Friday, February 14, 2014

Loaded Apple Nachos

Okay. Let's be honest. I took a perfectly good-for-you food item 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 classroom cards around. I knew I had a big basket of apples on the counter and had remembered seeing apple nachos online somewhere 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 Valentine's 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.} 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
2 tablespoons store-bought jarred caramel sauce
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


Warm peanut butter in a small bowl in the microwave for about thirty seconds or until pourable. Do the same for the caramel.

Use a mini cookie cutter {mine was a small star 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 half of the caramel. Top with remaining apple slices. Drizzle on the remaining peanut butter and caramel. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and top with sprinkles of your choice.

Serve immediately.

08/12/17: Updated photos and made clarifications to post/recipe.


  1. Awww, I totally love these! What a fun snack/dessert for the kiddos! I mean, sure, you loaded the apples up with sweet stuff....but they're still eating apples, right? That's what's important here :)