How to Make an Apple Sandwich

In case you’ve seen these apple sandwiches around, but have no idea how to make them…this is for you!

First, you’ll need…

The Supplies

Required Supplies:

  • An apple (of course!)
  • Some nut or seed butter like peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter
  • Large knife, small table knife, and cutting board
  • Small round cookie cutter (I got mine in a set from Sur la Table)

Optional Supplies: 

  • Raisins
  • Lemon – to keep apple from turning brown
  • Toothpicks – helps hold sandwich together in a lunchbox that likely gets tossed all around!
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1. Cut off the top of the apple and then make the first thin slice (a.k.a. the top of the sandwich).
2. Make another slice, which will become the bottom of the sandwich. If you started cutting near the top of the apple you can get four slices (2 sandwiches) out of one apple.
3. Cut out the core with a small round cookie cutter. You can also use a table knife and go around in a circular motion, but it’s not nearly as pretty. :)
4. Add some nut or seed butter (like peanut butter).
5. If desired, add some raisins as well.
6. Put on the top of the sandwich.
7. If you don’t trust your child to keep their lunchbox in one position all day long then secure with wooden toothpicks (plastic ones can break in apple). Also be sure to instruct your child to remove the toothpicks before taking a bite. :)
8. Squirt with lemon juice to help keep apple from turning brown. You can also mix lemon with a little water so it doesn’t taste so “lemony” or like “cleaner” as my daughter once told me.
And voila…there’s lunch! This apple sandwich is paired with a whole-wheat zucchini muffin, frozen peas (that defrost by lunchtime), and cheddar cheese cubes.

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  1. I make turkey Swiss sandwiched with apple slices for potlucks and weekends. Devoured. Apple skidded slices with curried chicken salad, no ghost, are a huge hit.

  2. We use natural peanut butter. Will it be too runny to make in the morning and eat by lunchtime? I’m just afraid with the peanut butter being so thin it will be runny. I could always make my own peanut butter in the food processor too…just wondering!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Abby. It could be a little runny. I often drain much of the oil from the peanut butter that I need to be more sturdy. I keep another container fully intact and that’s the one I use for spreading on sandwiches and crackers.

  3. I bought the circle cutters. When I used it for the apple it split the side. I was wondering if my slices are too thick or if the apple is too small. They are small apples from my parents orchard.

  4. What almond butter do you use ? What do you recomend ? I got MaraNatha Natural Raw Almond Butter and I was wondering if it’s good ??? Thanks :)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Roda. MaraNatha is a fine brand. I go for the raw organic version. :) Brad’s is another good brand. ~Amy

  5. I never made them into sandwiches (can’t believe I never thought to) but when I make apple “rings” I use an apple corer and then slice on my mandolin slicer, I did these for the kids at my daycare so slicing by hand would have taken to long

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  7. Instead of using lemon to keep your apples fresh, use pineapple juice. Pineapple juice contains the asorbic acid that prevents the apple from turning brown and yet isn’t sour-it even adds an natural touch of sweetness!

  8. Wow, these are simple to make and taste great.. who would of thunk it!
    Day one on my 10 day challenge.
    Great job on this one great idea and tasty treats!

  9. You can use cream cheese in an apple sandwich or you could use alternating slices of apple & cheese like cheddar, or pumpkin butter or apple butter. all of that as an alternative to peanut or nut butter sandwiches. Also in order to keep apples from turning brown…float them in pineapple juice. Kroger, a local grocery store, makes fresh apple salad in the store. I used to work there and that’s what we did. We’d float the apples in pineapple juice then pour the apples and pineapple juice through a strainer into another container to make room for more apples when the container was full. it’s much tastier than lemon :)

  10. From Cooks Illustrated… dissolve 1 tbsp. honey in one cup of water to prevent apples from browning. Works and tastes much better than lemon juice. :)

  11. If your making more than one or two, mix about a teaspoon of lemon juice to two cups of water and put that in a bowl with your apple slices. I do this when preparing apples for a fruit tray. I use a Tupperware bowl and lid and gently shake to get all of the fruit covered. If you’re not a fan of citrus or you want to avoid the “cleaner” taste (thought that was cute) I would recommend you get a product called Fruit Fresh. It uses asorbic acid instead of the citric acid that’s in the lemon.
    Also regarding the nut butter, mixing in some local honey is a nice flavor enhancer along with the added health benefits you get with honey. (just reminder, don’t give honey, especially raw honey, to the little ones three and under.)

