#SundaySupper knows that this time of year is crazy, so that’s why we are here with over thirty Back to School Recipes to help make life just a little bit easier and a lot more tasty. Give the kids a healthy afternoon snack that only looks like an indulgent dessert. Seven basic ingredients and just a few minutes of prep time and you can welcome the kids off the school bus with Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos
In just a couple of weeks (school doesn’t start till August 31st here in Maryland), I will officially have a kindergartener. Not to be cliche, but I feel like it was just yesterday that I first held my teeny little Bug in my arms and felt that joy that you only experience the moment your child enters the world. And now he will be starting school – it’s definitely a huge milestone.
Since it is back to school time, this is when you see people posting on social media not just photos of their kids holding up signs proudly displaying what grade they are entering, but also how much they sobbed when they walked their child to the bus stop for the first time, how they felt so alone while their child was off at school all they day, how they want them to stay their little babies forever. Hashtags will abound – #stopgrowing, #growinguptoofast, that sort of thing. And that’s all okay. We all have our ways to process these moments and milestones.
But I guess I’m a different kind of mama. Now don’t get me wrong. I love my children. I want to spending wonderful times together and soak up all of their little-ness. But I don’t want them to stay the way they are. I don’t want to feeeze time. I want to enjoy the moments and stages as they occur, but I want them to keep growing, keep learning, keep experiencing, keep achieving new things. I get the most joy every time they master something new. The Bug is swimming better than he ever has before and is close to being ready to take the training wheels off go his bike. Little Dude is stringing together sentences of increasing length and complexity, and it developing this hilarious over-the-top super-expressive personality. And now with The Bug starting school and on the cusp of learning so many things, and even Little Dude starting at a new preschool and really coming into his own as a person with his own preferences and ability to express them, there is so much to look forward to this year. This is what I find the most exciting and fun and rewarding about being a mom – seeing become these awesome, intelligent little people that hopefully will become even more awesome, even more intelligent big people. That’s how I know that despite the bad days and tough times, really, I am doing an okay job with these two little monkeys.
So I have my own hashtag – #watchthemgrow. That’s what I plan on doing, and I probably won’t “enjoy every moment”, as some people say. I mean, who really enjoys those moments of the kid puking in the car on a long road trip or having a tantrum in Target or refusing to take a much-needed nap? But I am enjoying the overall process of helping them navigate their way through this journey of life.
And I have a feeling that wherever thy ar eon that journey, they’ll enjoy snacking on these…
You only need seven ingredients and a few minutes to put together these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos. I’ve seen lots of apple nachos recipes that are laid out on a platter for serving at a party, but I wanted to make little nacho bowls for each of my kiddos. I also wanted a healthy recipe that was made with ingredients I usually have on hand so that I can whip it up any day, A simple cheesecake mixture made from cream cheese and Greek yogurt, and sweetened with just a little honey is a protein packed, creamy topping for those crisp, crunchy apple slices, and then peanut butter and chocolate, because, well, peanut butter and chocolate. What else do I really need to say? But just a teaspoon of each, so not a ton of extra calories or sugar, but it makes it taste oh, so good! I can guarantee that your kids (and mine) will be begging for apple nachos all the time. And what a fun treat to whip up as soon as you get home from those autumn apple picking outings!
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What are your kids’ favorite after school snacks?
- 1 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 apple, sliced
- 2 teaspoons Peanut Butter
- 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, blend together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla. You can use a spoon or spatula, but I like to use the whisk attachment for my hand mixer to make it light and fluffy.
- Divide the apple slices between two bowls. Top each with half of the cream cheese mixture.
- If your peanut butter is very thick, microwave for a few seconds to soften it, then drizzle about one teaspoon over each bowl.
- Sprinkle about one teaspoon of mini chocolate chips over each bowl.
Here are some more after school snack ideas…
- Whole Wheat Apple Pumpkin Muffins
- Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ball
- Honey Nut No-Bake Granola Bars
And look at all these amazing #SundaySupper recipes to help you through the crazy Back to School season…
Getting Started On School Days
- Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins by Caroline’s Cooking
- Caramel Apple Granola by What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars by Ruffles & Truffles
- Cinnamon Chocolate Overnight Oats by Whole Food | Real Families
- Funfetti French Toast by Brunch with Joy
- PB&J Muffins by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Ideas for the Lunchbox
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich by Cooking Chat
- Mini Pepperoni Calzones by The Redhead Baker
- Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls by Curious Cuisiniere
After School Snacks and Beverages
- Back to School Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Fruit ‘n Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites by The Weekend Gourmet
- Healthy Blueberry Peach Oat Bars by Simply Healthy Family
- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits by An Appealing Plan
- Mother’s Ruin Punch by Food Lust People Love
- “Nut Butter” Rice Crispy Balls by Books n’ Cooks
- Parmesan Crisps Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Monkey Bread by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Waffle Pizzas by Our Good Life
School Night Suppers
- Beef Peppers and Onions Burritos by Family Foodie
- One Pot Bacon-Cheeseburger Pasta by A Gouda Life
- Oven Fried Portabello Mushroom Fries by Food Done Light
- Peanut Chicken Cutlets by Magnolia Days
- Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Cream Sauce by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Turmeric Chicken and Couscous by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweets to End the Day
- Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes by NinjaBaker
- M&M Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Oreo Rice Krispy Treats by The Crumby Cupcake
- Paleo Cherry Blondies by Pies and Plots
- Plum Crumble Bars by Feeding Big
- Stuffed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats by That Skinny Chick Can Bake