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Apple Nachos

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The next time you crave a crunch, give these apple nachos a try. This dessert nacho recipe is an excellent way to use up apples the next time you go apple picking or need a tasty fall snack.

Caramel apple nachos are incredibly easy to make and you can substitute any of the toppings for your favorites instead. It’s a very forgiving recipe and a great chance to get creative.

Holding an apple nacho above a plate of apple slices with toppings.

How to make Sweet & Crunchy Apple Nachos

The first time I tried dessert nachos it was like a taste bud party. With the right recipe there’s a little bit of everything — tangy, tart, sweet, salty, and crunchy. Since this is a snack with apple slices, guests always get excited that it’s a light treat that won’t leave you feeling lethargic like many other party foods.

I’ve served this sweet treat on girls’ nights, date night, and movie nights and it’s always a winner. If you don’t want to drizzle on the toppings, you can also create an apple nacho bar. Line a table with red and green apple slices and a variety of toppings. People can have fun with a DIY mini nacho platter of their own.

If you find yourself with a plethora of apples due to apple picking or a hot sale at the store, be sure to give this recipe a try for a flavorful fall treat.

Apples, nuts, and other toppings for apple nachos.

Apple Nachos Ingredients

Here is what you need to make this recipe. Exact measurements are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Apples
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon

Steps to make apple nachos

Wash your apples well and place them on a cutting board. Cut the apples into quarters and slice into very thin pieces.

Slicing green apples on a cutting board.

Arrange the slices on a plate in a spiral pattern.

Apple slices arranged on a blue plate.

Combine 3 tablespoons of the miniature chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave in 15-second intervals until the chocolate has melted, stirring after every 15 seconds. Set aside.

Bowl of chocolate sauce with a spoon drizzling it.

Microwave the peanut butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl for 20-30 seconds or until it is melted.

Bowl of creamy peanut butter with a spoon in it.

Drizzle the melted chocolate, melted peanut butter, and honey in a circular pattern over the apple slices.

A blue plate filled with apple nachos and chips and other toppings on the table.

Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pumpkin seeds on top of the “nachos.”

Apples topped with nuts, caramel, and chocolate for apple nachos.

Lightly dust the cinnamon over the apple nachos.

Plate full of apple nachos topped with chocolate, caramel, and nuts with a blue napkin on the table.

Dessert Nacho Notes and FAQ

Can I substitute the toppings?

You can absolutely substitute any of the toppings. This is a very flexible and forgiving recipe. Other tasty topping options include white chocolate chips, caramel drizzle, crushed candy bars like Heath, etc.

Green and red apple slices on a plate topped with, chocolate, caramel, nuts, and toppings.

How can I keep the apples from browning?

Add a bit of lemon juice to the apple slices to help keep them from browning.

How to heat peanut butter.

Carefully heat your peanut butter while stirring often. Heat it until it is just melted and be careful not to burn it.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Apple Nachos

Holding an apple nacho above a plate of apple slices with toppings.

Apple slices with tasty toppings for a light and crunchy fall snack or dessert.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 apples (I used a granny smith and a honey crisp for 1 green and 1 red)
  • 5 tablespoons miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup smooth (creamy) peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Wash apples and place them on a cutting board. Cut the apples into quarters and slice into very thin pieces. Arrange the pieces on a plate in a spiral pattern.
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15-second intervals until the chocolate has melted, stirring after every 15 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Microwave the peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl for 20-30 seconds or until it has melted.
  4. Drizzle the melted chocolate, melted peanut butter, and honey in a circular pattern over the nachos.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pumpkin seeds on top of the slices.
  6. Lightly dust the cinnamon over the nachos.

Notes

  • Feel free to substitute any of the toppings. Other options include: White chocolate chips, caramel drizzle, crushed candy bar pieces, etc.
  • Add a bit of lemon juice to the slices to keep them from browning.
  • Be careful not to burn the peanut butter while heating to melt.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 30gProtein: 2g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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