Apple Finger Sandwiches

Perfect for lunch-time or a fruit-and-protein snack, try this delicious, crunchy alternative to finger sandwiches and apple slices.  Use the creamy, gooey nut butter, seed  butter, smashed banana or cream cheese as glue to hold your apple slices in place together with a bit of nuts, seeds or granola.    When Fall arrives and the markets are filled with all colors and flavors of apples – I love these “sandwiches”. Scour your local market or find a local pick-your-own orchard to enjoy! Our San Diego favorite is Corcoran Ranch for their tart Granny Smith apples. Farmer’s Markets are filled with a wide variety of apples in the Fall or explore the selection at your Whole Foods Market. If you’d prefer to pick your own here is a national listing for pick-your-own orchards. If you can find mini or dwarf sweet apples they make darling mini finger sandwiches.

 Smaller hands and mouths?  Make these open-faced for easy handling and biting!

Get the kids involved! Kids will love to help you since it's fun to spread and sprinkle. Perfect for little ones to assemble and experiment with toppings. The possibilities are nearly endless.

 ***Sweet treat or dessert option: Add dried fruit, marshmallows or chocolate chips for a sweet and fruity twist on dessert.

 Can’t find an apple corer? No worries! Simply cut your apples into round slices FIRST, next use a small knife or cookie cutter to remove the core from the center of each of your slices.

Apple Finger Sandwiches

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds (Gala or your favorite)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut, almond or sunflower butter (or have fun with mashed bananas, etc.) 
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips (ENJOY Life mini chips)
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free granola (Udi’s Gluten Free Granola)
  • 3 tablespoons raisins or chopped nuts (optional) (Made in Nature brand)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional) 

 

Directions

  1. Wash and dry apples. Use an apple corer to remove cores. Slice into rounds. (see above note if you do not have an apple corer.)
  2. The assembly steps below are perfect for little ones, especially if you place ingredients into small bowls that they can reach into and slather and sprinkle their sandwiches with. Warning: Can be messy, fun and delicious!
  3. Select two round apple slices.
  4. If you won’t be eating these immediately, lightly squeeze lemon juice over each slice to prevent from discoloring.
  5. Spread one side with nut or seed butter.
  6. Sprinkle with granola.
  7. Add raisins or dried fruit.
  8. Top with second apple slice.
  9. Press down gently to make a finger sandwich.
  10. Cut into slices or serve whole. ENJOY your masterpiece!