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Healthy candied apple slices can make the most delicious dessert or snack!

Let’s teach our kids that FRUIT can be dessert! Fruit, with its natural sweetness, fiber, low calories, and variety of minerals and vitamins, are just the dessert they need.  There have been several summers where we’ve taken in a student from Japan. I always ask so many questions about their dietary habits from home.  I’ve had a few mention they have dessert every single day. When I ask follow up questions, it usually comes out that what they are referring to is actually fruit (and not the desserts we typically talk about here in the US)  The fruit is apparently plenty sweet for them, and they consider it their daily dessert. I just love that!

Apple Wedges for Dessert. You can teach your kids that fruit is the best dessert there is!

These apple slices make a sweet and delicious dessert or snack. You can incorporate a variety of toppings and flavors and let the kids really make them their own.   Sometimes, I’ll use a tiny bit of chocolate, but even that contains some beneficial antioxidants.

What toppings would you put on apple slices?

To make these candied apple slices, you only need two things. You need a spread (or a dip) and a topping.  We have used a variety of spreads including:

  • Peanut butter: Peanut butter is great because it balances this snack with some protein from the nuts.  You can make your own peanut butter, or find some commercial peanut butter that has one ingredient: Peanuts!
  • Almond butter: Like peanut butter, almond butter also includes protein, and makes a great dip or spread for apples. We have a recipe for “Gourmet Almond butter” which you’ve got to try!
  • Cream cheese
  • Yogurt: We like flavored fruit yogurts, but plain or vanilla also taste great on apples, depending on what your toppings will be.
  • Chocolate
  • Sunflower butter: If your kids have an allergy to nuts, or you just want to try an alternative, this Cinnamon Sunbutter is out of this world!
  • Pecan butter: Try this pecan butter for a different dip or spread! apple slices granola and peanut butter

Once you decide what ingredients you want to use, we’ve found it beneficial to follow these steps:

  • Cut and core 1 apple
  • Soak in a bowl for a few minutes with cold water and a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Dry thoroughly before attempting to put on any spread .
  • Spread either all natural peanut butter, or cream cheese on each apple wedge.
  • Press into a bowl of toppings.  You could use:
    • granola
    • chocolate chips
    • chocolate candies
    • coconut
    • dried cranberries
    • raisins
    • Chopped peanuts nuts
    • toasted wheat germ
    • ground flax meal
    • sunflower seeds
    • cereal
    • sliced almonds
an apple slices with peanut butter and granola
Apple Wedges for Dessert. You can teach your kids that fruit is the best dessert there is!

So, the next time your kids think they need dessert, and you just don’t want to teach them that they need cake or cookies after dinner each night, break out the apple slices! Set up some fun mini bowls with different toppings and spreads and let them create their own masterpieces!

Apple Wedges Snack

Healthy candied apple slices can make the most delicious dessert or snack!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Wedges Snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 271kcal


  • 4 medium apple
  • 4 tablespoon peanut butter, all-natural
  • 1 cup granola


  • Core apples and cut into slices.
  • Spread each slice with peanut butter and sprinkle with granola.
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Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 118mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 26g

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Those are super cute!!! We love fruit for dessert around here, and when I need to make something fancier I turn to a raw dessert cookbook I have so that it is still au natural for them! 😀

I think in keeping with the underlying theme of your recipe names (think Coco-Nutty Balls) this dessert should be called Apple Wedgies.

These look and sound yummy. I never thought about cream cheese before with apples. We have only dipped ours in peanut butter and on New Year’s Eve it’s our tradition to have “FUN-DU” night and we have chocolate syrup, carmel syrup, whip cream and peanut butter. I will have to see what the kids think about the cream cheese. Thanks for another good idea.

Thank you for sharing this idea! My kids love the apples with peanut butter and raisins stuck in, ants on a log as they call it since they dont like celery. I love the pinwheel look on the plate, that would totally appeal to my little girl. I am going to try the other toppings you suggested too!

We actually used melted milk chocolate chips.. I know it’s not the healthiest way, but that’s what we used.
But dark chocolate would be super healthy!

LOVE this idea! Nutella would be good, dried cherries, dried blueberries, crushed banana chips, crushed walnuts…

I am just not sure why people think recipes like this are healthy. They are packed full of sugar, preservatives and unnecessary junk. Teach your kids to eat fruit straight up don’t load everything with sugar. Unbelievable.