Gather some of your favorite apples and get ready to enjoy a simple, fun and delicious treat! I’m not sure why I haven’t made this yet, I guess it’s true that everything has its time. I’ve seen apple nachos here and there on the web over the last couple years, a quick google search will pull up all kinds of similar versions, but I never put it on my immediate to do list. With all the busyness going on in life right now, I was thinking of something easy to share here and this popped into mind. I’m so glad that the time has come because these are absolutely delicious! A well loved classic, and I can see why. It’s fresh, sweet (if using a sweet apple), with bits of chocolate and coconut flakes all topped with warm nut butter and cinnamon. What’s not to love?! I easily ate two apples and could’ve eaten more if in the end I felt like slicing up more. But really two was enough, and maybe one will be enough for you, but I highly recommend going ahead and slicing up 2 per person, just in case. If you don’t end up eating all the apple slices, the lemon juice will keep them from turning brown so you can make it with the leftovers the next day. This is also a great way to get in some protein that everyone seems to fuse over about a vegan diet. Where do you get your protein? How many times have I heard that. ;) Have no fear, this treat will give you about 8 grams of protein for every 2 tablespoons of nut butter you use (different butters may vary). Not too bad at all! This is a great snack for kids, as well as adults. I can see myself indulging in this quite often!
I was asked if I’d like to try out this gourmet raw almond butter from Dastony, and being that it’s from a small family business I said of course. I’m all about promoting small family run businesses, and they deliver a wonderful product that’s smooth & creamy! They have a quite a few butters to choose from, even a couple sprouted ones that look delicious, all of which may work well in this recipe. Their butters are 100% organic, stone ground, raw, vegan, and free from additives and preservatives. If you’re looking for that special nut butter as a gift or one for yourself to use every day, this is it!
If you can circle your apples similar to this, you’ll be sure to have a little of everything on every apple slice without causing too much mess when eating. But I sure didn’t mind liking my fingers clean and I’m sure you won’t mind either!
- 2 apples of choice
- 1/4 cup natural nut butter of choice
- small handful chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mini Chips)
- small handful shredded coconut
- small handful slivered almonds
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- hemp hearts
- cacao nibs
- raisins or currants
- ground cardamom
- pure maple syrup
Wash, core and cut your apples into 1/4 inch slices. I like to cut mine into quarters, take a small paring knife and carefully remove the core and upper and lower end where dirt may still be collected (even after washing). Lay apple quarters on a flat surface with the inside of the apple facing up, carefully slice your apple into 1/4 inch slices, you may even be able to get them into 1/8 inch slices if your extremely patient, even 1/2 inch slices is good too. Whatever thickness you prefer, no rules here! Place apple slices in a small bowl with the lemon juice, toss to coat.
Heat your nut butter just until warmed and somewhat runny. I like to heat mine by using a small silicon bowl placed in a small pot with just enough water to reach half way up the side of the silicon bowl, heat water on low and gently heat the nut butter until warm and drizzable.
On a serving plate, lay your apple slices in a single layer around the outside edge, then layer another small layer over those but towards the inside center of the plate (like shown in the picture above). Drizzle the nut butter in a circular motion, from the middle of the plate to the outside edge. You can also just zig zag the almond butter from one side to the other if you like. Again, no rules…just do what you feel is best! Top with chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almonds and sprinkle of cinnamon (or whatever you’ve chosen to use as your toppings). Enjoy this simple yet delicious treat!
Serves one generously, or two as a small plate.
Use red or green apples, you may even consider using one of each for a combination of sweet & tart.
Make this 100% raw by using raw nut butters, raw cacao chips and unsweetened shredded coconut.
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