Ever since I made my Watermelon Donuts a few years back, I’ve become obsessed with donut-ifying whatever fruit (or food) I can get my hands on. And because apples have been a craze over the internet, I thought making No Bake Apple Donuts, Fork & Beans style, would be a fun way to celebrate the upcoming season of back-to-school snacks. That’s right, we are already talking all things back-to-school for the kids*
*I figure out what time of the year it is based off of what’s displayed in the seasonal section of Target and today it was full of backpacks, glue, and markers. Hence, back-to-school season must be upon us.
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If you ask me, school seems to start earlier and earlier with every year. I remember the good ol’ days when summer wouldn’t end until after Labor Day. None of this starting the school year in August nonsense. Listen to me, I sound like an old woman. I remember back in my day…
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What hasn’t changed is the need for healthy, brain powered snacks that kids still need to keep them fueled for the day. That’s where I come in to help! What you’ll need to make these No Bake Apple Donuts:
- green and/or red apples (I personally like the green ones best for this)
- peanut butter
- cocoa powder
- mini chocolate chips
These easy, no bake apple donuts are the perfect after school snack for kids, full of healthy and good-for-you ingredients.
- 3 apples, cut into ½" thick slices
- 2 c. water + juice of 1 lemon* (see notes)
- ½ c. peanut butter, creamy and natural
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- rainbow sprinkles
- chocolate sprinkles
- cacao nibs
- mini chocolate chips
- chopped nuts or seeds
- Cut small circles out in the middle of each apple slice.
- Soak the apple rings into the water and lemon juice mixture for 5-10 minutes. Pat dry completely.
- Mix together the peanut butter and cocoa powder until smooth and well combined. Slather over each slice.
- Add the toppings of choice.
No Bake Apple Donuts recipe notes:
1. If you plan on packing these up in your kid’s lunchbox, do not skip the water and lemon juice step. It will keep the apples from turning brown.
2. The “frosting” is not sweetened but if you want, you can add a tablespoon of maple syrup to give it a little sweet kick.
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If you are looking for more after school snack ideas or great recipes to throw into your child’s lunchbox, you can see my Lunchbox page for some new and creative ways to eat.