No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels

~ The perfect quick snack to keep you fueled up and full of energy! Crunchy nut-free butter, smooth reduced-fat cream cheese, and crisp sweet-tart apples … like little no-bake apple pie cheesecakes, all rolled into cute, delicious pinwheels! You’ll be powered up and ready for the adventures ahead! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Make Ahead    Vegetarian    Allergy-Friendly Nut-Free Options  

No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

*We partnered with Flatout for this sponsored post, and we’ve been compensated for our time in working with their products, however all opinions are entirely our own.

The thing about being super busy is that, by the time we get back home in the afternoon, we’re … well .. super hungry.

Not just a little bit of tummy rumbling … I’m talking supremely hungry.

I need a snack, stat! And the kids … they need something faster than stat. (What is that anyway?? What’s faster than stat?! Well, whatever it is … that’s how fast they need a nourishing ‘lil pick-me-up.)

Yeah, it’s easy to grab a bag of something and munch away. But how satisfied do you really feel after absentmindedly reaching into a bag 1,000 times? It’s not satisfying at all. Not one bit. Nope. In fact, it’s probably more of an oh-I-shouldn’t-have-eaten-all-that feeling.

No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

In our recipe directions, we suggest cutting the apples into long, thin matchstick-like strips, as you see on the right, mostly because they just roll up more nicely that way. But, if you need to throw these pinwheels together even faster, you can save a little chopping and simply use thin slices like we did at left.

What we really need is a snack made with power-packed whole grains, keep-ya-full protein, and maybe even some antioxidant-rich fruit. Hmmm …

A snack that’s fun to eat … and easy to whip up … something the kids could even make themselves!

And since life is so crazy, we need something we can take with us on to the next adventure (or cabinet maker, or flooring store, if you’re renovating your kitchen!). Something that’s portable and easy to eat, so we can be at gymnastics or lacrosse on time after running through the door to grab a leotard and cleats.

We’ve joined forces with Flatout Bread to create a deliciously satisfying answer to our snacking dilemma! A healthy, yummy, really easy snack … perfect for those hectic days when you need to power up between lunch and dinner, or before a sports practice, or even as a mid-morning munchie!

No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

A quick spread of some nut-free butter and cream cheese, a handful of apples and a little sprinkle of cinnamon … then just roll it all up! And there’s definitely plenty of room for you and your kiddos to improvise … because, hey … Flatout is your canvas, so get creative! No cream cheese in the fridge? Double the nut-free butter! No nut allergy issues? Go for peanut butter if you’d like! And your kiddos can try out other fruits, too, like fall pears or even bananas. This recipe is so adaptable, and your kids will have a blast concocting their own combinations!

Flatout seriously makes snack-making simple. (Ahem … and meal-making, too … just sayin’!) We loooooove how versatile the Flatouts are, with sizes and shapes for every.single.occasion!

Shelley and I get ridiculously excited about creating delicious little masterpieces on these edible canvases! #FlatoutIsMyCanvas is no joke! (And you know how we adore art we get to eat! Remember our Fruit Pizzas and Veggie Faces?! Seriously cute, seriously fun!)

For today’s recipe, I chose the Multi-Grain Flatout with Flax. Those teeny tiny flaxseeds pack a huge, nutritious punch! And the fact that they’re baked right into the wraps was a total bonus – that’s one less ingredient to add! But honestly, one of the terrific things about Flatout is how many of their products feature whole grains, lots of fiber and protein … so many nutritious benefits … that you can feel great about grabbing whatever Flatout looks good to you at the store (go crazy, friends … branch out!).

The first time I whipped up this quick and amazingly simple recipe, I had a house full of contractors. My kitchen reno was in full swing. Those guys were working so hard, and I wanted to make a little snack for them.

No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}Since it’s fall (and I’m craving pumpkin and apple in everything!), I chopped up some apples I had on hand, schmeared some crunchy, nut-free butter and cream cheese on a Multi-Grain Flatout, and added a sprinkling of cinnamon over the apples before rolling it all up and slicing it into bite-size rounds.

