Kid-Friendly Apple Recipes for Snacks, Lunchboxes or Parties

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To help keep little ones entertained and well-nourished, boring sandwiches are out, fun bento-worthy eats are in! And what better way to celebrate the flavors of fall than a few kid-friendly apple recipes that can travel to school, be prepared quickly for afternoon snacks, or provide healthy delicious fun at festivities. Plus, all three of the kid-friendly apple recipes shown here are safe for most – they’re dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free and optionally vegan.

Three Kid-Friendly Apple Recipes for Snacks or Lunchboxes - dairy-free + gluten-free (Apple Kabobs, Apple Bagels, Pirate Apples)

Apple Treasure Chest
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 kid size apples (like Lil Snappers)
  • 1 can (6-ounces) white albacore tuna*, packed in water, drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise*
  • ½ teaspoon honey mustard*
  • ½ carrot, finely diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice off the top one-third of each apple. Using a small teaspoon or grapefruit spoon, core-out the center of each apple base (working outward from center-most part of fruit), leaving ¼-inch outer edge.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the tuna, mayonnaise, mustard and carrot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon ¼ cup of the tuna salad into each apple, top with the top one-third of apples, tilted slightly to resemble a chest being opened.
  4. Use playful, pirate-themed cupcake holders and flagged toothpicks to make for fun presentation and easy clean-up, if desired.
Notes
*For a vegan version, substitute mashed chickpeas (drained) for the tuna and use a vegan mayo and lightly sweet vegan mustard.
Three Kid-Friendly Apple Recipes for Snacks or Lunchboxes - dairy-free + gluten-free (Apple Kabobs, Apple Bagels, Pirate Apples)
Apple Kabobs
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 kid size apple (like Lil Snappers)
  • 3 ounces dairy-free cheese alternative (like Daiya blocks or Follow Your Heart blocks)
  • 1 slice oven-roasted turkey, cut ¼ to ½-inch thick
Instructions
  1. Core the apple and slice in half vertically.
  2. Place the two halves on a cutting board, flesh side down, and slice each into 3 to 4 slices, from stem end to bottom to resemble half-moon.
  3. Cut 2 to 3½-inch slices from the cheese alternative, depending on dimensions, cut each slice again to create square or triangle shapes, as preferred.
  4. Cut cubes of turkey from the slice, or use a 1½ to 2-inch round cutter to cut rounds of turkey from the slice, and cut each round in half.
  5. Thread pieces onto 2 skewers, alternating between apple slices, cheese alternative and turkey.
Three Kid-Friendly Apple Recipes for Snacks or Lunchboxes - dairy-free + gluten-free (Apple Kabobs, Apple Bagels, Pirate Apples)
Sweet Apple Bagels
 
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The pictured version is made "donut-style" with Hail Merry Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroon bits, but you can keep it simple or add your toppings of choice.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 medium organic apples
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a spice grinder or food processor*, and process until finely ground and beginning to clump. Add the coconut oil, vanilla, and salt, and process again until smooth and creamy.
  2. Core the apples and slice horizontally into ¼- to ½-inch thick rounds.**
  3. Spread the cashew butter onto one side of each apple round. If toppings are desired, add them now and press lightly into the cashew butter.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. The coconut oil will help the cashew butter set up like a rich, creamy glaze.
Notes
*If using a medium to large food processor, you may want to double the batch of cashew butter. This would be 1 cup cashews, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and a big dash of salt.

**If you are concerned about browning, you can toss the apple rounds with citrus juice (lemon, pineapple, or orange).

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

4 Comments

  1. These are fantastic! My kids are WILD about apples as is, but I think some of these recipes will be huge hits in our home. Thank you for sharing!

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