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Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples : No-Bake, Bake or Microwave

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples are delicious no matter if you choose no-bake, bake, or microwave them.  Plus, these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples are a perfect treat to celebrate the Fall season in so many ways!  

First the main ingredients – apples and peanut butter – are sourced from my local farm market!  Fall is the peak growing season for apples. And there is nothing sweeter than a crisp, fresh apple that is grown locally and harvested by my farmer. 

Next, I originally came up with this recipe so that I could use up my leftover trick or treating Halloween candy without feeling shame.  Can you feel guilty about eating a mini chocolate bar when it’s on top of an apple stuffed with peanut butter?!?  I think NOT!

Again these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples will help you support your local farmer, celebrate Fall without shame, and without missing out on any of the season’s tastes and traditions! 

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3 Reason Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples will Help You!

Before I dig into the recipe details of these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples, let’s review the benefits of eating the main ingredients – apples and peanut butter – which again are both found at my local farm market.  

 1. Crush Cravings! 

When most people experience a craving, it is usually for something sweet or something salty.  These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples are a perfect flavor combination to crush cravings!  And this recipe gives you a solution in one delicious bite! 

Cravings can be for sweet or salty foods, but the texture of the food can be a big factor when wanting a snack.  

For instance, entire sections of the grocery store are devoted to crunchy chips and crispy snack crackers.  Where as smooth foods like ice cream, yogurt, nut butters also have their own huge space in the grocery.  

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples are the ideal combination to satisfy your craving for crunchy and smooth textures!  The crispness of the apple and the smooth peanut nut will keep you happy until your next meal. 

2. Fuller Longer & More Energy!

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples are a perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat.  This blend keeps your stomach feeling full between meals.  Plus it makes a great option for a post workout recovery snack and can keep your energy up all day long.

3. Fun and Healthy for Kids of All Ages! 

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples make eating healthy a lot of fun for kids of all ages!  This is especially true when adding in Halloween candy! 

For instance, this recipe when topped with leftover Halloween candy can show your kids…

  • how to balance a holiday sweet with sensible food choices
  • may lead to less cavities because they will fill up with mainly an apple and peanut butter instead of candy
  • reduce energy crashes from eating too much refined sugar that’s found in candy
  • cut down on mood swings from artificial coloring that’s also found in candy
  • allows a creative outlet for your kids to craft and eat!   

This recipe could save your sanity and pocket book from chaos – you’re welcome! 

One last note for kids, this recipe extends the fun of Halloween.  And it gives your kids a happy taste of creating in the kitchen.   I mean, who knows, this recipe could help your kid decide on a career in culinary, nutrition, and food art!  Again – you’re welcome!  

picture of peanut butter stuffed apples with various toppings

3 Top Baking & No-Bake Tips for Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples

You can’t go wrong with these 3 baking options!  You’ve got an option for every food circumstance, and for all the people in your circle. 

1. No Bake Option

I recommend this option because it is the easiest for you and your kids.  You’ll be more likely to eat Halloween candy with the no-bake option because you’ve remove time and baking barriers.  

So yep, the no bake option is simply cutting the apple vertically and removing the seeds, stem, and bottom.  The spoon in the peanut butter into the center!  Next, you can various topping to personalize your No-Bake Peanut Butter Stuffed Apple!  For topping and flavor ideas, jump to the recipe.

2. Oven Baked Option

I enjoy baking these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples when I have extra time. I also use this option for dinner parties when hosting many people.  And will turn this recipe into a holiday candy party with lots of choices for creativity and fun

As for baking tips to ensure the best Oven Baked Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples, I suggest adding  apple cider in the baking dish and foil to the top of the baking dish.  The oven cooks with hot dry heat, so the cider and foil help keep the moisture locked in those juicy, sweet apples! 

And one last bonus : Add caramel to the top of the peanut butter so to make a delicious sauce!  Yep, you may also pick up a caramel dip at your local farm market.  And instead of using just as an apple dip, I suggest a adding a spoonful of caramel dip on top of the peanut butter. 

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3. Microwaved Option

This option is perfect when you don’t have time but want the warmth of a baked apple.  Just like the oven baked option above, I recommend adding apple cider so to keep the moisture locked into the flavor.  

