Bagel Crunch

Kids Recipe Challenge Winning Recipe: Honourable mention  

Category: After school snacks, grades 4-6

Simran, from Mississauga, loves this recipe because of its unexpected crunch and surprising sweetness.

Here’s a combination of textures and flavours for a snack idea. Kids love bagels and cream cheese and this version has the crunch of walnuts and apple kissed with a sweet touch of maple syrup. Fun, delicious and nutritious!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 servings 


  1. For added calcium and protein, you can substitute ricotta or cottage cheese for cream cheese. 

  2. Try using an English muffin for the bagel. 

  3. Instead of walnut pieces, try using pecans, pumpkin or sunflower seeds 


Apple 1
Whole grain bagel  


Light cream cheese 

2 Tbsp (30 mL)

Walnut pieces 

2 Tbsp (30 mL)

Canadian maple syrup

2 Tbsp (30 mL) 


  1. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Clean all countertops and equipment used for food preparation.        

  2. Gently rinse apple under cool running water. First quarter then slice the apples.   

  3. Slice bagel in half crosswise and toast, if desired. 

  4. Spread cream cheese on the inside of each half of the bagel. 

  5. Top with walnut pieces and press lightly into cream cheese. 

  6. Top each bagel with apple slice then drizzle with maple syrup and serve 

Nutrition Information per serving (1/2 bagel): 

Calories: 280 kcal

Protein: 8 g

Fat: 8 g

Carbohydrate: 48 g

Fibre: 6 g

Sodium: 286 mg


Last Update – April 4, 2024

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