Apple Snack Ideas
Easy Baked Apple Chips
5 Large Granny Smith Apples
1/2 C. Lemon Juice
1 Quart Cold Water
Warm oven to 150 degrees
- Skin and core apples using the pictured device or by hand.
- Cut the apples into 1/4 inch thin pieces to resemble chips
- Dip the cut apples into the cold water/lemon mixture (to prevent browning).
- Line the apples on an oven-proof baking rack (metal cookie cooling racks will do)
- Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and a small amount of sugar.
- Place the apples in the preheated oven for 5-8 hours.
Open the oven door just a bit to let air circulate.
- Let cool and store in an air-tight container.
APPLESAUCE MINI PIZZAS These are really yummy! Kind of an apple Danish taste. Don’t worry about exactness here- anything goes! This would be great for a cooking center activity, with picture cards for the children to look at.
Per child- 1/2 English muffin 1 Tbs. soft cream cheese 1 Tbs. applesauce 1 shake cinnamon a few raisins
Paper plates, plastic knives, toaster or oven.
1. Give each child an English muffin half. 2. Let each child spread muffin with cream cheese. 3. Plop the applesauce on top of the cream cheese, and spread around. 4. Shake on the cinnamon. 5. Sprinkle with raisins. 6. Toast until warm. (Can do a bunch on a cookie sheet in the oven) Cool slightly before serving.
Take a whole apple and core it. Fill the center with red hots and butter. Place in microwave to melt the filling. This idea is best for an older group as it gets pretty hot.
Baby Apple Pies
Materials needed: Pre-mixed pie crusts, biscuit cutter, saucepan rolling pin, muffin tins, shortening, apple pie filling, toaster oven
What to do: Turn the muffin tins upside down. Grease & flour lightly the bottoms of the muffin tin cups. Let the children cut circles using a biscuit cutter to fit over the bottom of the muffin tin cups. Let the children take the pie crust circles and shape them over the bottom of the muffin tin cups. Bake the baby pie crusts following the directions on the pie crust package, but shorten the baking time slightly. Remove the baby pie crusts from the oven, and take them off the bottoms of the tins to cool. Heat the apple pie filling in a saucepan. Fill the baby pie crusts and enjoy!
Blender Applesauce (no cooking needed)
6 large apples 3/4 cup water sugar & cinnamon to taste
Peel, core, and cut apples into chunks. Put water & a few chunks of apples in a blender. Blend mixture and add remaining apple pieces. Add sugar & cinnamon to taste. Enjoy!!
This is something I picked up while student teaching; “apple smiles”. Give each child 2 apple wedges. Have them (or you) spread peanut butter on one side of both wedges. Next, take mini- marshmallows(approx.4or5)and sandwich them between the 2 wedges, creating an apple smile.
I love apple time. I’m fortunate enough to have several apple trees. I kick off the unit with a trip to the apple orchard. Then I bring in several apples. Using my apple peeler, I peel them, trying to make the skins as long as possible. Using the services of a mother helper, the children take their peel and measure it. We mark the lengths on the marker board for later comparisons. One of the adults dunks the peel in cinnamon sugar. Then they eat it. They love this activity. Then using the cut up apples, we put them in my big electric cook pot with plenty of water, sugar, and cinnamon. We go to recess while the apples cook. Then they are put in the fridge to chill for our afternoon snack. Hint: I make a batch of applesauce at home, to ensure there is enough, plus I cut up several apples ahead of time so it doesn’t take so long to cut them for the applesauce we cook in school. I also give the kids their sauce in paper cups. Much nicer than bowls or plates.
Apple snack: Need apples cut into wedges and several flavors of the Jell-O mix (the kind that has sugar in it). You will not make the Jell-O but use it in it’s powdered form. Children dip an apple wedge into one of the Jell-O powders, covering all sides of the apple. Let the apple sit for several seconds, it turns a bright color. Then eat the apple. It’s a messy activity but great fun. Best Jell-O’s to use; orange, raspberry, lime, blueberry.
Apples are my favorite theme. I have had a lot of success with young two’s. They are always interested in the different types of apples. I bring a yellow, a green, and a red apple and we talk about the differences and the similarities. Obviously, they notice the color difference first, but soon they notice the size, the texture, the weight, the taste, etc. Then we talk about how apples are the same, how they grow,… When we are finished observing them, we slice them with my apple slicer/peeler/corer (not necessary…can also use a knife-although they love the slicer) and make Apple Pizzas!
Apple Pizza 20 refrigerator biscuits 1 cup grated cheese 5-6 apples 1 cup brown sugar 4 Tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon tiny pats of margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Flatten the biscuits. Place them on a greased cookie sheet. (I cover it with foil, and write the name of each child with a permanent marker–then they get the one they have handled.) 2. Sprinkle grated cheese on a biscuit. 3. Place sliced apples on top of the cheese. 4. Mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in a zippered bag. Place one tablespoon on each biscuit. 5. Place a tiny margarine pat on top. 6. Bake for 15 minutes. (Watch out..this is high altitude cooking! Yours may cook more quickly!) 7. Enjoy your apple pizza.
I type this recipe on a piece of paper, draw an apple around it, and send it home with the child. Mom and Dad always enjoy it too.
During snack time, have an apple tasting party! Gather many different kinds of apples and try each one. Take a poll of the children to find out which ones they like best. Graph the results.