Make It Easy Monday: Apple “Nachos”
With the onset of fall, it’s a prime time to pick apples. There are so many things you can make with fresh-picked apples, like homemade applesauce, apple pie or cobbler (using a gluten-free crust or crumbles), even adding slices of them into your gluten-free grilled cheese or topping your salad with them… The possibilities are endless!
Since we recently learned that apples are the fruit kids eat the most, why not use this favorite fruit to make a fun after-school snack for the kiddos (or anyone else who’s young at heart)? This easy-to-make snack is also easily modified to accommodate a variety of food allergies and taste preferences.
No cheese or beans required for these nachos! They are the perfect sweet treat for fall.
What you’ll need:
- One apple (not sure what kind to pick? Check out this Apple Variety Cheat Sheet for guidance!)
- A knife or an apple cutter
- Toppings of your choice—see below
How to make them:
- Cut apple into 8 wedges
- Arrange wedges on a plate
- Top with your favorite topping combination and serve!
Topping combination ideas:
Peanut Butter Chocoholic
- Melt peanut butter in microwave—just enough so it’s drizzle-able—and then drizzle it on the apple slices
- Sprinkle chocolate or carob chips on top
Bright & Colorful
- Squirt whipped cream on the apple slices
- Top with plain M&Ms or gluten-free rainbow sprinkles
Decadent Chocolate Cherry
- Drizzle chocolate sauce on the apple slices
- Top with dried cherries
- Top apple slices with whipped cream
- Sprinkle raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries on top
Caramel Apple Delight
- Drizzle caramel sauce on the apple slices
- Sprinkle chopped nuts on top
Tip: While apples are naturally gluten-free, you will need to do your homework to make sure the toppings you choose are also gluten-free! Always check the product label and packaging for any ingredients that could be troublesome to you or your family before consuming. Pay special attention to things like chopped nuts (some varieties are not safe for people with Celiac or gluten intolerance due to the way they’re manufactured). When in doubt, don’t eat it—choose a product you’re confident is safe for you and your family!