Delicious and Easy Apple Snacks

Who doesn’t love apples?  They are sweet, juicy, easy to eat on the go…the reasons go on and on.  One of the main reasons that I love them is that they are so easy to manipulate.  You can slap virtually any topping on them and have a delicious, healthy snack.

Apples are also the perfect snack for kids, because they are finger foods!  Also, children love getting to put all the different toppings and making their own, unique snack (I know I loved doing this as a kid!).

For this apple, I put peanut butter on 4 of the slices.  I topped one of the peanut butter covered ones with cocoa powder, one with butterscotch chips, one was plain peanut butter, and one had cocoa crispies.  I topped another with honey.  The last one was covered with a smear of Nutella.

These are a fun way to experiment with different flavors and stay relatively healthy at the same time.

It’s apple season so get out there and pick some apples and make some apple snacks!

Mini Pizza Snacks

Mmmmm, mini pizzas made in the microwave that take 5 minutes?  Count me in.

My mom used to make these for me all the time.  They are the easiest lunch ever.  Plus, they aren’t TOO awfully bad for you since they’re made on an English muffin.

These would also be good for a snack during football games…it is football season after all 🙂

These were obviously Zack’s (note the pepperonis).  Mine would have mushrooms, green peppers, jalapenos, maybe a little onion…) Yum, I’m making myself want some right now.

I wouldn’t know from experience, but I bet these would be great for a group of kids at a slumber party/birthday party/whatever.  Each kid could customize their own pizzas and you’d be the coolest host ever 😉

Mini Pizza Snacks

– 2 English muffins, split and toasted

– 1/4 to 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce

– 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

– oregano

– various toppings (ie pepperonis, green peppers, onion, etc.)

Arrange muffins on a microwave safe plate and top with sauce. Top with cheese and toppings.  Season with oregano.

Heat 1-2 minutes on Power Level 7 until cheese is melted, turning once.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

These are heaven.  There’s no other way to describe them.

I’ve seen a recipe for them popping up all over the internet lately and then my friend, Demeter, sent me the recipe telling me I should make them.

I am so glad I listened to her!

In case I haven’t mentioned it a thousand times before, peanut butter is my FAVORITE.  I also love chocolate and anything crunchy.  Those things make these the perfect little dessert for me.

I bought a Wilton chocolate melter last weekend and have been looking forward to trying it out.  It made dipping these in chocolate a breeze.  Every other time I have had to use melted chocolate, I’ve just melted in the microwave.  That’s such a pain because halfway through whatever you’re doing, the chocolate will harden and you’ll have to spend time re-melting it only for it to happen again.  Well, never again! I am so glad I bought the chocolate melter.  (okay, that’s enough sounding like an infomercial).

Demeter doesn’t know that I made these.  I can’t wait to surprise her with them.  I hope she likes them!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tbsp softened butter

½ cup powdered sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

bag of pretzels

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips

Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the sugars and mix to combine.

Break off pieces of the mix (enough to cover the bottom pretzel) and roll into a ball, then sandwich between two whole pretzels. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about half an hour.

Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals (stirring after each) until completely melted or use a chocolate melter to make it a lot easier. Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each halfway into the melted chocolate. Return to the tray and repeat with the remaining sandwiches. When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.