Apple Nachos!

I have no clue where I originally saw this idea years ago–but in today’s blogging world, apple nachos have become just about as ubiquitous as raw ballz…

But, there may still be a few folks remaining who aren’t tuned into all the apple nacho hoopla.

If you’ve never tried them, give ‘em a whirl! They are ridiculously easy and taste much more awesome than they sound. Plus, my kids LOVE them as a midday snack. And did I mention how silly easy these are to toss together? Almost as easy as raw ballz. ;)

Obviously this isn’t a recipe–use your imagination and your fave toppings to make THE perfect apple nachos!

I used (to feed 1 1/2 kids and 2 adults):

  • 3 crispy and slightly tart apples (we ♥ honeycrisp! yum…)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

For these, I sliced up some apples thin enough so it would be easy to eat the slice in one or two bites. I also lightly spritzed the apples with lemon juice to keep them from browning too fast.

Then I melted some peanut butter–until it was super runny–and drizzled it all over the apples. Next, I topped the apples and peanut butter with unsweetened flaked coconut, sliced almonds, a few pecans and, of course, chocolate chips. And finally, I drizzled a little more peanut butter onto the plate. Ya know, for good measure.

Couldn’t get much easier! Be sure to eat these with your hands, just like real nachos. :)

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144 Responses to Apple Nachos!

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  4. Tammy Pridmore says:

    Do you know how many carbs these have?

  5. Jocosmom says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m also wondering how this would be to heat, with all the chocolate gooey on the top and the nuts being slightly toasted.

  6. G’day! What a GREAT idea, true!
    I might have to put this one my list to do!
    I recently made what I think is a unique apple dessert on my blog should you wish to do!
    Cheers! Joanne

  7. Marsha says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I’ve never heard of apple nachos before and I think my kids will love it!

  8. I love this idea. I know what my next snack will be!

  9. SANDRA says:

    THESE ARE AWESOME, TRY LEAVING OUT THE CHOCOLATE AND DRIZZLE WITH CARAMEL DIPPING SAUCE. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Bethan says:

    Lovely! I used organic crunchy pb, didn’t really drizzle so much as dollop, but still v tasty. Also used a cheap, dark chocolate and smashed it up to make chips. I think I would recommend it as it reduces the amount of sugar in the snack. My little one loved it and so did I!

  11. marlene braun says:

    This was excellent! My boys loved it! My natural pb didn’t get all melty though…hmmm? I used Adams naural crunchy pb!

  12. tania says:

    just made the dish and it was delicious, thank you for the recipe! PS on mine i added a layer of bananas and strawberries. i would recommend chilling it a bit prior to eating. thank you again! look forward to looking through your other recipes.

  13. Kate says:

    I found this on pinterest but forgot to repin it! When I went back to look for it, I found that this blog used your picture and your words: http://pinterest-my.blogspot.com/search/label/Apple%20nachos . I am making these for superbowl tomorrow, thanks for the recipe!

  14. Cristina says:

    I am definitely making this for dessert tonight! Using chopped walnuts with the almonds since I am out of pecans! I’ve been craving an apple dessert for a while now! So glad I saw this quick treat!

  15. Tor says:

    GENIUS! I am so bad for eating apples with half a jar of peanut butter. This looks so decadent and yummy, I bet it would be really good with almond or hazelnut butter.

  16. Kristen says:

    I eat the paleo way (or primal, or caveman) and while I do think that grains & sugars should be avoided I don’t think this would be against my diet at all — its apples and nuts. :D the only thing I’ll do is substitute almond butter for the peanut butter because we don’t eat legumes. And it’s definitely decadent — couldn’t eat it every day haha! Apples do have a high amount of sugar compared to other fruits.

  17. [...] There is so much room to play around with this. Try different nuts… walnuts, pecans, chestnuts… all sound awesome. Instead of peanut butter try sunflower butter, etc. The point is customize it and have fun with it. See her recipe. [...]

