Apple Wheels and Homemade Bagel Sandwich Recipe with Lil Snappers

Getting my children to eat fruit has never really been a problem.  Nature’s candy is what my husband calls it.  The problem I do stumble upon is getting them to eat fruit that is LARGE!  What is it about the size of the food that makes the difference for kids anyway?  I guess one thing I’ve learned along the way is cut it and they will eat it!  This holds true in just about every instance except maybe broccoli.

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So, when I heard about the Lil Snappers variety of fruits available in stores near us, I truly was pumped to try them out.  Why?  Well, because I am constantly on the look out for new fruit items that my kids will eat that do not require tons of time slicing and dicing.  I go with berries or grapes, but it is nice to have an apple to throw into the mix.  We were sent several varieties of the Lil Snappers fruits to try out (Pink Lady, Mandarin, Minneola and Cara Cara).  Hands down, the mandarins were the favorite.  I appreciate the small size and how easy they are for Graham (almost 6) to open.  Davis loves the apples and grabs them whole!

Lil Snappers also has tons of fun ideas for fun kid recipes on their website.  I am so glad to have more options for Graham’s school lunch box and after school snack ideas.  We are starting to fall into a bit of a rut.  Here is one of my favorite recipes that features an apple.  I made it my own due to our own likes and dislikes.  I also made our own bagels (super easy).  Here’s the recipe:

Apple Wheels and Homemade Bagel Sandwich Recipe

Apple Wheels and Homemade Bagel Sandwich Recipe


    For the Sandwich:
  • One small bagel of choice *recipe included below
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese cut round (we use a mason jar lid)
  • 1 tablespoon light cream cheese
  • 1 Lil Snapper Pink Lady Apple cored and sliced whole
  • For the Bagels:
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast


    For the Sandwich:
  1. Use the edge of a cookie cutter or knife to make notches in your core/sliced apple. Make sure to go past the peel in order to make the wheel effect.
  2. Spread cream cheese on both sides of your bagel.
  3. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom bagel and stack 2 apple slices on top.
  4. Top with the second piece of cheese and the top of the bagel.
  5. For the Bagels:
  6. Place all of the ingredients and 2 tablespoons of sugar in the order listed above into a bread machine.
  7. Put on the dough cycle.
  8. Once the cycle is complete take the dough out and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
  9. Roll out your dough and cut it into 9 equal pieces.
  10. Form the dough into balls, flatten and poke a hole in the center.
  11. Twirl the dough around your finger in order to enlarge the hole.
  12. Cover and let the bagels rest for about 10 minutes.
  13. While your dough is resting, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add 3 tablespoons of sugar to it.
  14. Sprinkle a lightly greased baking sheet with cornmeal.
  15. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  16. Carefully place bagels in the boiling water for 1 minute turning halfway through.
  17. Shake off excess water (or place on a towel to drain) then transfer to baking sheet.
  18. Top with your favorite toppings (we used salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and onion powder).
  19. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden (we like our bagels less crispy)

Lil Snappers are currently available in Louisiana (New Orleans), Florida (Jacksonville) and North Carolina at the following locations:

  • Rouse’s
  • Publix
  • Ingles Super Markets
  • Harris Teeter Super Markets
  • Winn Dixie Stores
  • C&S Wholesale Groceries

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Lil Snappers. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. Betty Baez says:

    thats looks soo tasty!!!!

  2. What a cute snack! I really like the idea of child-sized fruit. I will have to check my local Publix next time I shop. Thanks for your review!

  3. For some reason I hadn’t gotten your updates in awhile. I just got 10 sent to me.

  4. Your bagels look so good. I really need to dig out my bread machine. Love the kid-size fruit. I’ll have to see if we have them here Zoe wastes a lot of fruit from being to large.

  5. I like that they’re easy to open. My 5-yr. old loves fruit, but if he can’t open it he gets frustrated and moves along fairly quickly.


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