This post is sponsored by SweeTango apples.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. This year, school may look a little different but one thing remains the same — yummy, brain-boosting snacks are essential to keep your kids energized and focused. Whether your kids are back in the classroom or e-learning at the kitchen table, SweeTango® apples are a smart choice.
SweeTango apples are a top choice for apple lovers. They are crunchy and juicy with hints of citrus, honey, and spice. Make it the apple you pick this fall! Depending on where you live, SweeTango apples are available from mid-August to early September and even into November and early December. Find out where SweeTangos are close to you with the SweeTango apple finder.
Pack a SweeTango apple or apple slices in your child’s lunch and let them enjoy the crunch! For more unique ideas, try one of these SweeTango apple lunchbox ideas. They double as after-school snacks too!
SweeTango Apple Energy Bites
These energy bites are packed with flavor and brain-boosting ingredients like apples, cinnamon, chia seeds, pepitas, and oats. These filling treats are a sweet way to keep your child focused and energized for afternoon classes. Best yet, there are no added sugars or sweeteners! They keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. Or, make ahead and store in the freezer for several weeks — they’ll be ready to revive your child’s energy levels if they start to plunge!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons pepitas
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup shredded SweetTango apple
To make, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Use an ice cream scoop or tablespoon to scoop enough mixture to make a 2-inch ball. Roll each ball in your hands until round and smooth.
SweeTango Apple PB&J
We all know peanut butter goes great with apples, but jelly does too! This unique spin on a traditional sandwich is perfect for kids who are gluten-intolerant. Bonus for moms: there are no crusts to cut off!
- 1 SweeTango apple, cut and cored
- Peanut Butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- Jelly of your choice
To make, cut and core a SweeTango apple. Spread peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) and jelly onto the apple and top with another apple ring.
SweeTango Apple, Ham, and Cheese Skewers
Food on a stick is just more fun! Salty ham and cheddar cheese is a yummy complement to SweeTango apples. This is one tasty trio!
- 1 SweeTango apple, cut into pieces
- Deli-sliced ham
- Cheddar cheese cubes
Assemble skewers by alternating ingredients. For best results, roll ham and slice in half before adding to the skewer.
Cinnamon SweeTango Apples
Fully embrace fall flavors with this simple recipe. Cinnamon is the perfect compliment to SweeTango’s natural flavors of citrus, honey, and spice. This snack eats like a dessert, yet there’s no added sugar!
- 1 SweeTango apple, cut and cored
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
To make, heat coconut oil in a small skillet. Once the oil is melted, add apple pieces and cook for 2-4 minutes until easily pierced with a fork. Toss with cinnamon and enjoy!
Now that everyone’s bellies are full and brains are fueled, give this fun SweeTango activity sheet a try:
SweeTango and The Produce Moms would like to wish everyone a happy back to school season. For even more delicious SweeTango recipes the whole family will love, click here.
Tell us which one of these back to school apple recipes you plan to try first. Share in the comments below.