  18. this looks so yummy! quite new for me i must say. never tried this before.

  19. Chad Jones says:

    I love nachos, but apple nachos is new to me and my taste is craving to test it. It’s luscious-looking!

  20. Nova says:

    This sounds delicious! And is perfect for my coworker who has been having a hard time cutting out a lot of foods due to her allergies.
    Thank you!

  21. Ines says:

    Teddi Bear brand and Nut ‘n Better peanut butters are natural and organic and are a “runny” type peanut butter when first opened. After you refrigerate them, they firm up but if you made these nachos with a new jar of these peanut butters, you wouldn’t have to melt them, just drizzle.

  22. Kathy O says:

    wow – what a fabulous idea. Healthy snack or dessert. I will definitely make this one.

  23. Jerri Applin says:

    I’mglad Iread all the comments 1st.I’m trying this today.Thanks to all for the input!

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  25. Kim says:

    This looks soooo good! I’ll have to try this for my next cookout! It would make a great dessert

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  30. Katarina says:

    This looks amazing, such a brilliant idea!

  31. Marina says:

    Ooooh a must try!! Mmmm!

  32. Tammy says:

    These look really good…and would be great at a Halloween party this October. We could add some Halloween sprinkles and let the kids make their own little apple nachos.
    thanks!

    Or my daughters b’day party in September. LOL

  33. What an absolutely brilliant idea! I, too, have missed the apple nacho hoopla. I don’t have kids, but I imagine that these are great for adults too!! I, for one, would love a treat like this instead of a crazy-heavy dessert. I also realize that I definitely need a lemon juice “spritzer” in my life! Why have i not thought of that before?! Brilliant idea!

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  35. Kimyada says:

    These look so delicious! I can’t wait to make them.

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  37. theresa ruiter says:

    I made these and they were delicious. I took reduced fat peanut butter and place in a bowl. I added Log Cabin sugar-free maple syrup to make the peanut butter to the desired consistancy. It dribbled perfectly over the apples and the butter-maple flavor of the syrup only inhanced the peanutbutter (and I used the crunchy type) Finish with the toppings you like..You can even sub carob for the choc chips and make it even more healthy with no change in taste. Or use the little mini cho chips. Wonderful for kids and adults.

  38. Elaine says:

    WOW! Delish- happen to have all ingredients on hand and my husband and 14 yr old daughter loved them! I only buy natural pb and it doesn’t melt so well, but I kinda plopped it on in little spoonfuls all over-still great!!!! Mini morsels definitely do better! Thanks for a GREAT and pretty healthy dessert and snack!

  39. I am so excited to try these! I truly appreciate innovative recipes which enable me to enjoy a healthy dessert while still being able to keep on track with my health and fitness regime! One of the biggest pitfalls that people face when trying to lose weight and get in shape is that they try to become rigid in their expectations and diet, options such as this enable people to eat healthy and enjoy delicious options! Thank you!

  40. michele says:

    Looks great. Although almond butter makes a much healther choice over peanut butter.

  41. Amanda says:

    Oh wow! These look fantastic! I can’t believe someone left that diabetes comment…I guess there’s always going to ne a downer in the group. I think I’ll do these for an upcoming baby shower :)

  42. Mandy says:

    Just made these tonight for dessert (thanks, pinterest!) and four very happy teenage girls devoured us… it’s like it doesn’t even occur to them that it’s almost pure fruit and nuts. :) “You want to make us fat!” one of them complained as she reached for yet another… They look GORGEOUS arranged in a circular pattern on a serving platter. A perfect party or potluck option I’m going to tuck away to use later. I was very generous with the peanut butter (used more like 1/2 cup than 3 tbsp for 3 whole honeycrisps!) and used plenty of nuts as well…chopped the pecans to make it easier to eat them. Also used mini chocolate chips for the same reason. Perfect! Thanks for this great idea, I’ll be using it again and again!

