15 Apple Recipes Kids Will Actually Eat
Sweet, crunchy, and healthy, apples are always a welcome snack for kids and adults alike. But if your kids are getting bored with finding apples in their lunch box, consider shaking things up with these kid-friendly apple recipes. Some of these recipes are easy (and fun) enough for the kids to get involved themselves. Here are 15 apple recipes that you can feel good about serving to your kids.
Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
This tasty fruit salad and cinnamon tortilla chip combo is the ultimate after-school snack. Reviewer B_CHAP suggests this shortcut: "Have made several times, all with rave reviews. Don't have time to make the tortilla chips? Substitute them with cinnamon graham crackers."
Autumn Apple Salad II
Tart green apples are coated in vanilla yogurt and tossed with dried cranberries, cherries, and slivered almonds. "The smoothness of the yogurt nicely offsets the tartness of the apples," sats reviewer CSPANGLER.
Sometimes plain and simple is best — apples, water, sugar, and lemon juice are all you need to make this classic, kid-friendly snack. "My kids are fighting right now over who gets to eat the last bit of applesauce," says reviewer KIKA9133.
Apple chips are a great snack to take on the go. You can find them pre-made at the store, but they're often way overpriced. Make your own by roasting them in the oven. Reviewers suggest baking on parchment paper or spraying the pan with cooking spray to avoid sticking.
Apple Carrot Muffins
These hearty bran muffins have a secret — they're made with carrots! But kids will never be able to tell. "I make these muffins all the time and my kids and I love them," says reviewer ChileKings.
Apple Pear Sauce
Pears are another fall fruit that doesn't get its due. Pair them with apples to make a sweet, low-sugar snack. "Super easy to make and absolutely delicious," says reviewer deeneecee. "I didn't process it though just mashed it manually because we like a chunkier sauce."
Making this homemade fruit leather isn't complicated, it just takes a little time. Simply blend the ingredients together, spread them on a baking pan, and bake on low heat for 5 to 6 hours. If you don't have a very powerful blender, try this trick from reviewer serindee: "I make this all the time for my daycare kids. In order for it to work in a blender you must cook the apples first in about 1/4 cup of water until barely tender. Then puree in a blender as directed."
Apple Ladybug Treats
For a treat that's as fun to look at as it is tasty, these apple ladybugs are a healthy snack that kids can make themselves. "My kids had fun making these today," says reviewer Sarah Jo. "TIP: I soaked my halved apples in a combination of lemon juice and water. Kept them from browning."
Believe or not, these cinnamon apples are cooked in the microwave in under two minutes. "Quick and easy," says reviewer Heather. "My granddaughter loves this."
Instant Pot® Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats
This Instant Pot oatmeal proves that breakfast can be hearty, healthy, and full of sweet flavor. "Oatmeal made in the Instant Pot® with apples, apple pie spices, and steel-cut oats," says recipe creator Pamela Wurtz. "Serve with your favorite toppings - we added pecans, a little almond milk, and a drizzle of maple syrup."
Carrot-Raisin Salad (Bunny Salad)
"My kids love making and eating 'Bunny Salad', and they have no idea they are voluntarily ingesting veggies," says recipe creator Vanessa. What better way to conceal carrots than apples, vanilla yogurt, and cinnamon?
Fruit Punch Salad
"This fruit salad tastes exactly like that fake, red fruit punch mix, only with really healthy, delicious ingredients," says recipe creator Synnexx. "Our son loved it, and so did we! It is the perfect summer treat."
Cinnamon Apple Toast
Upgrade boring 'ol toast by topping it with a syrupy mixture of apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Take it from reviewer Cooking Enigma says, "It's a no-brainer! Very simple, the kids loved it and it's something they can fix for themselves."
Healthy Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal is ideal for busy mornings because it can be made ahead of time, frozen, and reheated throughout the week. In this recipe the oatmeal is baked in a muffin tin to make individual-servings.
Apple Frog for Kids
Granny smith apples, grapes, cream cheese, and raisins make up these healthy and adorable frog treats that kids can make themselves. "We made them for my twins' 7th birthday as their class treat," says reviewer Junk Mail. "I'm not sure who thought they were more cute, the adults or the kids."