healthy snackingApples come in a variety of colors, density, and size. If your kids have a difficult time eating raw apple slices, try baking a flavorful batch of sliced Rome Beauties or Golden Delicious apples.

After they cool, divide the bounty into plastic zip bags.

Close the bags and refrigerate or freeze until it’s time to enjoy another batch.

The peel softens during baking, so there’s no need to remove the skin. Keeping it on makes it easier for younger kids to pick up and eat the slices.

Most snacks are finger foods because they are simple to eat! Popcorn, nuts, cookies and chicken tenders are good examples, but you can do it better than even some of those using apples.

Prep work is reduced even more by using an apple corer and slicer. What fun to get the even slices you’ve been secretly admiring in store-bought and bakery pies!

The size makes it easy to snack on one or two pieces of this healthy fruit while organizing the items needed for cooking.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Apple Slices

Ingredients:

6 baking apples

2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

1/4 cup of butter, margarine, or other butter substitute

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 cup apple or orange juice

1/4 cup hot water

Directions:

Place rack in oven to the center position. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wash, core, and slice the apples. Peel the skin off if desired. Combine the liquids and seasonings in a medium-sized bowl. Spread the apple slices in a glass baking dish. Pour the water and juice mixture over the slices. Add small bits of butter over the apples.

Put the baking dish into the oven. Bake the apples for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and let the apples cool slightly before serving.

This is a delicious dessert for adults, as well. Add small chopped walnuts, craisins, raisins, yogurt, and/or whipped cream topping for an appealing after-dinner treat.