  43. cindy says:

    Just made these after viewing on pinterest……very good:)
    I will make these again….next time – will add some powdered sugar to peanut butter for a little sweetness.

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  45. This is a nice idea. One of my favorite snack is an apple cut into wedges with 1 tabs of peanut butter or almond butter. But your presentation looks amazing and fun to eat. Love it

  46. Connie says:

    I love seeing an over-the-top dessert that’s not full of artificial colors and flavors. Thanks for helping people see that fun food can be nutritious as well!

  47. becky irvin says:

    looks amazing, but instead of lemon juice to keep apples from browning use any diet clear soda, just pour over the apples till the fizz stops, apples stat great for two days

  48. Olivia says:

    IT LOOKS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Carla says:

    Wow, I saw this on Pinterest. I can’t wait to make it and definitely looking forward to vegan gluten free cookbook.l

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  51. nix says:

    add homemade caramel sauce (easy nondairy recipes abound – mostly just margarine & brown sugar) or Biscoff spread! it’s the consistency of pb or nutella, but made from toasty, brown-sugary, slightly-spicy cookies. “VEGAN” right there on the jar in jubilant red letters.

  52. Kimaya says:

    First time on this site and I saw these. I made them into my dessert after dinner by using just the apples, a little extra pb, and chocolate chips.

    Also, granny smith apples provide a bit more of a tart to go with the sweet of the pb. Just another variation!

  53. Simone Woods says:

    Mmm, not seen these before. Have to try it – I agree, I think my kids will love it and I can feel good that they are being mostly healthy!

  54. Cristy McMillan says:

    Served these to my kids today for an afternoon snack. I bough HUGE Honeycrisp apples and one apple was enough to serve 4 small kids and myself. We omitted the coconut (don’t like it) and used almonds vs the pecans (allergic). This was fabulous and the kids LOVED it! I love new twists on healthy snacks. Thanks Pinterest.

  55. michelle says:

    Instead of lemon juice try diet or regular sprite. Sprite works the same way as lemon juice w/out the extra tart.

  56. lilistarr says:

    this looks so easy and yummy can’t wait to try it

  57. nancy says:

    wow! these look fantastic! I’ve never heard of apple nachos before today (so thank you to pinterest!)
    Here’s an idea for the apple-browning issue: toss the apple slices with cinnamon. (though I wonder if it will affect how well the peanut butter sticks). It will add a great flavor, cinnamon is really good for you, and it masks the browning. Just a thought!
    I toss apple slices with cinnamon to put in my kids’ lunches – they won’t eat them if they are brown, so the cinnamon helps.

  58. Meat eater says:

    Real nachos are still way better. Or a nice food wrap with various goodies in it.

  59. Lisa Bunn says:

    I have diabetese and this is all ok! Just remember moderation. Looks really yummy.

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  61. Debbie says:

    It’s never accured to me before to make fruit nachos before, but I have now thanks to you! They were yummy! I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. The almond butter didn’t get thin and runny so I just spread it on the apples. It was still declicious and I’ll definitely make them again. My granddaughter will love them!

  62. Tracy says:

    I’m trying these tomorrow. It looks wonderful! Can’t wait! I’ll come back and update on what my family thinks!

  63. Brian says:

    I saw this on pinterest, so I’m trying it out tonight with my girlfriend, Thanks for the recipe!

  64. Anon says:

    Hellllooooo diabetes…

    • allyson says:

      Hi “Anonymous”,
      I’m not sure how apples and peanut butter (we use the kind with just ground up peanuts), nuts, some dried coconut and a few chocolate chips would equal diabetes… but I appreciate you taking the time to add your input. :)

      • Bev Greenfield says:

        Great idea! Perhaps ANON’s 2012/01/17 @ 12.23 am comment “Hellllooooo diabetes…” reflected a concern about the sugar that might be added when substituting or mixing the peanut butter with caramel sauce.
        Another substitute for the peanut butter might be sesame butter, aka Tahini sauce. It retains the nutty flavor but lacks the peanut allergy problem or sugar load issue for diabetics. The Joyva Brand tends to be runny enough to drizzle easily.

