Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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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!

Healthy Apple Nachos on a Plate

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.

We also make apple chips and microwave baked apples topped with granola.

Yep. Apple lovers. 🙂

4 Ambrosia apples standing upright on cloth napkin

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!

Serving of Healthy Apple Nachos on plate

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!

Apple Dessert Nachos on a plate with apples in background

They are sure to wow a crowd!

Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe Video

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Healthy Apple Nachos Recipe

Got 15 minutes? Then you can enjoy a delicious plate of Apples Dessert Nachos apples. They will be the stunner of your holiday dessert table and they're healthy too!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 228kcal


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 4g | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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Healthy Apple Dessert Nachos on plate with apples in background



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  1. Since it’s a fruit, I am TOTALLY having this for breakfast! Pinned!

  2. Total apple lover! And granola lover, and chocolate lover, and coconut lover….yea, these are perfect!

  3. What a beautiful presentation! So fun for the holidays.

  4. These look delicious! I love Ambrosia apples.

  5. Those nachos look delicious and are beautiful!! I don’t think I’ve had much of Ambrosia apples before, this makes me want to find some!

  6. I just tried the ambrosia apples yesterday at the NY Produce Show- they were awesome and now I know exactly what to do with the bag I took home with me! Question – how did you get the core out so beautifully?!

  7. Love this for an after-school snack… oh, for the kids too. HA.

  8. My kids LOVE apples! But I’ve never made them as fun as you have. I think they are gong to like this!!

  9. Such a fabulous snack idea! I love this and my kids would too!

  10. We are a family of apple lovers, too – and holy cow, I’m getting requests for it from behind my shoulder! 😉 YUM.

  11. I need to find these apples. We eat a lot of them here, and super sweet crisp ones are my favorite! Love the nacho ideas, all the different variations are great!

  12. I love nut butters with apples, so I am dying to try these. I haven’t had Ambrosia apples before, but will look for them next time I shop.

  13. Kind of in love with everything about this. Simple, clean, healthy, and delicious. I could use more desserts like this in my life.

  14. I would actually eat this for breakfast!! Pinning!

  15. I don’t think I’ve seen Ambrosia apples before. I’m going to seek them out at Whole Foods when I’m there tonight! These “nachos” look great and almond butter for the win!

  16. These look amazing! My kids would devour them in seconds!

  17. Ooh, how fun!! And beautiful!! I’ve never had ambrosia apples and now I want some. I want my flip flops knocked out too!!

  18. I have to comment again about how your Instagram vid of these was amazing. I’m still like, WOW! And now I know of a new variety of apples to look for at the store! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. What a fun and delicious way to enjoy Ambrosia Apples! I’ll take the whole plate please 😉

  21. What a fun idea. My kid would LOVE these.

  22. What a gorgeous plate!

  23. I am obsessed with desserts! Definitely ambrosia apple dessert nachos will be yummy! I’m seriously so inspired right now. I need to add cinnamon to recipe and it would be perfect. Thx for sharing!

  24. These ambrosia apple dessert nachos very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today!

  25. Fantastic photos, and amazing looking ambrosia apple dessert nachos! I am obsessed with healthy desserts! I’ll try it! Thanks a lot for sharing!

  26. taylor johnson @tayloright says

    What a creative idea! Thanks!

  27. I was searching the internet for a recipe that’s unique as well as delicious and I was delighted to find this!

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