Got 15 minutes? Then you can enjoy a delicious plate of Healthy Apple Nachos. They’re a stunner at the holiday dessert table and healthy too!
We fancy ourselves apple lovers at our house. An apple day keeps the doctor away…as the saying goes. You’ll find them in lunch boxes, at the bottom of my purse and in a big bowl on the counter.
Yep. Apple lovers. 🙂
Then, along came Ambrosia Apples…proof that not all apples are created equal.
The first time we tried this relatively new apple variety, it knocked our flip flops off (hey, we’re in Florida!) They are hands-down the sweetest apples we’ve ever tasted. And, sooo crisp. Nature’s candy! They truly live up to their name which means “Food of the Gods.”
I’m gushing. I know. But, they’re stunning to behold.
And, they’re easy to work with too. They don’t turn brown as quickly as other apples when they are sliced and they retain their shape in pies and tarts. They’re the perfect “chip” for Healthy Apple Nachos.
Toppings for Healthy Apple Nachos
What’s a girl to do with an irresistibly sweet apple? Make apple dessert nachos, of course!
These are the healthy toppings we used:
- Almond butter sweetened with honey. Any nut butter, including peanut butter or sunflower seed butter will work.
- Coconut flakes – we used unsweetened flakes 🙂
- Mini chocolate chips – dark chocolate chips are even better!
- Granola – any flavor
- Pomegranate seeds – add a special occasion touch. Check out how to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate which minimizes mess and stains.
Other toppings you may want to try (some of which are a little more indulgent):
- Raisins or dried fruit
- Chopped nuts or seeds
- Apple butter
- Caramel sauce
- Crushed pretzels
- Crumbled cookies
In less than 15 minutes, you (and your family or friends…of course) can sit down to a delicious plate of apple nachos. I’d even be in favor of having them for breakfast!
Tips to Assemble Apple Dessert Nachos
- Spread the apple slices out on several plates or a large platter before you begin the layering process…so each slice gets a share of the goodies. No stacking!
- The sweetened nut butter can be drizzled with a spoon when slightly heated. Or, spoon it into the corner of a plastic bag, nip the corner and pipe it over the apple slices.
- The apple slices can be any thickness desired or even wedges. Use the thickest setting on a mandolin or the apple slices are just too flimsy to pick up.
- Prep the topping ingredients ahead of time. Slice the apples closer to serving time if possible. Ambrosia apples will stay fresh for several hours or try some of these ways to stop apples from browning if you want to prepare the apples a day ahead of time!
They are sure to wow a crowd!
Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe Video
Watch how easy they are to make!
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Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe
- 4 Ambrosia Apples
- 1/4 cup almond butter or favorite nut butter; sunflower seed butter also works well
- 1 Tablespoon honey or agave nectar
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup granola
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- Slice apples into thin 1/4 inch slices (I used the 3 setting on a mandolin)
- Arrange slices on a platter slightly overlapping pieces.
- Stir almond butter and honey together and warm in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Drizzle almond butter mixture over apples.
- Scatter remaining ingredients over the apple slices.