Remember the kids table from the holidays? We always has one – I sat with my sisters and my cousins and we had a blast. It was so much fun to eat without our parents and listen to them talk about boring stuff like calories and politics. You remember those days, right?
Well, we don’t have any extended family in Texas so unless we travel it’s me, Joe and the boys. We like to have something fun and hands-on for them to do at the holidays – a tradition of our own. We’ve made gingerbread men, decorated cupcakes, made hand turkeys. This year I wanted to do something a little different – and something that anyone could pull together in minutes.
I made these gluten-free, refined sugar-free apple pops with ingredients right out of my pantry. I’m sure you could pull this together too. It’s simple. My kids loved every second of it. We had so much fun – and it was much less stressful than me worrying about them dumping a container of salt into the cookie batter. It’s happened.
I also made the apple slices kid-friendly size. My kids like small bites – as I think most kids do. You can make the apple slices any size you choose.
So, here’s what I pulled out of my pantry to use for our healthier apple pops:
- sea salt
- goji berries (my boys call them red raisins – and love them!)
- salted peanuts
- Sugar-Free Reese’s Cups
- gluten-free pretzels
- dried figs
- unsweetened coconut flakes
If you want to leave this out for a while for kids to do as they please (with an adult to supervise) or if you want to leave it out for the adults to do, too, put the melted chocolate in a small slow cooker set on warm. You don’t want the chocolate to get too hot or it will seize. And, the adults are going to want their own apple pop. I’m being honest when I say that these have the most addicting bite. The crispy sweet chocolate, the juicy apple – and the toppings – gosh. My favorite is sea salt, pistachios and goji berries. Coconut and salted peanuts was a close second.
Do you love the sticks I used to make the apple slices into pops? I found them when wandering through World Market. Seriously perfect. Just make sure to collect them from your toddler when they’re done eating their apple pop.
These are so good. Really.