All the conference rooms in my office have a jar of candy on each table, and I happen to sit right next to one. Do you know how bad that is for my diet? It’s bad. Very, very bad.
Don’t get me wrong – I love candy. I also like peanut butter. And chocolate. And apples. So it’s really no surprise that I made my peanut butter and chocolate apple “nachos”. But here’s the thing – sometimes I just don’t have time to slice an apple, melt chocolate and peanut butter, and assemble it all together. And then sometimes I get the craving when I’m sitting at my desk at work, and I don’t have any of those ingredients on hand. That’s when the poor decision to run into the conference room and steal candy happens, and I hate myself for the rest of the day. I keep granola bars in my desk, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes I just need apples + peanut butter + chocolate.
I was determined to come up with a portable version of the apple nachos that wouldn’t go bad after one day. What I finally came up with is heaven-sent. Okay, it’s actually just me-sent, but still. All you need is chocolate, peanut butter, an apple, and some mini muffin baking cups.
They’re simple to make with only four ingredients, bite-sized, easy to grab and go, and the perfect little snack to quell a craving for sweets! I may or may not have eaten six in one sitting, but that’s neither here nor there.
They kinda look like little squished marshmallows inside, don’t they? Fear not – it’s actually a small serving of fruit and not a sugar bomb. I recommend adding more peanut butter on top of the apple slice before you cover it with more chocolate – I didn’t do it here because I was scraping the bottom of my jar and didn’t have enough. Do as I say, not as I do.
And just for giggles, here’s a gif I made that it currently making me very hungry. BRB, gotta grab a handful of peanut butter apple cups.
A bite-sized peanut butter cup with the added bonus of hidden fruit inside! It only takes three (or four) ingredients and can be ready in an hour.
16 ounces dark chocolate
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
1 apple, cored and cut into 3/4” circles
Place chocolate into a medium-sized microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Coat the bottom and sides of 12 mini muffin baking cups with about 3/4 of the melted chocolate. Place cups in freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
In a small bowl, mix peanut butter and powdered sugar until well combined (powdered sugar can also be omitted altogether). Set aside.
Slice an apple and use a cookie cutter, shot glass or similarly-sized circular item to cut out 3/4″ pieces. Set aside.
Remove chocolate cups from freezer and add about 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter mixture in the middle. Place one apple slice into center, cover with another 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter. Cover top completely with remaining melted chocolate.
Place in fridge for 30 minutes to set, then peel off the wrappers and enjoy!