Okay. Let's be honest. I took a perfectly good-for-you food ingredient and made it kinda unhealthy. Yep. I sure did. But, sometimes it's okay to be naughty in the name of fun.
It was Valentine's Day Eve and my kiddos had already finished dinner. We were finishing up homework and getting everyone's V-Day classmate cards around. I knew I had a big basket of apples on the counter and had remembered seeing apple nachos on Taste of Home's website not too long ago.
In about five minutes, I had these nachos on the table for them to snack on. Had I been thinking straight, I would have thought about all of those goodies and treats they'd be getting at school the following day at their V-Day parties. And, I might have just served them up some plain, boring apples slices since their sugar intake was already gonna be soaring through the roof come the following afternoon.
But, I wasn't thinking. (I do that from time to time.) So, Loaded Apple Nachos they got. They devoured them. And, if I'm being perfectly honest, I kind of used my finger and scooped up the leftover caramel and peanut butter goodness that was left behind on the plate once all of the apples were gone. (Shhh!)
This really isn't much of a recipe. You can top the apples with so many different items per your preference. Add on some nuts. Drizzle on some hot fudge. Once we started digging into these, we went back and added some course salt on top ... it took these over the top. (Highly recommended!)
Below you'll find what I used to whip up this treat that made my kids fall in love with me (or, was it the apple nachos?) the night before Valentine's Day.
2 large apples, washed, unpeeled and sliced thin
3 tablespoons peanut butter, warmed for 20 - 30 seconds in the microwave
Store-bought caramel sauce
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Use a mini cookie cutter (mine was a flower shape) to cut out the center core part of each apple slice.
Layer about half of the apples onto a large plate. Drizzle on half of the melted peanut butter and some caramel. Top with the remaining apple slices. Drizzle on the remaining peanut butter and some additional caramel. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and top with sprinkles of your choice.
NOTE: If you don't plan to serve immediately, apples slices can be tossed with a little lemon juice to help them not discolor.