Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

You may have seen the recipe for apple nachos on our website before.It is one of the most popular recipes we have and a treat I really love to eat, I mean, make. I really love to serve this to guests and it is always a huge success.However, there is a limit to how many nights a week it is wise to eat caramel.Like, every evening is maybe not the healthy choice. I know because I’ve done it.

As a healthier option for the other 6 nights a week, I offer you Peanut Butter Apple Nachos.

All the fun of the caramel nachos, but instead of the sugar, you get a little protein punch.When I was a young kid, a baby sitter gave me apples and peanut butter for a snack.I thought this was a crazy weird snack idea. Then I tried it, and I’ve never gone back.This recipe takesthat classic snack up a notch from a blob of P.B. on a plate with some apples, but the concept remains the same.

The apple peanut butter combo really is delicious, and also the sweet of the apple with the salty of the peanut butter just really hits the spot and satisfies that craving for a snack.

I recommend Honeycrisp for this recipe because they have such a great snap!

“Honeys”, as we call them in the family, are just so incredibly crunchy and awesome.Also – they naturally brown more slowly then some of our other varieties which is handy if they are cut on a tray for a couple hours before you serve them.But truly any eating apple would work for this recipe.Have a look our apple encyclopedia to learn more about all our apple varieties as well as some storage tips.

To start the recipe, slice the apples and lay them on a plate or platter. When I am slicing up apples I like to start by quartering them, then remove the core with a paring knife on each quarter. I find them easier to slice nicely once they are in quarters.

It doesn’t take many apples – for both a large plate (to share) and a small plate (to not share) I used only 2 honeycrisp. So most likely 3 of any other kind of apple, since Honeycrisp tend to be pretty much massive.Try not to overlap your slices too much, for maximum topping coverage.

Once your slices are ready, it’s time to melt some peanut butter.I usedjust under one quarter cup of peanut butter, but measuring peanut butter is a messy operation, so I suggest just putting a scoop into a microwaveable dish and not worrying if it is exactly a quarter cup.

Microwave the bowl of peanut butter to get it to a drizzling consistency.Start with 20 seconds then stir, then try 10 seconds at a time after that if it is not melty yet.

I have tried both natural and creamy peanut butter for this recipe and they both take a different approach.

Creamy peanut butter melts very quickly.20 seconds in my microwave and then a good stir was all it took to be ready to drizzle. If slowly runs off a spoon it is a good consistency for drizzling.

Natural peanut butter really doesn’t get as runny– no matter how much you heat it. I heated it about 50 seconds total and it never ran off my spoon. So I used my drizzle hack – the snack size ziplock.Spoon your warm peanut butter into a little ziplock bag and seal it tightly shut.

Cut off a tiny corner of the ziplock with a sharp pair of scissors or a knife.Squeeze the peanut butter through the hole and drizzle away!This method could be used for the creamy peanut butter as well; it is certainly easier to make it look pretty this way.

When drizzling, I find it works well to move your spoon in big wide circles, and to not move too slowly.

Now you get to add your toppings! I chopped up a handful of pecans and scattered 2 Tablespoons of mini chocolate chips over the top. Shredded coconut, raisins, or dried cranberries are some other options.

Serve this within a couple hours of prepping. While this recipe is great for serving a crowd it also works well on smaller plates for individual servings.

Happy Honeycrisp season!

Leah

Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: none

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 Honeycrisp Apples
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • sprinkle with your favourite topping (nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, cranberry...)

Instructions:

  1. Wash and slice apples
  2. melt peanut butter in microwave for 20 seconds and stir
  3. If using natural peanut butter, use the ziplock method mentioned above
  4. drizzle over sliced apples
  5. sprinkle with desired toppings
  6. serve within a couple hours of preparation

 

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