Chef’s Corner: Apple Nachos

It can be challenging coming up with easy, healthy snacks for the family, especially when the schedule after school is overwhelming with baseball practice, lessons of some sort and planning dinner. Everywhere we go, there’s a temptation to buy a sugar-loaded snack to feed “hangry” children, and trust me I’ve been guilty of doing just that.

Apple Nachos is a fun and easy snack loaded with protein, fiber and antioxidants. Cut apples ahead of time and squeeze lemon juice over them to preserve their healthy crispy flesh from turning brown; then make it on the fly. Also, it’s a great snack to make for movie night, game night or any night.

Apple Nachos

Ingredients

3 crispy and slightly tart apples (like Gala, Cameo or Jonagold)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons creamy natural almond butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Slice apples into thin slices.
Lightly spritz the apples with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
Put almond butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds, if not melted, return it to the microwave, checking at 30-second intervals, until very runny.
Drizzle the melted almond butter over the apples; reserving one tablespoon.
Top with almonds, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips.
Drizzle the remaining almond butter on top.
Note: You can be creative and use different toppings.

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