  12. Has anyone used something other than a nut/seed butter? My kids do not like nut/seed butter. Thank you for any suggestions.

      1. My son has a possible nut allergy, so we only have sunbutter in the house (but I am the only one who likes it).

      2. Nutella, besides containing a lot of sugar, does contain hazelnuts so that wouldn’t be a great choice.

    1. Cheddar cheese is awesome with apple and drizzle a little honey to stick it together. The savory of the cheese and sweet of the apple and honey are a great combination.

  13. I’ve made these quite a few times now (LOVE them, thank you for the post!). I wanted to share one thing I’ve changed that has made them so much easier for my three year old to eat (and me too ;) ). I also put a smear of peanut butter on the top slice too. Even just a smidge makes the sandwich stick together and I don’t even have to use toothpicks. That’s it!

    1. Oh and like I commented on an above post, I do one other thing. I core the apple first (rather than use a cookie cutter after it’s sliced). This way I can use all the apple (generally get about six slices of about the same size thickness shown in the pics above from most apples) which gives me about three sandwiches per apple.

  14. My mom would put apples in salt water to prevent browning. I bet the salty apples would taste good with the sunflower butter!

    1. A good thing to do (to waste no apple) is to core the apple first. Then slice them medium thick. Most apples give me six slices. Since I core it first I can use the top and the bottom and I get three decent snack size sandwiches. If I happen to only get five slices, I eat the extra one ;)

  15. I am having a difficult time finding a suitable peanut butter. What kind of peanut butter do you use and where do you get it?

    1. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods make good peanut butter. If you don’t have one near you, regular grocery stores generally have a health food section. I find Woodstock’s brand to be particularly good. Just peanuts (and some salt in the crunchy pnut butter)!

    2. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Jessica. I get the unsalted organic peanut butter at Trader Joe’s. The only ingredients are raw peanuts. Jill

  16. LOVE your cute and healthy ideas! I would like to see you ditch the plastic containers and go with something more eco friendly…stainless steel! ;D You’re super awesome..love your blog!

  17. To keep apples from browning I use pineapple juice, it keeps them sweeter and still doesn’t let them brown!
    Love your blog, my son starts kindergarten next week and I want to keep our home nutritional values going while he’s at school. Hopefully if we do cool lunches he won’t trade for all the other junk out there!

  18. Another way to make a pretty circle in the middle is to use a melon baller. You can also use this to make apple balls out of a whole apple. :)

  19. I make these with my apple slicer-peeler-corer (ya’ know, the thing that you attach the apple, turn the crank and it creates a single spiral apple slice). It makes for a thinner apple slice, but way faster than not having the right coring tools. Great for days I feel like my son has had nothing but grains to eat!

  20. I love all your ideas! My mom use to send these to school with me over 20 years ago (cough)! :) But, hers were even easier to make. All she did was to core the apple and then layer peanut butter and raisins until the top of the apple which she topped with a little p-butter. Delicious!

  21. I use pineapple juice to keep my apples from turning brown. Gives them a sweet taste instead of the tart. Love the idea of the sandwiches. :)

  22. I made these last night for my husband and myself for a healthy dessert – used pecans and a few chocolate chips. So good! And much better for me than the chocolate cake I was wanting. :)

  23. I made these with a small apple that fit perfectly in a covered ramekin. I made one with peanut butter and one with cheddar and they were so delicious. I think my coworker was eyeing them from across the table! Thanks for the great idea!

  24. I think I saw Lisa sprinkle some of her granola on top of the peanut butter instead of raisins a while back in one of the photos. Another option anyway. Love the idea of chocolate chips too. :)

  25. Every time I make these they are delicious but slidy. Each bite makes the top and bottoms slide or PB to squish out. I end up eating around the edges to keep from dropping PB. Is there a trick (ie pat apple dry with a towel before PB) or just “it’s like that so get used to it”? Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Amanda. They are just a little messy. You could try putting less peanut butter which may help. Jill

    2. I was having the same problem until I realized that putting a bit of peanut butter on the top slice as well will help it stick to the raisins and thus prevent the sliding. It works very well!

