Snack Idea: Peanut Butter – Applewiches

Unless you “shop the perimeter” of your grocery store, you have probably encountered packaged snacks at some point.  The packaged snack industry spends billions in marketing campaigns trying to convince consumers that their products are wholesome and healthy.  When in truth, most have ingredients we can barely pronounce let alone know what they mean.

As a mother of two young kids, it’s impossible to get around not having snacks.  I am constantly on the go with them on after school activities, play dates, and park outings.  Unfortunately, kids are just not programmed to “hold their hunger” until we get home; and I’m not sure I would want them to.  Have you seen a screaming 3 year old because they are hungry, tired, and crabby? I have.  It is not pretty.

Packaged snacks have grown in popularity primarily because they are convenient, abundant in variety, portable, and portion controlled.   Every couple of weeks, I prep a few snacks that will provide my kids with choices.  I am notorious for Googleling recipes, trying them out, searching through pinterest, looking through recipe books… until one catches my eye.  I found this picture with no instructions yesterday and I challenged myself to figure out a way to make a few of these ahead of time.  Because what good is it to have healthy, homemade snacks if you don’t have them ready when you need them?  This morning I made the apple and peanut butter sandwiches, froze them, and tested how long it took to defrost.  In two hours at room temperature they were crispy, the apples had not browned, and they were delicious! The difficult part was only eating one!

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Apples
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chips -optional
  • Granola -optional

Directions:

  1. Core apples. Slice horizontal.
  2. Spread peanut butter on each side of apple slice, add a few chocolate chips and granola (optional).
  3. Close slices to create an apple sandwich.

Each apple yields 2-3 sandwiches (depending on size).  You can prepare the sandwiches, freeze on a cookie sheet and then transfer into a large zip bag.  Take out of freezer in the morning, pack in lunch bag, and your child will have a snack for lunch or after school.  Easy, delicious, real ingredients.

Enjoy!

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17 thoughts on “Snack Idea: Peanut Butter – Applewiches”

  1. This is great! I have heard of freezing a stack of pb&j sandwiches on bread, but not on apples. Too yum AND convenient. Love this Laura 🙂

  2. Sue Robinson says:

    Even to this day, my favorite snack is to eat apples slices with pb. This looks like such a great twist on an already have snack!

  3. This idea is so simple and never thought of it. Love it. Gonna make some today with some almond butter.

    1. Laura says:

      Oh, I love almond butter!! You can sprinkle some cinnamon in the inside too! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Andrea says:

    Do the apples keep their color when freezing/defrosting? Is it better to eat partially frozen or fully defrosted?

    1. Laura says:

      I am not sure “what is better” for you; it just depends how long you wait for it to defrost. by the time i ate the apple 3 hrs later it was defrosted (and that was at room temperature, left on the counter, with no ice packs or anything). I had not browned that much. You can always rub it with some lemon to really prevent browning

  5. Mary Nell says:

    Looks delish!! It would be great with raisins also………I have always loved eating apple and peanut butter. Sooooo good!!

  6. Jean says:

    I wonder how the apple would look after about 4 hours?

    1. Laura says:

      when i froze it, it didn’t look bad. you can rub lemon on it before packing it inside a lunch bag if you are concerned. lemon prevents it from browning.

  7. I was just wondering the same as Jean. I toss my daughter’s sliced apples with lemon to keep the apple from browning. So, now I know to just do the same.

    What a fantastic idea for a sandwich! Trying it tomorrow with the apples I picked from the orchard. MMM….

  8. Elizabeth says:

    We eat apple snacks lots around here, and my favorite way to keep them from browning is to toss them in pineapple juice and drain…. they stay crisp, sweet and beautiful for hours that way! Thanks for the idea, these apple pb sandwiches are going in my freezer this week!

  9. Love the name, love the look, love the crunchiness of it (already tried it). Thanks for the tip!!! I love Elizabeth’s tip on keeping them from browning, will try that next time!

  10. Trina says:

    Great idea! I love the freezing option! I’m going to make this for my son’s pumpkin patch trip tomorrow.

    1. laura says:

      awesome! let us know how successful it was!

  11. Apples and peanut butter are the one thing our kids will ALWAYS eat. Great variation, and I love the horizontal slicing. Seems like the granola and/or chocolate chips will stop the pb from squishing out – very smart. Can’t wait to try it on my munchkins.
    -Ryan

    1. Laura says:

      Thank you Ryan! I also make these with almond butter or on a rare occasion … nutella. 😉

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