Remember Ants on a Log from your childhood? (Celery stalks with Skippy peanut butter and raisins.) Check out this variation. It is crunchy, creamy and chewy, sweet and salty, crisp and juicy – a lot going on with just three ingredients.
To make it, all you need is your favorite crisp apple, peanut butter and some dried fruit.
Slice the apple into 1/2 inch rounds. I prefer honeycrisp).
Punch out the seeds.
Side note: Our kids call this the star cut because core makes a star shape in the center of the apple. Little things that catch kid’s interest makes it easy to get them to try different or healthier food ideas.
Smear the apple with natural peanut butter. Many grocery stores have setups for you to grind your own peanut butter. This bypasses the added refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil often added to commercially prepared peanut butter.
Sprinkle the top with dried fruit. Currently, my family is digging dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice.
This selection of ingredients yields a natural snack with 0 grams of added sugar.
Also Daniel Plan friendly
Try other nut butters – freshly ground cashew and almond butters are also widely available.
Explore other fruit toppings, dried pineapple, figs, apricots.
Instead of fruit, top with mini milk chocolate chips or a shaving a dark chocolate.
Take it from a snack to a dessert by baking the apples until slightly soft, sprinkle with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg, then add the peanut butter and fruit and heat till soft and gooey….
What are you snacking on?