However skip the foil.  Foil and the microwave are NOT friends ever!  Instead cover with a paper towel to keep your microwave clean of food debris. 

H4: BONUS RECIPE : Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples *Microwave*

-Slice an apple in half.  Then remove the seeds, stem and bottom.   

-Place the apple into a bowl.  

-Pour 1/4 cup apple cider over apple half.    

-Add a spoonful of peanut butter to the center of the apple.

-Microwave for 1 minute. 

-Remove from microwave.  Add toppings as desired.  Eat and enjoy! 

picture of peanut butter stuffed apples; no bake, baked, microwaved

4 Flavor Options for Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples are amazing but if you’re wanting to make it your own, try these flavor options below. 

1. Spices 

Freshly ground peanut butter is super yum, but if you would like to spice it up try mixing a dash of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.  A dash of apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice are also great choices! 

2.Syrups and Sauces 

Another fun flavor option is to drizzle the following to the tops of the Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples : Caramel, Honey, Maple Syrup, Chocolate Sauce, Butterscotch Sauce

3.Extra Sweet with your Favorite Halloween Candies  

Yep, you can choose just about any Halloween candy to make these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples your own!  I personally favor mini chocolate candies and chocolate sandwich cookies, however experiment with your favorite holiday sweets.

4.Extra Crunch with you Favorite Toppings

Another topping for these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples is not just a flavor but a crunchy texture.  For instance pretzels, chopped nuts, seeds, and granola can add an extra dimension of flavor and fun! 

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More Tips when Making Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples

The last thing to consider for these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples is how to cut the apple.  For this decision, consider the intended use for these apples.   

For instance if you have extra time to cook and you’re wanting to impress guests, consider a horizontal top cut.   This type of cut will not only look pretty but will also retain extra moisture and flavor.  I cut my Paleo Baked Apples horizontally for holiday gatherings with family.   

However for everyday use, I suggest cutting these apples vertically.  And I also suggest removing the seeds, stem and bottom so that you don’t have to worry about breaking a tooth on a stem or rough apple part!    

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples combine locally grown foods and trick or treating candy so that you can enjoy the tastes and traditions of the Fall season without shame. Even if you don't eat candy, this recipe serves up other healthy food choices so that you can make these Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples your own.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

  • Paring Knife
  • baking dish
  • Measuring Cup
  • spoon
  • Foil or Baking Dish Top
  • Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Apples
  • 2 cups Apple Cider
  • 16 tbsp Peanut Butter

Optional Toppings and/or Spices to be added :  cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, caramel sauce, honey, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, butterscotch sauce, Halloween candy, cookies, pretzels, chopped nuts, seeds, and granola

    Instructions
     

    • Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
    • Wash and throughly dry apples.
    • Grab a paring knife so to carefully cut the apples vertically.  Remove seeds, stems, and bottom from apples.
    • Place cut apples into baking dish.  Pour apple cider atop the apples.
    • Grab peanut butter and spoon.  Place a scoop, or 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter into the centers of the apples.
    • Cover baking dish with foil. Place baking dish into oven for 25 minutes.  
    • Once the apples skins are tender and the apple cider is bubbly, remove baking dish from oven. 
    • Place one apple half into a bowl.  Add optional toppings as desired.  Also consider spooning out the apple cider from the baking dish on top of the Peanut Butter Stuffed Apple. 
    • Serve and enjoy! 

    Notes

    BONUS RECIPE : Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples *Microwave*
     
    -Slice an apple in half.  Then remove the seeds, stem and bottom.   
    -Place the apple into a bowl.  
    -Pour 1/4 cup apple cider over apple half.    
    -Add a spoonful of peanut butter to the center of the apple.
    -Microwave for 1 minute. 
    -Remove from microwave.  Add toppings as desired.  Eat and enjoy! 

    About the Author

    Elizabeth Ray is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is on a mission to help you feel good about food!  She believes food from the farm is best.  And she is developing nutrition resources to help you discover the possibilities of real food that is grown/raised by the local farmer.  

    For more delicious, nutritious and adventurous recipes that are sourced from the farm, click here.

    “May food from the local farm help you flourish!”

    Elizabeth Ray Farmers Market Nutritionist
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