June 04, 2013

Apple Nachos


If you read my birthday recap post back in April, you may remember that I was given a fun new kitchen toy that I was really excited about: a spiralizer. Even though I haven't posted any recipes yet using my spiralizer, I have definitely been busy testing it out!

One of my favourite discoveries so far is that it isn't only useful for making noodles out of vegetables - it actually has three different blades ranging from skinny to wide, and the wide blade can be used sort of like a mandolin to make thin shavings.

After brainstorming about what I could make with this handy setting, I remembered an idea I had seen throughout the blogosphere for making apple nachos. The basic idea is to layer thinly sliced apples on a plate, sprinkle them with your choice of sweet toppings, and voila - you have apple nachos!


Most of the recipes that I've seen turn the nachos into more of a dessert with toppings like caramel sauce, chocolate chips, and marshmallows, but I wanted to make a healthier version that could be eaten as an afternoon snack.

For my version, I made a peanut-cinnamon sauce using another one of my birthday gifts, PB2 powdered peanut butter, and used toasted pecans, coconut flakes, and raw cacao nibs as the other toppings.

I actually wasn't even planning on sharing my snack on my blog, but I ended up liking it so much that I had to  post the recipe! I loved the texture of the apples - slicing them so thin made them taste extra light and crisp, and they could easily be bent to scoop up the toppings.

I also liked the mixture of crunchy nuts and cacao nibs sprinkled on top, and my favourite part had to be the tasty peanut-cinnamon sauce - yum!  I think this would be a fun snack to make with kids, or for anyone looking for a healthy treat that still tastes like dessert.

And stay tuned later this week for another version of raw nachos!


Apple Nachos
Inspired by Manifest Vegan

2 tbsp PB2*
2 tbsp almond milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp chopped pecans
2 tbsp coconut flakes
Raw cacao nibs
Drizzle of pure maple syrup
1 medium apple
Lemon juice

Start by making the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk or stir together the PB2 and almond milk until smooth. Stir in the cinnamon. Set aside. (Note: *If you don't have PB2, I would suggest using 1 tbsp peanut butter and either thinning it with a bit of almond milk or yogurt, or melting it in the microwave as the original recipe suggested). 

Heat a small skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add pecans and toast for a few minutes, until browned and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the coconut flakes to the skillet and toast briefly, just as soon as they start to turn brown. Remove and set aside.

Slice your apple using the largest blade on a spiralizer (Note: I cut a small slit a few millimeters deep down the length of the apple first, from top to bottom, so that I would end up with separate apple pieces rather than a long unseparated strand). If you don’t have a spiralizer, you could try using a mandolin, or use a knife to get as thin slices as possible.

Once you’ve gone through half of the apple, drizzle the slices with lemon juice to prevent browning. Finish slicing the apple and drizzle more lemon juice over the slices.

Spread the apple slices out on a large plate. Drizzle the peanut sauce over top, then sprinkle the pecans, coconut flakes, and a handful of cacao nibs on top. Finish with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup if desired. 

Serves 1-2.

This was submitted to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert & Dogs.

15 comments:

  1. I adore this snack! Totally going to try this!

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  2. Love how creative you've been with your spiralizer! These look like such a fun snack!

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  3. What a fantastic idea! Looks delicious. What a great snack and/or dessert.

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  4. What a great idea! I bet the tool would come in handy for slicing apples for apple pie too :)

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  5. those apples look SO THIN, just like nachos! this looks delicious and i love that you made it healthy and not really indulgent. i've been curious about pb2 for years. you like it?

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    1. They did get super thin (thinner than I could ever do with a knife on my own)! I do like the pb2 a lot for taste and texture. So far I've mostly used it in smoothies and I tried it in energy balls. I still want to experiment with baking. I guess the main advantage is that it's lower in fat than peanut butter, but overall I doubt I would buy it again because I don't see a lot of extra uses for it over regular peanut butter!

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  6. I love this idea! Apples are one of my favorite snacks and this is a great way to make them a little more exciting. :) I really need a spiralizer now!

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    1. I feel like I got so much more out of one apple by slicing them this way! Also, my spiralizer was relatively inexpensive compared to other brands, and I've already used it enough to make it worth it!

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  7. This is brilliant! I would have never thought to do this...but it looks like such a delicious and healthy snack. I know that kids would love it too! Thank you for sharing. I'm glad I found your blog tonight!

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    1. Thanks Monet, glad to have you as a new visitor! I love when I get to sit down to a snack that is creative and fun to eat, rather than a boring grab-and-go snack like a granola bar (if you have the time to make it, that is)!

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  8. Wow! What a treat! I can't wait to give this recipe a try- it would be a great addition to 5-Ingredient Mondays (http://siftstirandsavour.com/2013/06/09/5-ingredient-mondays-watercress-soup-sunflower-seed-hummus-orange-julius-kale-salad/), if you're interested :)

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  9. I can't wait to try this! I recently ordered the same spiralizer, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I already planned on doing zucchini noodles but this looks like another great idea. I like my apples sliced really thin but it's a PITA to do it so I usually don't eat apples (oops!). This will be a great way to get some apples eaten. :)

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    1. That's exciting that you've got a brand new spiralizer to experiment with! Definitely try the zucchini noodles, they were the first thing I made with mine and I was amazed! And it does a great job at making super thin slices - a bonus that I didn't realize it could do until I started playing around with it!

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  10. Did you core the apple before putting it on your spiralizer?

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    1. Sorry for the late reply! I did not core the apple first..when it goes through the spiralizer, there will be a portion of the core that doesn't get used anyway, so it's not really necessary to remove it first. Then you can just discard any remaining seeds if there are any!

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