Friends, I couldn’t make these fast enough.

Every time I set out more, they vanished! Between mouthfuls, the contractors murmured things like, “My kids would love these!” and “It’s so good!” and “The cream cheese is awesome in there!” and “Mmmm … apples and cinnamon … like apple pie!” (Apple Pie, huh?!?!? Yup … we had our recipe name!) No, wait … it’s Apple Pie Cheesecake! Yes!! I’m not sure what happened when I mixed the cream cheese and nut-free butter together … but it was magical.

And because these Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels were such a snap to make, I just kept making more … and more …

No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}Of course we also shared them with our favorite taste testers (our families!). And on the day we photographed, we also shared some with Shelley’s neighbors – and they loved them, too! One friend even reported back that she liked them so much, she’d made more for breakfast the next morning! (She must’ve had Flatouts on hand … she knows an awesome thing when she sees it!)

Wow – with all that crazy-positive feedback (and all those pinwheels disappearing lightning fast!), we knew we definitely had a winner here! So yummy, so quick and easy … the perfect pick-me-up energy boost when your belly is rumbling!

And just a little note – we chose to use nut-free butter in this recipe. My youngest is allowed to take a morning snack to school, but all the classrooms are nut-free zones. Plus, we’ve noticed that, although the cafeterias in our district don’t ban nuts completely, all sports practices, snacks and classroom parties must be nut-free. So we opted for a nut-free soy butter in this recipe, but we also found that sunflower butter tastes great, too! And of course, if you’re not worried about nut allergies, you can go with good ol’ peanut butter. You’ve got options!

No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}Remember … it’s your canvas! Make it a masterpiece!!

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No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels

Preparation 7 min. 2017-04-24T00:07:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-04-24T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 6 pinwheel rounds     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Multi-Grain with Flax Flatout
  • 1 tablespoon crunchy nut-free peanut butter alternative (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 apple, chopped into strips (we love sweet-tart apples in this recipe, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Jazz)
  • dash of cinnamon (about 1/16 teaspoon)

Instructions

  1. On one half of the Flatout flatbread, evenly spread nut-free butter.
  2. Spread reduced-fat cream cheese evenly on the other half of the flatbread.
  3. Place half of the chopped apples down the center of the nut-free butter, and the other half down the center of the reduced-fat cream cheese.
  4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
  5. Beginning with the side with the nut-free butter, roll towards the reduced-fat cream cheese side.
  6. With a sharp knife, carefully cut into 6 "pinwheel" rounds.

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Recipe Notes

Nut-Free Butter: We chose WowButter (a soy-based, nut-free product), but you could also substitute a nut-free sun butter (made from sunflower seeds). Alternately, if nut allergies aren't a concern, you can use regular peanut butter.

Make-Ahead Tip: These Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels are a snap to make, and are a great snack for a classroom or team. You can make these up to 24 hours in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to choose an apple that won't brown as quickly; Honeycrisp, Pink Lady and Granny Smith are a few great options.

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No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels — 57 Comments

    • Oh Cynthia! Flatout Bread is awesome!! It’s packed with wholesome goodness with loads of complex carbs and protein!! You can make wraps, pizzas – and yes, pinwheels! – and so much more!

      These pinwheels were disappearing when I made a couple batches as my kitchen was being worked on! It was crazy how quickly they were gone! But then again, apple pie cheesecake = delicious!!

      Please enter our giveaway! You could win a box of Flatout Breads – what better way to sample them?!

      Have an awesome day!! ~Gretchen

    • Totally, Matthew!! These would be the ideal picnic food – easy to make and not messy to eat! (Nothing worse than jelly or mustard dripping down your shirt when you’re on a picnic and away from laundry!) Plus, these little gems will give you the power you need to get through your afternoon – whether that be a lovely long hike or a trip to the playground!! 😀 ~G&S

    • Mmmm … it’s so yummy! Apple Pie Cheesecake should be eaten everyday! Lol!!

