Recipe: Apple Sandwiches

It’s the end of the school year and that means it’s time to dig deep and get creative when it comes to snacks and lunches. Am I right? Yes! Enter apple sandwiches! They’re revolutionizing lunch time around here and are sure to be a snack and lunch time winner throughout the coming summer.

Just like regular sandwiches, the sky is the limit with apple sandwiches. Much of the fun is in the dreaming of fun ingredients and exciting combinations. Loop in your kids, take a gander at the ideas below, and then, add apple sandwiches to your menu!

The first step when making apple sandwiches is to create your “bread”. Slice a large apple into large, thin rounds and decide if you prefer a closed or open-faced sandwich. Then, add a spread and other toppings.

Here’s some of our favorites and some we want to try soon …

The Banana Split

My personal favorite … it’s just so good and fresh! Raspberries are just as good when those come in season.

  • Nutella spread
  • Banana rounds
  • Strawberry slices

The Peanut Butter and Jelly

A twist on the classic. If extra crunch sounds good, sprinkle some salted or honey roasted peanut halves on as well. Or shredded coconut! That jives well with this combo too.

  • Peanut butter
  • Cranberries bits

Big Bugs ‘n Little Bugs

Obvious that my son named this one, right? Pictured above, the top left, you can see how the currants look like big bugs and the chia seeds look like little ones. Good thing this apple sandwich tastes MUCH better than real creepy crawlies.

  • Raw honey
  • Currants
  • Chia seeds

The Sunny Day

First off, if you haven’t discovered Wild Friends, you must! Beyond delicious! The dried apricots add a splash of “sunshine” on this apple sandwich and the granola pairs perfectly.

  • Cocoa based nut butter (Wild Friends makes some great ones!)
  • Dried apricot bits
  • Granola

The Sweet Bite

Everyone’s favorite is the dessert sandwich, of course!

  • Peanut butter
  • Lemon tea cookies, crumbled
  • Chocolate chips

The Picnic

The best thing about apple sandwiches is that they balance the stickiness of nut butter spreads. I especially love this mix of almond butter with the soft chew of raisins and the crunch of pumpkin seeds, which, are surprisingly high in zinc and iron. Who knew?!?

  • Almond butter
  • Raisins
  • Pumpkin seeds
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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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