Apple Nachos

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Apple Nachos are quick and easy to make with basically limitless ways to make ’em! Not only do these make a nutritious snack, they can also be a totally tasty dessert (and a lot easier than making homemade caramel apples!)

Use any leftover apples in our popular apple pie, apple coffee cake, or these caramel-filled apple crumble bars.

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Apple Nachos

This post is more of an area of inspiration for creating your own apple nachos recipe — I’m sharing lots of ideas for how you can make your own including my favorite recipes — apple nachos healthy-inspired and caramel apple nachos

What Apples To Use

Use your favorite apples– green or red.

For nutritious apple nachos, we love using crisp and sweet apples as the base, so Honeycrisp or Fuji typically get used the most.

If we’re making dessert apple nachos, Granny Smith are our favorite. Since Granny Smith apples are tart they contrast nicely with sweeter, dessert toppings.

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Good Toppings For Apples

Nutritious toppings

  • Nut butters: a drizzle of roasted & salted peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. We especially love these RX maple nut butter packs (not sponsored!). 
  • A handful (or two) of granolagranola adds a fun contrasting & crunchy texture.
  • A handful (or two) of nuts: Try sliced or slivered almonds, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, chopped pistachios, chopped cashews, peanuts, etc.
  • Chia seeds: These small, unassuming seeds are packed with good nutrients, are rich in antioxidants, and provide fiber, iron, and calcium. They add a nice textural topping.
  • Dried fruits: Raisins, dried cranberries, currants, dried cherries, chopped dates, etc. are all great on top of these apple nachos.
  • Coconut: Toasted, unsweetened coconut adds a nice texture and flavor.
  • Sweetener: A drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar adds more sweetness
  • Spices: a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or apple spice adds a subtle complexity to the nachos

Dessert toppings

  • Caramel sauce: this homemade caramel sauce is very easy to make (no candy thermometer needed).
  • Chocolate chips: coarsely chopped chocolate bar or miniature chocolate chips. Use a couple different chips for a fun flavor (i.e. milk & white chocolate, dark & white chocolate, etc.)
  • Sprinkleshere’s a breakdown of different types of sprinkles, but we like jimmies best since they are the best to eat without being baked. Nonpareils will be too crunchy and may hurt your teeth.
  • M&M® Minis baking bits: the baking bits are cheaper and easier to find as opposed to small tubes of miniature M&Ms. They’re usually found with other baking chips in the baking aisle of the store.
  • Milk Chocolate English Toffee® bits: These are also usually found with other baking chips in the baking aisle of the store.
  • Candy: chop up some candy bars (like Snickers®, Reese’s®, Butterfingers®, etc.) or top with M&Ms® or Reese’s® Pieces

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How To Make Apple Nachos

  • Prep the apples: we recommend making apple nachos right before you’ll be eating them! Wash and dry the apples and then cut into thin slices, about 1/4th up to 1/2 an inch thick.
  • Layer the apples on a plate: circle slices around like you see in the photos. Not only does it look beautiful, it ensures you’ll have a little bit of everything on each apple slice without a huge mess in trying to eat them! Although, be warned, these do make a mess (doesn’t all the best food? :)).
  • Top: warm up the nut butter or caramel sauce and drizzle over the apples. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy promptly!

Overhead image of the almond butter, peptic, and cranberry version of these treats

Apple Nachos FAQs

1What can I pair with apples?

Beyond nachos, if you have some leftover apples and want to make a quick snack, here are some great pairings:

2How do you keep an apple from turning brown?

Create a water bath for the apple slices with a ratio of 1 cup cool water with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Soak apple slices for 3-5 minutes, then drain and rinse them. Throughly dry and enjoy apples that don’t brown for several hours.

3Which apples are best with peanut butter?

Our favorites with peanut butter are gala, fuji, honey-crisp, or pink lady.

4How do you keep caramel from sliding off apples?

Make sure the apples are dry! If the slices are overly wet, the caramel will just slide off.

Additionally, if the caramel sauce is too warm, it will also slide off.

5How long will apple nachos last?

We like making apple nachos right before eating — this is when they’re best. Yes, there are some ways to keep the apples from browning, but they’re definitely the most crisp and tasty right after being cut.

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Apple Nachos

5 from 2 votes
Apple Nachos are quick and easy to make with basically limitless ways to make 'em! Not only do these make a nutritious snack, they can also be a totally tasty dessert (and a lot easier than making homemade caramel apples!)
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Apple Nachos

5 from 2 votes
Apple Nachos are quick and easy to make with basically limitless ways to make 'em! Not only do these make a nutritious snack, they can also be a totally tasty dessert (and a lot easier than making homemade caramel apples!)
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword apple nachos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 248kcal
Author Chelsea Lords

Ingredients

Nutritious Apple Nachos

  • 2 large cold Honeycrisp or Fuji apples, Note 1
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips Note 2
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
  • Optional: drizzle of honey or maple syrup for sweeter nachos
  • Other ideas: melted dark chocolate drizzle, toasted coconut, chia seeds, granola, chopped roasted & lightly salted nuts, etc.

Caramel Apple Nachos

Instructions

  • APPLES: Prep apples (Note 1) and lay apple slices in a single layer around the outside of your plate. Layer more on top in a circular motion towards the inside of the plate.
  • NUT BUTTER OR CARAMEL: Place nut butter or caramel in a small heat proof bowl and heat until just warm (not hot), about 10-15 seconds in the microwave. Transfer to a small plastic bag and cut off the tip. Pipe generously over the apple slices.
  • TOP NACHOS: Top with desired toppings of choice adding as much or as little as you'd like. That's it, dig in! These are best enjoyed right after being made!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Apples: Before making, store apples in the fridge -- these are best with cold apples! Wash, dry, and thinly slice (1/4th-1/2-inch thick) the apples. The choice of apples is up to your personal preference, but I like the tartness of Granny Smiths when making dessert nachos. They help moderate the sweetness of the toppings. For more nutritious apple nachos, we like using Honeycrisp or Fuji. But there are plenty of other great choices, and it would be pretty to alternate red and green apple slices!
Apples: Make Ahead: We recommend eating this apple nachos right after making them (that's when they taste best!), but if they are going to sit out for a little, we recommend the following: Create a water bath for the apple slices with a ratio of 1 cup cool water with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Soak apple slices for 3-5 minutes, then drain and rinse them. Throughly dry and enjoy apples that don't brown for several hours.
Note 2: Toppings: The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons up to a 1/4 cup of the various toppings, but feel free to modify as you like -- these are your nachos just add what you want and how much of what you want. (Really, a small handful is what I use, but that's hard to quantify when calculating nutritional information!)
Note 3: Caramel Sauce: You can use a store-bought one or our preference is homemade. This homemade caramel sauce is so easy to make (no candy thermometer needed) and ridiculously tasty!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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