Put a spin on your apple recipes this fall and enjoy this incredibly simple Spiralized Apple Peanut Butter Salad. This is a fun fruit salad your family of all ages will enjoy (and can help create).
Hi Friends! Back to back apple recipes?! Yes it did happen (sorry). I absolutely love cooking (and blogging) during the fall months so I can guarantee you will see a recipe or two (or three or four) with either apple or pumpkin as an ingredient. I hope you enjoy these ingredients as much as I do! I will admit by the end of November I am typically done with anything pumpkin though.
Today I am sharing with you an extremely simple apple recipe. My goal for this Spiralized Apple and Peanut Butter salad was to create a fruit recipe that would excite children about fruit, speficially apples. My son is a fan of simple apple slices, but he also enjoys when we think of different and creative ways to cut them up for him. Today’s salad introduces “apple spaghetti”, but another household favorite is “apple chips”.
If you don’t have a spiralizer I highly encourage you make the purchase. They are sold in a variety sizes at different price points. I have tried a few over the past several years, and don’t think you need to spend lots of money for the same outcome. I switch back and forth between the white plastic one pictured in this post and one I can attach to my mixer. Another option would be a veggiti, which is likely the most economical choice. Sprializers are can be used to slice a variety of other fruits, vegetables, and starches into spaghetti like strands or slices.
You could be super creative with the toppings for this salad. I started by drizzling peanut butter on the spiralized apple and then sprinkled granola and a few chocolate chips on top. Be mindful of portion sizes and nutrition content of what you add. You don’t want a healthy snack to turn into a calorie trap. If you are not a peanut butter fan you could substitute it with yogurt or whipped toppings. Toppings could include other sliced fruits, different cereal varieties, flax seed or nuts (for children > 5 years old).
While this recipe was geared towards children, I think it would also be great to serve adults. Perhaps as a sweet treat at a dinner party? Or at a birthday party or baby shower? You could even set it up as a salad bar and let guests add their own toppings.
Your Family’s Dietitian,
Kid-Friendy Spiralized Peanut Butter Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (4 small bowls/cups)
- 1 large or 2 medium apples
- 2 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter
- 1-2 tbsp granola
- 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips
- 4 small bowls
- small ziploc bag
- optional: lemon juice, cinnamon
1. Spiralize apple(s) using a spiralizer at the smallest blade, leaving the peel on. Discard core and seeds. Toss spiralized apple in lemon juice.
2. Separate spirazlied apple pieces into 4 small kid-friendly bowls. Spoon peanut butter into ziploc bag. Cut across the end of one corner of the bag to create pastry bag with tip of desired size. Squeeze peanut butter bag over apple bowls.
3. Sprinkle granola and chocolate chips over each spiralized salad.
4. Serve immediately.