat the apple nachos straight away.
  • Layer the apples in a nice circle on a plate. 
  • Warm the peanut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. This will make it more spreadable and easy to drizzle on the apples. If you don't have a microwave, simply place the peanut butter in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water (bain-marie), stirring occasionally, until warm.
  • Drizzle the peanut butter on top of the apples, sprinkle with cinnamon, chocolate nibs, and chopped nuts. Enjoy!

Notes

Note 1: I used peanut butter, but almond butter or any other nut butter is a great alternative. And if you want to make your apple nachos extra decadent, try drizzling them with homemade Nutella
Note 2: If you don’t have cholate nibs, you can use chocolate chips.
How To Store: You can store apple nachos in the fridge in a glass container like this for 2-3 days. Just make sure to coat the apples with a good amount of lemon juice.  

Nutrition

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Sugar: 23g

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