Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stellar Snack

Thought I'd share one of my favorite snacks. I know some schools went back yesterday from summer vacation and this makes a great after school snack that both kids and adults love.

Shelly's Open Faced Apple Sandwiches

You need:

Variety of Toppings:
Peanut Butter *
Almond Butter (or another Nut Butter)
Ricotta Cheese
Sugar Free Jam/Jelly *
Granola (I used my Semi Homemade Granola, see below) *
Unsweetened Coconut
Powdered Peanut Butter
Protein Powder
Crumbled Protein Bar
Banana Slices
Crushed Nuts
Sugar Free Chocolate or Caramel Sauce
Sugar Free Maple Syrup

Slice apples crosswise (if you are making it for you and some whippersnappers be sure to tell them the Apple Star Story as you cut the apple.)

Rub with lemon to prevent browning.

Spread with peanut butter (or one of the other sticky suggestions) and sprinkle with toppings. Mine are the starred * items.

I made 3: a plain peanut butter, a PB&J with peanut butter and Smucker's Simply Fruit Strawberry and a peanut butter topped with some of my semi homemade granola. They are pretty filling. I cut them in 1/2 and shared them.

My food dehydrator was working overtime this weekend. I dried Kale into Kale Chips, Pineapple, Figs, Cherries, Peaches, Strawberries, Bananas. I used some of the yummy dried fruits I made to make a very uninteresting bag of No Sugar Added Granola super interesting.

My Semi Homemade Granola

Shelly's Semi Homemade Granola

1 cup No Sugar Added Granola
1/4 cup Dried Fruits (I used strawberries, figs, cranberries, cherries, unsweetened banana chips)
dash of Cinnamon

Mix till combined. Store in a sealed container. Great on my Open Faced Apple Sandwiches, in a bowl with a splash of milk or soy milk, as a topping for Protein Ice Cream or Yogurt.


Donna said...

I've been substituting sliced apples for crackers for a while now... one of my favorites is with a good reduced fat cheddar and a braeburn apple. YUM!

Cari said...

I'm haviong a hard time finding no sugar added granola. Most use honey. What do you use? Thanks.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Mmmm Donna, Yes of course cheese... classic combo.

Hey Cari,

Granola base is this:


Very boring on it's own. Fruit juice sweetened.


chpdlivr said...

I just had to tell you that I got myself one of those cool bento boxes........can't wait to take it to school and be the envy of all the teachers!!

cyndy40 said...

A girl after my own heart! I love PB and apples! In fact, my menu for tomorrow has PB and apples on it for lunch. Could you relay to star and the apple story to me? It has never crossed my ears, and I would love to share it with my six year old daughter. Who, by the way, loves PB and apples, too.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Cyndy, Sooo good. With Almond Butter is a favorite too.

The Apple Star Story link in the blog entry is active and will send you to a version of the story. Hope you both enjoy it!


Anonymous said...

Hey Shelly, first of all I love your site! You make RNY eating so much fun!

Talk about your food dehydrator and the process you use. Do you do anything to keep fruits and veggies from turning strange colors or do you just cut them up and dry them?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

chpdlivr, You are going to have so much fun filling the little boxes. I feel like a kid at recess :)


Michelle "Shelly" said...

On the dehydrating...

I dip the fruits in acidulated water just a fancy name for lemon juice/water. I squeeze a whole lemon into luke warm water and dip the fruit before placing them on the drying trays.


Vikki said...

Always told my class the story of the "Little red house with no windows and no door and a star in the middle" during Sept. (Retired kindergarten teacher)

I'll have to give the apple sammies a try. I love peanut butter and granny smiths.
Hugs and blessings,