Since my two-year-old son has been trying to eat everything in sight lately (I sense a growth spurt coming on!) I’ve been trying to figure out new and delicious options for healthy snacks to feed him.
I vaguely remembered a snack that I used to make in Girl Scouts when I was little. It was a stuffed apple, involving raisins, some sort of nut or seed, peanut butter, and orange juice concentrate. I couldn’t remember the specific ingredients or measurements, but I did remember the delicious taste and how perfect the snack was for taking with me on a day hike. So I started to experiment, and this is the recipe that I came up with. My son loved it and wanted another as soon as he was done.
These stuffed apples use a delicious mixture of apple, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, raisins, cinnamon, and orange juice, coming together to create a delicious sweet snack that is both very healthy and very portable. These make excellent trail snacks!
Stuffed Apple Snack Recipe
- 1 apple (I prefer granny smith, but it tastes great with any variety)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon flax seeds (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons raisins
- dusting of ground cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon orange juice concentrate (thawed)
- peanut butter (to coat)
1). Wash the apple. With a sharp paring knife, cut the top off horizontally (so that it makes a lid). Hollow out the apple, and keep all pieces that do not have core or seeds. (See the picture below to get a sense of what this step looks like).
2). Cut into small pieces all of the usable apple pieces from the hollowing. Put them into a small bowl.
3). Mix in the sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and raisins. Dust with cinnamon to taste (don’t worry about using up too much of your filling, it probably won’t all fit back into your apple anyway). Add the orange juice concentrate, mix well, and then set the filling mixture aside.
4). Return to your hollowed apple and coat the inside walls and bottom with peanut butter. Spread some peanut butter over the inside of the “lid” as well.
5). Stuff the apple with the filling mixture, then cover with the lid.
6). You can either eat your stuffed apple right away or stick it in an airtight container or baggy and eat it later in the day. It does not require refrigeration if eaten within 12 hours. These would probably also be delicious baked, but personally I love them raw.