10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat an Apple

With apples now in season, there’s no better time to introduce a few extra servings of the delicious fruit into your child’s diet. Although we’ve promised them that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, sometimes it takes a little more convincing to get kids to opt for one. If you’re looking for a stronger argument than “But they’re good for you!”, you might want to try offering up one of these awesome apple-based dishes. With irresistible recipes for treats like Apple Pizza and Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls, you might even get your kids to willingly pass up that bowl of Halloween candy.

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Apple Banana PancakesHaving been concocted by a 6 year old, this pancake recipe is already kid-approved. And good news for parents, the batter packs a 2-fruit punch, combining both apples and bananas in the mix.

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Apple Butter – There’s nothing like a little old-fashioned slow cooked apple butter on a crisp, fall day. The sweet creamy spread, which combines apples and spices, is best enjoyed on sliced bread or biscuits (or with a spoon straight out of the jar!)

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Apple ChipsApple slices are sprinkled with flavored Jell-O to create these colorful, crispy oven-baked chips. Include a baggy full in your child’s lunchbox and their classmates will be begging to swap their snacks for them.

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Apple Cider CupsThese carved out apples are a fun way to enjoy a seasonal favorite, plus they can eat the cup when they’re finished! Pour in a freshly brewed batch of homemade apple cider, add a cinnamon stick garnish, and you’re all set for the perfect autumn drink.

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Apple Nachos – While this “nacho” recipe is obviously lacking tortilla chips and cheese, we have a feeling kids won’t even notice. This snack is created using apple slices drizzled with melted peanut butter and topped with coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and nuts, but there’s plenty of room for improv (raisins, caramel, marshmallows? The sky’s the limit!)

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Apple Pie Apples – If you’ve still got that paring knife handy from the Apple Cider Cups above, here’s another great recipe that will call on your amateur carving skills. Hollowed Granny Smith apples are packed with sugar and spice, then topped with lattice pie crust top for a fun (and pretty impressive!) presentation.

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Apple Pizza – Kids love pizza, and we’re pretty sure this one will be no exception. This version is a lot healthier for them, too, allowing you to scrap conventional pizza toppings in favor of wholesome fruit. Refrigerated pizza dough crust is topped with apple slices and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and a little butter, then baked in the oven for about 15 minutes. Easy, delicious, nutritious!

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Apple Snicker Salad – If your child is putting up a little resistance to eating an apple, this recipe will be your secret weapon. Although you can’t really label this recipe “healthy” (it calls for Cool Whip, vanilla pudding, and chocolate candy bars), it’s so good that we can almost bet that your kids won’t so much as blink an eye to the extra serving of fruit.

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Apple Stuffin’ MuffinsThese mini apple muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or as an after school snack. The recipe is nice and easy, allowing you to use diced apples or, if you’re in a hurry, fresh applesauce.

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls – Does it get any better than this? Cinnamon rolls are stuffed with apples, sugar, and spices, then topped with a cream cheese and caramel glaze. Yup, we’re totally drooling, and your kids will be, too.

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Homemade Fall-Flavored Dog Treats That Will Make Fido Flip

If the change in season has you in the mood for fresh baked fall goodies, why not bake up a few for Fido, too? These delicious homemade dog treats are chock full of autumn’s best flavors, like apple, pumpkin, nuts, and cinnamon spice. And because they’re made from natural ingredients, they’re a healthy addition to their regular doggy diet, too.

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Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Treats
Fill their morning belly with a fresh from the oven Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Treat, which is made simply from flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, an egg, and a scoop of applesauce.

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Nutty Bacon Dog Treats
With ingredients like crispy bacon, creamy peanut butter, and sweet maple syrup, you’ll have trouble not sneaking a nibble of these Nutty Bacon dog treats (don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody.)

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Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
Nothing says fall like pumpkin, and as it turns out, it’s an excellent source of fiber and vitamins for dogs. No carving required, you’ll need just a half a can of pureed pumpkin to produce 50-75 yummy pumpkin biscuits.

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Sweet Potato Dog Chews
Made simply from sliced sweet potatoes, these dog chews are a great alternative to rawhide. Bake them in a low temperature oven (or food dehydrator) before bedtime and they’ll be ready for gnawing by daybreak.

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Turkey and Cranberry Dog Bones
Why wait til Thanksgiving? Give them an early taste of the holidays with this recipe for homemade dog bones, which calls for whole wheat flour, chicken broth, turkey, and cranberries.


Do you have a favorite homemade dog food recipe like the ones above? Tell us about it in the comments below?

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Six Tailgating Treats That Will Score a Touchdown with Your Tykes

Football season has officially kicked off! Will you be gathering with friends and family for a tailgating party? If so, and you anticipate having a few little football fans in the crowd, you’ll definitely want to have more on hand than hot wings and beer soaked brats.  Intercept your child’s hunger (and the adult’s) with these six winning kid-friendly recipes. You’ll only need a handful of ingredients to tackle each dish, and because they’re all easy to make, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time rooting for your team.

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Mini Taco Bowls - These tiny taco bowls may look fancy, but they’re actually nothing more than a regular flour tortilla cleverly baked and molded using an everyday muffin pan. Gain extra points with your picky eater by letting them draft their choice of ingredients into each bowl.

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S’mores Caramel Popcorn – Game day leaves little time for kindling a campfire. Thankfully, all you’ll need to warm up this s’mores snack is a microwave. Mini marshmallows, chocolate, caramel, and Golden Grahams cereal are mashed up in this mixture to create a super munchable, super delicious treat that will leave your kiddos begging for s’more.

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Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries - Healthy fries? Totally possible, thanks to these zucchini fries. The yummy veggie is an excellent source of Vitamin C and potassium, and because they’re baked and not fried, they’re better for their health (and a lot easier to clean up!) Sell them to your kids as “french fries”, serve with a dipping sauce and watch them disappear before the end of the quarter.

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Deep Dish Fruit Pizza – How to get sneak an extra serving of fruit into your kid’s diet? Serve it atop a sugar cookie, add a dollop of frosting (made from cream cheese and whipped cream) and these petite fruit topped “pizzas” will get picked off one by one.

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Easy Pepperoni Rolls – Why wait for pizza delivery when these pepperoni rolls can be quickly whipped up using ingredients you probably already have on hand? Using little more than canned biscuits, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni (or any other one of their favorite toppings), these poppable pizza bites are the perfect football game finger food.

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Football Cake Pops – This recipe for football-shaped cake pops is easy to make, easy to eat, and cute to boot! Dip them in colored sprinkles to match your team’s jerseys or pipe on their logo using a decorating pen to show even more team spirit.


What is your favorite game day recipe?

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