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 Pancakes – Having 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 Chips - Apple 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 Cups – These 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’ Muffins – These 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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