My favorite season has got to be Fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the leaves changing color on the trees, pumpkins, warm sweaters, and harvest. Fall foods are so comforting and warm, especially stews, soups, pumpkin, and apples! We are big fans of apples in our house. We love all the different varieties of apples, with Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Gala being our favorite. They are all so unique in flavor; I could talk about apples for days. Which is why I love easy apple snacks for kids.
Because I have small children, it’s important that I have healthy and nutritious snacks on hand. My kids love to eat, but most days, they would probably prefer to snack rather than sit down for a full meal. I often have to draw a hard line about eating all day long, but I also like to make snack time enjoyable and fun. My eldest son will pretty much eat anything, but my one-year-old is a fussy eater. I find it helps to have cute interactive snacks, funny faces and shapes, and foods that both of them can get involved in preparing.
Today I am sharing a few of our favorite apple snacks for kids. They are easy to make, super healthy, delicious, and most importantly, fun! My kids go nuts over them.
Apple, Grape, and Cheese Kabobs
Things you will need: wooden skewers, apple cubes, whole grapes, and cheese cubes.
To assemble, in an alternating pattern, gently slide three pieces of apple, two grapes, and three cheese cubes onto a wooden skewer. If you are serving these kababs to little children under three years old, you may want to snip the pointy end off of the skewer, so they don’t poke themselves.
Cinnamon Apple Chips
Things you will need: 2 – 3 apples, cinnamon sea salt.
Preheat the oven to 225ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchments paper. Decore the apples and leave the skin on. Cut into thin strips, no larger than ⅛ inch thick, using either a sharp knife or a mandoline. Lay the apple slices onto the parchment paper making sure they don’t touch. Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt. Place the baking sheets into the oven and bake for 1 hour. Flip the apples and bake for an additional hour. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container for a week.
Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Parfait
Things you will need: 2 apples, ¼ cup of sugar, ½ tsp of cinnamon, plain or vanilla yogurt.
In a small saucepan, add the peeled and chopped apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a low simmer and cook until apples are soft. You may need to add a bit of water if the apples are looking too dry. Remove from the stove and let cool. Serve over yogurt. Store in the fridge for a week.
Nut Butter Apple Slices with Assorted Toppings
Things you will need: 2 apples, nut butter (cashew, almond, sunflower, or peanut), toppings (almonds, cashews, walnuts, granola, raisins, dried cranberries, coconut, chocolate chips)
Decore the apple. Slice it into ¼ inch thick rounds. Spread a tbsp of nut butter onto each slice. Decorate with favorite toppings.
Caramel Dip with Apple Slices
Things you will need: 2 apples, store-bought, or homemade caramel dip.
Cut the apples into wedges. Serve with caramel dip.