    • Karen says:

      Actually, I think this looks like a very healthy snack. If you look at the portions, 3 Tbsp peanut butter and 1/4 c. chocolate chips divided among 3 people does not equal diabetes. It just “looks” decadent, which is what makes me want to serve it!

  65. april says:

    i bet caramel would be nice added on or in place of pbutter:)

  66. Kim says:

    OMG those look just wonderful. Beautiful shot as usual but I’m drooling over my keyboard too. Yum

  67. glenda oliver says:

    looks great we love apples and peanutbutter i bet some hoop cheese would be good on it also

  68. Susan says:

    You could also use caramel dip in a squeeze bottle instead of or in addition to the peanut butter. Just an idea. Looks yummy. Can’t wait to try this one out for ladies Bible study! :)

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  70. Anna B says:

    Why am I so dumb that I cannot do the peanut butter? nasty mess both times. used honey instead, which meant forks….

    • allyson says:

      have you tried using a squeeze bottle? like a recycled mustard container… that makes it a bit easier. :) also, make sure it’s completely liquidy… then chill briefly before serving to get it to firm up. if you are using peanut butter that is fairly dry, it also could be a problem… easily spreadable pb is best to use.
      good to hear you had enough steam left after the first try to do so again!

    • Alyssa says:

      If you are using ORGANIC peanut butter like I am, that’s probably why…. mine didn’t melt right either.

      • allyson says:

        thanks for the input! had no idea about organic pb versus other kinds. i almost always grind my own which is ends up pretty runny to start with and use that when my kids ask for these. is there a specific brand of organic that’s extra dry? love to add a note to this recipe… :)

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  72. Ruthi Penuel says:

    Never heard of such, but sounds interesting … will have to try. Thank you for sharing!

  73. Jeaniejr says:

    Made these for a potluck. Put out a big platter of apple slices along with bowls of toasted coconut, toasted pecan pieces, creamy peanut butter, and squeeze bottles of caramel and chocolate ice cream topping. People made their own nachos with whatever they liked. Everyone loved them.! Used Honey Crisp apples. Will definitely do again and again.

  74. Lily says:

    Really cute idea! Somehow I have missed all of the apple nacho hoopla :/

  75. Bibi says:

    That is so cool and inventive. I found your post on Stumble and I love it…..my kids would go crazy over this.

  76. Wow great idea; and apples are certainly healthier than tortilla chips!

  77. Food Lover says:

    mmmm yummy healthy snack :)

  78. Amber | B&B says:

    Holy dessert nachos, batman! I’d take those over deep fried cinnamon sugar tortilla chips any day. They look fantastic.

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  80. Kujaku says:

    This looks really great, and can probably work it into my diet macros awesome, but I gotta ask, where did you find 1/2 of a kid? ;D

    Thanks you for the recipe!

  81. Jessica Allison says:

    I found you/these on Pinterest, and I’ll be a loyal follower from now on. How have I missed these?! Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing me out of the dark. YUM!

  82. Trish Duranceau says:

    Tried this for one of the football game snacks. WOW!! everyone loved it!!

  83. Sam says:

    Wow, how is it I’ve never heard of this? I love all these ingredients! This would make a great dessert platter to take to a potluck.

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  85. christine says:

    Never heard of apple nachos, but what a brilliant idea – the platter looks so fresh and tasty – it’s one of those ideas that seems so obvious once you see it, but I doubt I would ever have thought of it:)

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  87. Kimberly says:

    Well, apparently I live under a rock because I had never heard of apple nachos until reading this post. What a fun family snack.

  88. Emil says:

    I’m not really big on nachos (even the vegan kind), but these? I can get down with these!

