Super-simple to make and healthy to eat, these apple and peanut butter sandwiches make a great high-protein, high-fiber snack any time of day. Quick homemade granola with honey and cinnamon adds a nutty crunch to the classic combo.
Mini Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwich Recipe
Yields 16 sandwiches
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of sea salt
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins
4 medium apples
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 300° F.
- Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Combine orange juice, honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
- Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes, stirring well halfway through.
- Stir in raisins and let cool completely.
- To assemble sandwiches, core each apple and cut into ¼-inch slices (8 slices per apple). If you won’t be eating these right away, brush the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Spread two teaspoons of peanut butter on eight apple slices then sprinkle with granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches.
Granola can be made up to two weeks ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Feel free to get creative and stir in your favorite extras, like dried fruit, nuts, seeds or toasted coconut.