These healthy apple nachos are sweet, yummy, coconutty, and chocolatey. A quick healthy snack you can make for the whole family.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan (with vegan chocolate chips).
This spectacular-looking plate of Apple Nachos is a combination of healthy stuff, crunchy stuff, spices, and taste!
Everyone will want to tuck into this fantastic snack – It’s a feast for both the stomach and the eyes!
This display of Apple Nachos has been covered with a delightful sprinkling of coconut, chocolate, and hemp and a drizzle of nut butter.
Fresh ingredients don’t come much better looking than this, and it’s an easy and impressive snack to place on any table, anywhere!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Apples – These Nachos can be made with any apple you fancy. Red-skinned dessert apples are lovely and sweet, but you may prefer the crisp, fresh green ones.
Lemon – Essential for keeping the apple slices from going brown, so this ingredient can’t be skipped!
Nut butter – Any nut butter could be used. Cashew, almond, and peanut go well, but you could use a seed butter instead.
Dark chocolate chips – The darker, the better. Try and choose a brand that is at least 70% cocoa, giving a much more intense taste.
Shredded coconut – Use the sweetened variety as it will give you a much better balance of flavor for this dish, plus it’s much better for you.
Cinnamon – You can omit this or use ground ginger if you wish, but it goes perfectly with apples and chocolate, the perfect pairing!
Hemp seeds – Use the hulled hemp seeds here or hemp hearts. You need to have the soft but nutty texture that these will bring. You could use another type of seed here if you like.
How to Make Healthy Apple Nachos
Start by coring your apples. Cut into slices, keeping them as flat as possible as it will be easier to display on your plate.
Add the apple slices to a bowl and squeeze in the lemon juice. A good lemon juicer is a great kitchen gadget as it can make this job much easier and fruitful!
Toss the apple to make sure it is fully coated in the lemon juice.
Display the apple slices on a plate, laying out flat, so they are all visible.
Warm your nut butter in a microwave for around 20-30 seconds. It needs to be runnier enough to drizzle, but don’t overheat it.
Drizzle the butter in a circular motion to cover as much of the apples as possible.
Lastly, sprinkle over the chocolate chips, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and hemp seeds, getting an even coating all over.
What Other Toppings Can You Add to Apple Nachos?
There are lots of other toppings you can add to your Apple Nachos. Here are some different flavor combinations that would look good and taste great!
Melted dark chocolate, a little diced mild chili, and grated lime juice.
Raspberries, melted dark chocolate, and chopped hazelnuts.
Strawberries, a drizzle of yogurt, or melted white chocolate and chopped mint leaves.
Toffee Sauce, banana slices, and biscuit crumbs.
Chopped cherries, flaked almonds, and a drizzle of low sugar jam.
Chopped flapjack or oat cereal, chopped stem ginger, and a drizzle of syrup from the jar!
Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, and honey.
Diced Pear, agave syrup, and chopped walnuts.
Remember to always add your lemon juice to prevent your apple browning!
Why Are Apples Healthy?
Apples are a great source of vitamins and minerals and can boost your diet with lots of healthy stuff. There are 1000s of different varieties out there, but they all contain the same nutritional elements that your body will love you for.
Apples contain a plant compound called pectin, which is thought to help lower cholesterol.
Apples are known to promote gut health, providing helpful fiber and will regulate the gut microbiome.
They contain Vitamin C, which will help to promote a healthy immune system, so perfect to be eating during the coughs and cold season.
Apples provide a source of potassium, essential for nerve health and metabolism.
They are easy to grab and eat, making them a simple snack to help avoid processed foods.
A number of phytochemicals in the apple provide antioxidants to the body. These help manage free radicals, which can be responsible for chronic conditions, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
They are a natural sweetener, so they can replace the need for processed sugars – have you tried making bakes with apple puree? They provide a great texture and sweetness you’ll love!
What Spices Pair with Chocolate?
There are so many combinations that go well with chocolate so let your imagination run riot! Add any of these are an excellent place to start –
Ginger is a fantastic pairing – chopped crystalized, grated fresh root or chopped stem ginger would be great!
Orange is a lovely partnership with chocolate. Add the zest for an intense taste of orange.
Mint! Add chopped fresh mint leaves to chocolate and prepare to be surprised.
Raspberries go well with chocolate – their acidic flavor mingles with sweet chocolate giving a tasty combo.
Nuts love chocolate – so take your pick.
Try chili, diced with white pith removed.
A little lime zest and some coconut flakes. Simple.
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- 2 medium apples
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, sunflower, cashew, etc.)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- Core your apples and slice them, keeping them as flat as possible.
- Add the apple slices to a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and toss to coat.
- Warm your nut butter in a microwave for around 20-30 seconds until it’s soft enough to drizzle. Don’t overheat it.
- Get out a large plate and layout your apple slices in a single layer. Try to cover the whole plate and use all of its surface.
- Drizzle the butter in a circular motion, top up with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and hemp seeds.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 small plates Serving Size: 1 small plate
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10.4gCholesterol: 1.1mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 32gNet Carbohydrates: 26gFiber: 6gSugar: 21gProtein: 7.2g
Nutritional values were obtained with automatic software using the amounts of products used. To get the most accurate representation of the nutritional values, you should calculate them with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for the nutritional information obtained to be accurate.