  89. Keri says:

    Made these today and what a treat! Used what I had on hand and just loved them! Kids would’ve too, if I had shared. ;-)

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  91. Megan says:

    Ahh, that looks so yummy, I love apples with peanut butter… Mmm

  92. Hannah says:

    Teehee, I was feeling silly for not having heard of apple nachos, but reading the comments it seems that the majority of us haven’t! Fantastic idea!! I’m imagining a caramel made of soy sweetened condensed milk too :D

  93. this looks SO delicious, I just stumbled upon your blog and love it, can’t wait to try all your recipes!

  94. This photo is AMAZING and I think I have been missing the boat on these – it is like a super easy way to eat a caramel apple with all the perfect flavors that you want. Can’t wait to snack with friends this weekend on this

  95. bitt says:

    i have not even heard of these! i live under a rock. will have to try them.

  96. Sarah says:

    What an awesome, kid friendly idea! I must have been living under a rock – this is the first time I’ve heard of them!

  97. Vegyogini says:

    This is completely new to me and totally genius!

  98. Meagen says:

    These look delicious! What a great idea. You can NEVER go wrong with peanut butter and apples. The fact that you added additional delicousness to these, makes my mouth water even more!

  99. Kate says:

    Oh, my…my daughter will love coming home from school to these!!!

  100. Rachel says:

    Whoa! Yum.

  101. Lauren says:

    These look ridiculously good!! So fun and easy, too =)

  102. jessy says:

    i feel like i’ve been living in a deep dark cave under a huuuuuuge rock – why have i not heard of apple nachos?!?! the farmer’s market has apples left ‘n right – totally picking up a few this weekend and sitting down to my own plate ‘o apple nachos. zing!

  103. Amanda says:

    Seriously? This sounds awesome! This makes me want to eat nachos every night! YUM!!!

  104. Yum! I can’t wait to make this for my kids this afternoon! Looks so fun & easy… and delicious too! Thanks for the idea!

  105. Jane says:

    Where have I been?! I have never heard of apple nachos. I am all over this…I am so making this with my girls after school tomorrow!

  106. Adina says:

    Wow! These look delicious. Thanks for posting as I am one of those folks that has never heard of apple nachos!

  107. K says:

    These look great. How great are apples with pb? I just posted two apple-pb ideas yesterday too!

  108. veganlisa says:

    Perfect – you just planned my birthday dessert. Thank you Allyson. xoxo

  109. Laurel says:

    I have NEVER heard of apple nachos! What a wonderful idea. I’m making them with pears. LOL

  110. Amey says:

    oh my GOD. I haven’t heard of these before, and this picture is giving me total yumitude freak outs. Amazement!

  111. I’ve never heard of apple nachos. Where have I been? Glad you’ve tuned me into it, though!! :)

  112. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF APPLE NACHOS!!
    whoa.

    xo
    kittee

  113. t says:

    Wowo, these look fantastic!

  114. veganlinda says:

    Awesome idea! I will make this for our Halloween party.

  115. Mandee says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen apple nachos but now I want to try them!

  116. Dawn says:

    I will so be making these. They are gorgeous!

  117. Brilliant idea, I’ve never seen this before!

  118. Jojo says:

    Wow, what a rad idea! I’d never heard of apple nachos before but now I’m definitely going to have to make them.

  119. Jenn says:

    OMG! These look fantastic! I even have Honey Crisps already!

  120. Brilliant take on nachos!! Dessert AND nachos, I meannnnn…. do you deliver??? LOVE.

  121. Kalinda says:

    Yeah, I guess I’m also part of the “living in a cave” group. Good thing you’re around to make me see the light.

  122. Emma says:

    I thought I was up on all the blog trends but apparently not! Love this idea :)

  123. Emily Segal says:

    Apparently I have been under a rock b/c this is the first I’m hearing of apple nachos. Great idea and beautiful photo!

  124. Tiffany says:

    Oh my goodness. That looks amazing!

  125. Ashlae says:

    I’ve been wanting to try apple nachos for months – I’ve got a bag of honeycrisp apples in my kitchen and cannot think of a better way to use a few!