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Your kids will think you’re the best when you pull out all of the ingredients to make these adorable Halloween Apple Monster Mouths!
They’ll have a blast making them (just like my kids did), and you’ll feel better about them eating their Halloween treats (because they’re healthy)!
You’ll be glad to know that these little goofy apple monster mouths aren’t only cute, but relatively easy to make!
As long as your child can spread butter, they should be able to make these.
You can also customize this apple monster snack if your kids have allergies.
Almond, cashew, or sunbutter work (and taste) amazing as a replacement for peanut butter.
And you can use pretty much any small nut or seed for the teeth. Get creative and see how it turns out!
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Apple Monsters
Another awesome thing about these Halloween Monster Apples is that they use ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Apples: What house doesn’t have apples in the fridge or on the counter in the Fall, during Apple Season! This is the base of the cute little snack and would be the most difficult to substitute.
If someone you’re making this for, or yourself, aren’t able to have apples, you could also use:
- Pears, possibly
- Or any other fruit or vegetable that you can make into the same shape as apple slices (and would taste good with the other ingredients)
Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter is what makes the two lips of the apple monster mouths stay together, and where all of the teeth (and eyes) stick into.
But, peanut butter is one of the most common food allergies, so there needs to be alternatives!
If you don’t do peanut butter, replace with:
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Sunflower butter
- Tahini (if it’s thick – keeping in the fridge may get it thick enough)
Pepitas: We (as in my kids and self) use pepitas to make fangs for the apple monsters. This is completely optional, and can be replaced by other ‘teeth’ (sunflower kernels) or other nuts or seeds, or even dried fruit like raisins.
Sunflower Kernels: These are the ‘teeth’ and can absolutely be replaced by other nuts, seeds, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.
Almonds: These are the ‘eyes’ for the apple monsters and are 100% optional and can easily be subbed out for edible eyes, blueberries, or anything else that are ‘eye’ like.
The most important thing about these ingredients is to have fun, be creative, and use what you have!
How to Make these Halloween Apple Monsters
*Note that these instructions can be printed below.
Step one: Slice the apples into about 12 equal(ish) slices.
Step two: Spread peanut butter onto 1 side of every apple slice.
Step three: Put 2 apple slices together, peanut butter sides touching.
Step four: Add the fangs (pepitas), and then the rest of the teeth.
Step five: Dip the tip of the whole almonds into the peanut butter and stick them on the top of the apple monster, repeat for the other ‘eye’.
Step six: Repeat steps 3-5 until you run out of apple slices.
Step seven: Enjoy your cute little apple monsters with your kids!
- Keep the apples from browning as quickly by giving the apple slices a ‘bath’ in lemon water. Use the ratio of 1 cup water to 1 tablespoon lemon juice, it may take double that amount, depending on the size of your bowl. Give the apples a ‘bath’ for 3-5 minutes, then blot mostly dry with a clean cloth.
- Customize the ingredients as needed.
- Have an adult cut the apple slices, or supervise older children the apples, so no one gets hurt.
- Supervise younger kids spreading the peanut butter (or substitution) on the apples and placing the nuts/seeds/alternative ingredients.
- Have fun & be creative!
How to Serve
Serve ASAP, as apples brown quicker than other fruit once cut. There is a process for keeping the apples to stay good for longer, but again, it’s a process (and can be found above).
I’d only recommend using that process if you know you won’t be eating these right away, as this is meant to be a quick and fun activity for kids for Halloween (that doesn’t take much effort on our part!).
Serve this with other fun Halloween snack crafts, and don’t forget the pumpkin donuts and apple cider to even things out!
How to Store
Room Temperature: Do not store at room temperature for longer than an hour, as they will brown.
Fridge: You can store these in the fridge for a few hours if you use the process for reducing the browning process for apples. (Soak the apples in a lemon water bath for 3 to 5 minutes and then blot them gently to remove most of the water.)
Freezer: These do not freeze well.
More Adorable Halloween Snack Ideas:
- Fun & Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids
- Halloween Banana Ghost Treats
- Pumpkin Donuts
- Vegan Halloween Cookies
- Vegan Halloween Treats for Kids
- Clementine Pumpkins for Halloween
Apple Monster Mouths
- Butter knife
- 1 Apple
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoons sunflower kernels
- 12 pepitas
- 12 whole almonds
- Cut the apple into 12 slices.
- Spread peanut butter onto 1 side of every apple slice.
- Put 2 apple slices together, peanut butter sides touching.
- Add the fangs (pepitas), and then the rest of the teeth.
- Dip the tip of the whole almonds into the peanut butter and stick them on the top of the apple monster, repeat for the other ‘eye’.
- Repeat steps 3-5 until you run out of apple slices.
- Enjoy your cute little apple monsters with your kids!
These are meant to be enjoyed ASAP and may not save well.