Did you know today is
National Peanut Butter Day?
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we’re making the healthiest “cookies” in town! All you need are apple slices, a good slather of peanut butter, and some fresh fruit. Before you know it, you’ll have a fun snack in the shape of Noodle, from Super Simple Songs’ Noodle & Pals on YouTube.
But first, here are some fun peanut butter facts:
Peanut butter has quite the history: invented in 1890 by American snack food maker George Bayle, it is now so popular that the average person consumes more than six pounds of peanut products each year!
It takes approximately 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter. Peanuts are not only cholesterol free, but also an excellent source of protein. In fact, it’s the high protein content that causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth!
Noodle Apple “Cookie” Slices
1 apple, sliced into 4 (remove the seeds)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 slice of cantaloupe (for the nose)
8 slices of banana (for the eyes)
24 blueberries (2 for the eyes and 4 for the hair)
8 raspberries (for the cheeks)
1/4 cup melted chocolate chips (for the mouth)
• recipe makes four “cookies”
1. Slather the peanut butter over each slice of apple
2. Carefully cut the nose shapes out of a thin slice of cantaloupe
3. Place the cantaloupe nose in the middle of the apple face
4. Add the banana slices and blueberries for the eyes
5. Assemble Noodle’s blueberry hair, and raspberry cheeks on the cookie
6. Pipe a small amount of melted chocolate for the smile
7. Ta da! Your Noodle Apple “Cookies” are complete. Enjoy!
Be sure to reference the step-by-step photo tutorial to help you assemble each Noodle Apple “Cookie.” You can even get your kids to help! Do you have younger kids itching to get involved in the kitchen? Have all the fruit pieces cut in advance of assembly, this shortcut should help make this recipe accessible to even the youngest Noodle fans.
We know that parents are always on the lookout for healthier alternatives to childhood favorites. The simplicity of the ingredients in these Noodle Apple “Cookies” allows you to have control over the quality of the final product, while still preparing a delicious and entertaining snack for your kids!
Get creative! Add letters or numbers with fruit to plain apple cookies, along with Noodle so that your kids can practice while they’re eating. Make snacking about more than just food, make it interactive!
If you’re going to give these peanutty confections a try, don’t forget to share your results on social media – we’d love to see them!
Peanut facts via Punchbowl.
Cara Ansis is the creator behind the site Fork & Beans, a site decided to making fun and kid-inspired recipes. She encourages moms and dads to let their kids play with their food! She is also a cookbook author. Cara resides is Chicago, IL with her husband and 11 month old son. Follow Cara on Instagram or via her blog: http://www.forkandbeans.com/
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