You are definitely going to want to work this tasty treat into your after-school snack rotation soon. These chocolate peanut butter apple slices are so yummy, and pretty healthy too, especially if you use a good quality dark chocolate. Plus, you can decorate them with a variety of toppings. My girls had a blast making (and eating!) them!
Ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Slices:
- peanut butter
- semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or a chocolate bar, chopped (about a quarter-cup per apple)
- coconut oil
- toppings: shredded unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts, granola, sprinkles
These turn out best with a few minutes to chill out in the freezer or fridge between steps. Prep a tray or pan with waxed paper, and be sure it fits in your freezer and refrigerator! I did the peanut butter part ahead of time, and my girls came and finished these with the chocolate-dipping and topping-sprinkling.
Slice an apple (or two or three) and spread peanut butter on half of each slice. I like leaving the other half of the apple slices plain to use as a handle. If your peanut butter is hard to spread, scoop some into a dish and microwave it for a few seconds to soften it up. Lay the peanut buttered apple slices on your prepped tray and stick in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
While your apples and peanut butter are chilling, get your chocolate topping ready. For two apples, I used about 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. The coconut oil makes the melted chocolate silky and perfect for dipping or drizzling. Combine chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bar) and coconut oil, and melt in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, stir, and continue heating in 15-second increments until melted and smooth.
Set out any toppings you want to add to your apples slices. We used shredded coconut and chopped pecans on our apple treats. You could also use another favorite chopped nut, granola, or even sprinkles for extra fun.
Pull the apples out of the freezer and dip each slice in the melted chocolate, covering most or all of the peanut butter. Lay the slices back on the waxed paper, and sprinkle any toppings on right away. Since the apples are cold, the chocolate should start hardening pretty quickly.
My girls had quite a system going – they took turns tipping the bowl to make it easier to dip the apples into the chocolate. When all your slices are dipped in chocolate, put the tray in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to let the chocolate finish hardening. It’s hard to wait, but so worth it. Just lick the chocolate bowl clean while you are waiting!
I’m sure we’ll be making these chocolate peanut butter apple slices again – and again and again!