~ 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 •
*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.
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!
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.
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 …
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.
And of course, if you’re not worried about nut allergies, you can go with good ol’ peanut butter. You’ve got options!
Remember … it’s your canvas! Make it a masterpiece!!
- 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)
- On one half of the Flatout flatbread, evenly spread nut-free butter.
- Spread reduced-fat cream cheese evenly on the other half of the flatbread.
- 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.
- Sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
- Beginning with the side with the nut-free butter, roll towards the reduced-fat cream cheese side.
- With a sharp knife, carefully cut into 6 "pinwheel" rounds.
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.