A plate of crisp, sweet apple slices always goes over well with my kids. But drizzle and pile on their favorite toppings, and a good snack becomes an extra-special treat—and still a healthy one too!

These Apple Nachos are a fun twist on peanut butter and apples, one of my kids’ favorite snack combos. I used Stemilt’s Gala apples because they’ve got a mild sweet flavor and are perfect for eating out of hand. They’re readily available all year long. They also don’t tend to brown quickly. (You can use your favorite apple variety, and a squeeze of lemon juice will help keep them from browning.)

Apple Nachos are easy to pull together. Here’s how to assemble them:

Slice two apples and arrange the slices in a circular pattern on a plate.
Fill a small zip-top baggie with peanut butter and snip a small hole in one corner. Squeeze the nut butter from the bag onto the apples.
Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes.

You can also have fun with other toppings too. Some ideas:

•    Caramel sauce
•    Melted chocolate
•    Granola
•    Slivered almonds
•    Mini marshmallows
•    Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
•    Raisins or other dried fruit
•    Blueberries
•    Candy sprinkles
•    Sunflower Seeds


–Sally Kuzemchak