      And it’s awesome that I can make these in a flash! When we are rushing in 10 different directions, I love that this snack provides fuel for all those adventures! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Ahhh … so it’s you hubby who is the picky eater?! Lol!! There’s one in every house!! 🙂

      Apples and peanut butter just always go together – and the cream cheese just adds so much! It really somehow magically becomes like an apple pie cheesecake! So yummy! Even for picky eaters!! 😀 ~Gretchen

    • Yes, Justine! That’s brilliant!! Especially if you make these pinwheels with nut-free butter, you’ll not have to worry about peanut or tree nut allergies!
      My daughter’s classroom has a student that is VERY allergic to nuts, but my daughter loves peanut butter. This is an excellent way for her to have a snack she craves, but keeps everyone safe! And besides that … pinwheels are just fun to eat! 😀 ~Gretchen

    • Absolutely, Katerina! I can tell you from experience these make a great lunch, too! Totally awesome for those busy days … no time to eat … these gives you the protein, carbs and fruit in one! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Thanks so much, Kristen! With apples so plentiful right now (and SO delicious, too!) we just HAD to use them! They pair perfectly with the nut-free butter (or peanut butter!) and cream cheese! So yummy! Hope you enjoy them!! ~G&S

    • That’s what is SO great about these – they’re totally versatile! Not a fan of apples – go for banana or pears! No cream cheese on hand – no worries, use all nut-free butter! Everyone wins!! 😀 Have an awesome day, Janette! ~G&S

    • And what a fun idea for when your sweet granddaughters come to visit you!! They’d have a blast helping their grandma make a snack! (And it’s a snack you can feel good about feeding them!) Fun in the kitchen is always such a wonderful way to make lasting memories!! Have a great time with those girls!! 🙂 ~G&S

    • Aww! You’re welcome! Our kids always need a little something right after school, and these fun pinwheels are the perfect way to get some wholesome goodness into their growing bodies, but they feel like it’s a fun treat! Win-Win for everyone!! ~G&S

    • Oh girl – these are totally the snack for you!!! What is about the afternoons that makes everyone starve?! I hear ya!! I always need a little something, too!!
      These cute little pinwheels pack a serious nutritious punch – you’ll be feeling more like you in no time – no more hangry Ashley! Lol!! ~Gretchen

    • Yes, Sara … so many schools are taking the nut-free route! It’s so important to keep everyone safe! The nut-free butter is the perfect balance … no worries about allergies and those kiddos that love regular peanut butter can still enjoy the flavors they crave! (And moms rejoice because it’s so healthy!! Yay!!) ~Gretchen

    • Hi Kristyn! I just love snacks that bridge that gap of ‘nutritious’ and ‘kid-approved’ – sometimes what’s good for them isn’t fun or what they want isn’t healthy! These pinwheels are super fun (and the kids can help!) and packed with wholesome ingredients. Love that!! (And might I add … adults love ’em too! LOL!!) Have an awesome day! ~Gretchen

    • I know – they are so great!!! Ohhhh … let’s have a party where we just eat pinwheels! There’s seriously so much you can do with these Flatouts!! What do you think?? Sounds fun (and very yummy!!) to me!! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Isn’t it awesome when the kids can help?? They are so much more willing to eat if they’d had a chance the participate in making the food! These pinwheels are fun snack – and they can be totally creative, too! Craft + snack = delicious art!! 😀 ~Gretchen

    • Hi Sharon! The nutrients packed in these pinwheels are will absolutely help get your sweet little one through the day! And finger foods are so fun (and easy!) for those smaller hands! But – make an extra one for yourself! These No-Bake Apple Pie Cheesecake Pinwheels are the best mid-morning pick-me-up! 😀 ~Gretchen

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