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Weekly Recipe #284: Apple Nachos

Photo credit: Allyson Kramer/Flickr

By Caitlin Miller, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – MNT track]

We all know there are so many tempting appetizers at football parties, like the classic hot wings, championship chili bowls and loaded game-day nachos.

But did you know that apples can make a delicious and healthy appetizer for football parties, all while boosting our health? This sweet take on “nachos” is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
It’s no surprise that apples are healthy for us, but what is surprising is just how many health benefits they have. The saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are a good source of fiber, promote weight loss and heart health, and are rich in antioxidants.

Apple Nachos

(Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • ¼ cup nut butter, melted (try all-natural peanut butter without added sugar)
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 3 tbsp. dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 3 tbsp. pecans
  • 3 tbsp. raisins
  • Coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. Core and thinly slice the apples. Lay the apples on top of a platter. To keep the apples from browning too fast, lightly spritz the apples with lemon juice.
  2. Mix together the peanut butter and honey in a separate bowl and microwave for 15 to 20 seconds, until soft and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle peanut butter and honey mixture over the apple slices.
  3. Add your toppings: chocolate chips, slivered almonds, pecans, raisins and/or coconut flakes. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Per Serving: 197 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 5 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber; 41 mg sodium.

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