  26. I taught an entire elementary school of kids how to make healthy snacks last spring and this was one of the snacks we made. Except I made it a bit more tempting by adding raisins AND a few chocolate chips. :) It was a huge hit. (found it on another site, but don’t remember where)

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Sandy

  27. I do this for my daughter for breakfast with a little granola and honey on it. She loves it. I will have to try it in her lunch too. I never thought of that. Thanks for the great website.

  28. I had to laugh (nicely) when I read this article. We made these as snacks when I was in Brownies, twenty years ago. My mom was our troop leader and because my older sister has multiple food allergies (they run in the family), we were organic before organic was cool.
    Sometimes that was HUGELY embarrassing as a kid, but stuff like went over well. The irony of it is that I’m now allergic to apples! =(

  29. Okay, how do you keep the peanut butter from squishing out when you take a bite? I tried one but it got kind of messy LOL.

    1. Sometimes some nut butters are thinner than others. Here are a couple thoughts…try using crunchy peanut butter…or maybe you could add some “oat flour” to it to make it more substantial? (I make my oat flour by putting oatmeal in my food processor and then I turn it on until a “flour” is created.)

      By the way…you have a great name! ;)

      I hope this helps you! :)

      -Shannon

    2. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Shannon. You really don’t..it is kind of a messy sandwich. You could always put less in which might help some. Jill

  30. OMG! I love this! I read your blog regularly and have never stopped to tell you how much I appreciate your ideas! Your Best Chicken in a Slow Cooker and Slow Cooker Refried beans are now made in regularly at my house. I purchased my Ziploc lunchbox inserts and am so excited about filling my boys’ lunchboxes with more healthy options this school year. I am often happy and proud of how my kids eat but there is still A LOT of room for improvement! This site has helped me a great deal! Gotta get me a small cookie cutter now! Thanks!!!

  31. I use an apple corer(I think that’s how its spelled). It is in the kitchen supplies at walmart, etc. You poke in the middle and it takes the core out. I slice the apple up into slices and go from there. lol

    Jan

  32. I love this idea! My kids go back to school Monday and this week, on my blog, I’m featuring a back-to-school snack each day. All are healthy and made with “real” ingredients. Today was Almond Honey Oat Bars and tomorrow it’s Fudgy Black Bean Brownies. Check it out!;)

  33. OK, That is a brilliant idea for lunch. I know you are doing this for a children’s lunch box, but this is such a versatile idea for other uses. I am so going to make this meal, ahem,….but I am an adult. :-)

    Thank you! Your ideas and website are awesome.

  34. The moms in our coop thought I was a genius when I packed this for my daughters snack! I know she lives it and it helps her concentrate as opposed to the junk food I see at the stores.

  35. I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I’ve decided to try the ten day challenge. I’ve just been so confused lately. Whole grains are good for you…whole grains are the devil. High protein is good for you…high protein will give you a heart attack. I’ve decided to try a combination of both which is pretty much what I see here. Eliminate processed food and eliminate food issues. I like the taste of real food and whole grains so I don’t think this will be very difficult. This apple sandwich will be in my lunch this week! Thanks!

  36. loved this idea and it is a staple. She also likes it with cream cheese and raisins. Pampered chef or kitchen supply stores have an apple corer that I use to get the entire core out, then i use my mandeline to slice. Mine loves them double decker (three slices with two fillings.

  37. I was wondering how you got those centers so perfectly cored! Cookie cutters – genius! I totally want to try an apple sandwich, I usually just slice mine up and then dip them in a scoop of peanut butter but the sandwich is for sure a fun way to change it up :)

  38. My daughter loves when we make this for lunch. I don’t round cookie cutter small enough, and yes, it’s not nearly as pretty. Might have to purchase one!

  39. This is really great. I checked out the sponsors website too, and what a way to get organized! I may not be signing up, but I still think it’s a clever idea for busy moms.