In this week’s Martin & Sylvia story “Apple Pies”, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, the farmers who live next door, are hosting an apple pie contest, complete with games, stories and a lot of apple pie eating. All families must bring a pie to be judged.
We’ve already talked about Martin’s amazing bacon apple pie, but I think Sylvia’s idea sounds good, too! She makes a “crust sandwich” with jam and then stacks in apples, honey, and cinnamon. Sounds warm and delicious, right?
Sylvia’s idea got me thinking—why not skip the pie and make crust-less apple sandwiches? The apple “sandwich” stackers that follow are the result.
While I’ve chosen to stick close to Sylvia’s original ingredients—subbing only peanut butter for the jam—feel free to get creative with these. Think yogurt, cheddar cheese, or any flavor of nut butter you have on hand. Try different kinds of nuts and grains for the crunchy parts, depending on what you like. And if you aren’t afraid of a little mess, lay out the ingredients and let the kiddos stack them together!
Apple Sandwich Stackers
(Makes about 6 stacks with generous topping)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon oil
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 large apples
juice from ½ a lemon
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix the oats and cinnamon. Add the honey and oil, and stir until the oats are coated. Spread the oat mixture on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Your nose will know when they’re done.
Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of cold water with the lemon juice squeezed in. Core and slice the apples and put them in the water. (Tip: If you don’t have an apple corer, cut the apples horizontally, leaving out the section with the core.)
Once the oats are done, prepare your stacks. Start with the bottom apple slice, then layer on some peanut butter. Sprinkle on toasted oats and pumpkin seeds, then top with another apple slice. Enjoy for a snack or light lunch!
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