I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to come up with snacks for my daughter and for me. Sometimes we go ultra-healthy, sometimes we go with cold-cut turkey, sometimes we do snack bar. And more often than not, we’re running out the door and need something portable.
So, I’m always looking for recipes that are super easy and don’t take a lot of work on my part, decently healthy, and (this is probably the most important point) something both of us will actually want to eat.
My daughter absolutely adores apples, but they’re pretty messy and, honestly, I get a little nervous when she’s in the back chomping on something that can be a choking hazard. So, how was I going to get apples into a snackable form we could take along with us?
I cut up an apple, tossed it in some spices, and put it into a warm—but not too hot—oven to slowly dry until the apples were slightly chewy and snackable, but not crunchy.
The results? They were a hit, and not just with the Little and me, but also with my husband, niece, and sister!
Super simple to make? Check! Decently healthy (and without added sugar)? Check! Delicious and something we’ll all eat? Double check!
So, even though the title mentions toddlers, you don’t have to have (or be) a toddler to enjoy these apple snacks. These are a delicious snack and good food for busy people, parents or not! It’s like eating little apple pie bites.
Plus, they make the house smell kind of amazing while they’re cooking!
- 3 apples, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch slices (you don’t want them to be too thin, or they’ll get crisp instead of chewy)
- Two teaspoons pumpkin pie or apple pie spice (or to your taste)
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 225.
- Peel and slice the apples and toss them with the spices.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and lay the apples on top in a single layer.
- Place in the oven and let cook about 45 minutes, or until the apples are cooked through, slightly dried, and slightly chewy.
It really is that simple. I even double the recipe. They’ll probably last about a week in the fridge, but honestly, they never last that long!
‘Till next time!