I used to joke that fall was Mother Nature’s trickery to get us to accept the darkness of winter. All the goodness of fall was to ease us in to cold days, shoveling snow, and hibernating most of the winter months. But this time of the year does always have me craving the outdoors even more. Maybe it’s just me trying to squeeze in every last drop of daylight, walking barefoot, and fresh summer fruit. But when the air turns crisp I start to quickly accept the change in weather. (Yes, it does get cooler in So Cal, though fall is definitely not the same here!) To me there’s nothing better than a chilly fall night by a warm fire. And maybe these loaded apple nachos.
I tend to miss the East Coast during this time of year. That super crisp air, wearing boots and sweaters, candles, haunted houses and couch snuggles. Last year we were in Southern Africa for most of the fall though we did make it to Stockholm for a few days of autumnal colors and tons of coffee. We played in the fallen leaves and got pretty dirty…things you don’t mind when you’re a kid. A year later and we’re back in So Cal and fall continues to evade us, though we might find a tree changing colors once in a while. If we’re lucky.
We tend to get more into camping during this time of year. Mr. CN and I have been taking fall camping trips since we met. From the Jersey Shore to Sequoia Nat’l Park and Santa Barbara we have been on the hunt for some crisper air and warming up by the campfire. And of course, fun foods to cook and desserts are a must for our camping trips. We do stuffed s’mores banana boats, and regular s’mores, but these baked apple nachos are on a bit of another level. They’re like pie, but much easier and much healthier. If you bake them in your oven you’d convince everyone that a traditional pie was in the making.
One of the reasons I love this idea is that you can allow everyone to make their own or you can pile on the toppings yourself. It’s fun to give guests the option to choose for themselves and create an activity for people. See below for a topping bar!
I had my friend and her littles over for a Moana movie experience and we had these as a snack (minus the baking part..was way too hot that week for ovens). I added mini marshmallows and crushed graham crackers to the mix. And the assembling began!
For this post I figured that I needed to create them myself and was thinking of toppings. I opened my cupboard and brought out most of my dried goods to top them!
As you can see below, these healthy loaded apple nachos really a beautiful mess.
So whatever your fall favorites are, I hope you’re enjoying!
Oven-baked loaded apple skillet nachos
A fun fall treat to take healthy eating a little less seriously!
- 4 apples , sliced
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil , melted if possible
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. Nut butter of choice creamy
- 1-2 tbsp. Honey
- 1-2 tbsp. Caramel
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Coconut flakes
- Chocolate chips
- chocolate sauce see note below
- crushed graham crackers
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Slice apples into wedges. Coat skillet with coconut oil.
Place sliced apples in a skillet. Drizzle any remaining coconut oil on top of the apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
If doing on a grill or a campfire, place apples in foil packet and close packet tightly. Place packet on the grate of a fire pit over a small fire, on the grill, or on hot charcoals.
In the oven, bake for 30-35 minutes at 350˚F.
On top of a fire, bake for 8-10 minutes, until apples are soft.
Top with desired toppings and serve! You can also set up an apple nacho bar and allow guests to serve themselves.
*The easiest way to make homemade chocolate sauce is to whip up 2 tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder with 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil. Add 1-2 tsp. liquid sweetener of choice and whisk to combine. This will harden in cooler temps, but will easily remelt when warmed up. I keep some in a glass container in the fridge and melt in the microwave when needed.