You just can’t go wrong with apples and peanut butter. It is a snack staple in our house. My boys like to just chow down on an apple, but of course sliced with peanut butter is extra special. If the boys had free access to apples we would probably go through at least ten pounds a week! I can’t fill the fruit bowl anymore because they eat them so quickly, I even find apple cores up in their bathroom trash can or better yet under their beds!
A couple months ago I happened to come across a recipe for cinnamon peanut butter from Averie Sunshine of AverieCooks.com. It sounded brilliant! I love anything cinnamon and pretty much everything peanut butter too. I had to give it a try. It was amazing. Jack declared it the “special peanut butter” when he asked for it. I have since made a couple other flavored peanut butters and love them all, I just can’t pick a favorite. This time I decided to combine my personal favorite flavors in the peanut butter, cinnamon and chocolate.
So back to the apples. They are an excellent vessel for holding peanut butter, plus they are nutritious. As long as you don’t overdo the peanut butter this is a pretty healthy snack. This snack is both kid friendly and adult friendly, a true winner. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks
Chocolate Cinnamon Peanut Butter and Apples
16 oz. honey roasted peanuts
9 oz. bag cinnamon chips
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 Tbs. chocolate liqueur, optional
Salt to taste, optional
Apples, cored and sliced
Place the peanuts in a food processor. Process for approximately five minutes. It will be rather loud! The peanuts will go from chopped to clumpy and will eventually turn into a natural runny type peanut butter.
Once the runny peanut butter is reached and it is a smooth consistency add the rest of the ingredients through the feeder tube while still processing. Process for about another two minutes. The heat of the food processor will help melt the chips as they are chopped finely. Once everything is incorporated it is done!
As soon as the peanut butter is done it will still be on the runny side. At this stage it is great as a dip for the apples or drizzled on top. After it cools it will set and be more firm, a good consistency for spreading on the apples. It’s great both ways! Store what is left in jars and enjoy for a few weeks, if it lasts that long!
Yields about 2 pints peanut butter