Apple, Sunflower Seed, and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

I’m such a sandwich freak these days! The other night I had a hankering (haha… I love that word) for a goooood sandwich.

I had some Arnold Sandwich Thins along with lots of random goodies in the fridge and pantry so I headed to the Arnold Bread website to see what I could find. The one that stood out to me was the Apple, Walnut, and Cheddar Cheese sandwich. Now, with my annoying nut allergy I decided to substitute the walnuts for sunflower seeds. I just improvised the recipe a tad since I didn’t have sprouts on hand. Side-note: sunflower seeds are the perfect snack to munch on while watching tv… or tonight’s Celtics/Orlando game πŸ˜›

Here’s what you need:


β€’ Bread of choice. I used an Arnold sandwich thin
β€’ Walnuts (or in my case sunflower seeds)
β€’ Sharp cheddar cheese
β€’ Cream cheese
β€’ Apple
β€’ I also used a slice of turkey… cause why not?!

Here’s what you do:

Well, simply layer each component. I did cream cheese on one slice, added sunflower seeds, a piece of turkey, apple slices (LOVE apples in sandwiches, yowza!), then add your sharp cheddar cheese.






β€’ Once the cheese is piled high, place the loaded piece of the sandwich thin under the broiler for a minute or two, until the cheese has melted nicely! mmm, melted cheese, marry me. If you’d like you can toss the empty slice of the sandwich thin in the toaster to lightly toast it. The first time I made this I put both slices in the broiler. Needless to say the empty slice almost resulted in an apartment fire… things got a lil’ smoky πŸ˜‰





I’ve been eating this particular sandwich sooo much lately for both lunch and dinner. I was surprised by how satisfying it was… especially for dinner. It’s loaded with lots of goodies and holds me over quite nicely which is good if you’re on the run a lot or want a quick little somethin’ somethin’ to give you a boost of energy!

Also, I’m such a big fan of the cream cheese on sandwiches lately! I highly recommend it.

Does anyone know if food allergies will ever go away? I know my nut allergy has definitely gotten better over the years… I used to be allergic to peanuts (which are legumes!) when I was younger but now I’m not, thankfully! So I’m hoping to outgrow my tree-nut allergy too. Is it wishful thinking?! I want to be able to eat everything πŸ™

Oh… GO CELTICS!!! 2-0! πŸ™‚


24 Responses to "Apple, Sunflower Seed, and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich"

  1. Andrea says:

    About the nut allergy — from personal experience, I think that it might be possible to outgrow it. I grew up thinking that I was allergic (at least somewhat) to walnuts and pecans because I would get a mild reaction when I ate them (accordingly, I always disliked them). About five years ago, I somehow discovered how delicious pecans really are and so I started eating them. I hadn’t had them for a while and they didn’t bug me as much this time. I kept eating them until I had no reaction at all. Then I moved on to walnuts, and now I am fine with them also. My three year old daughter seems to be allergic to walnuts and pecans and is going to see an allergist soon so I am going to ask the doctor about my former allergies. Sorry this comment is so long. The sandwich looks delicious, by the way!

  2. Kelly says:

    oh this looks so good. I blogged about a cheddar and apple grilled cheese sandwich a little while ago. delicious! And I miss sandwich thins. They don’t have them over here in England.

  3. Erica says:

    I would never have thought to try this combo on my own! Sounds pretty tasty. I don’t have any cream cheese, wonder if LC cheese would work in its place??

  4. Victoria says:

    What I know about food allergies is that you may outgrow them as a child, but usually if they’re still present in adolescence and adulthood, they’re here to stay. πŸ™ However, I think sunflower seeds sound especially amazing on that sandwich!

  5. Lauren says:

    Gotta love sandwiches – I’ve been on a panini kick lately :).

    This sammie looks delicious! I bet the crunch from the sunflower seeds added the perfect touch.

  6. Sharlene says:

    I love that you used both “hankering” and “yowza” in this post! Cream cheese AND an apple on a sandwich? I’m in love.

    What happens when you eat nuts? Are we talking throat-closing rush-to-the-hospital anaphylaxis? Or some itching? Bc if it’s the latter you could probably get over it eventually if you slowly add nuts into your diet tiny bits at a time. Allergies can definitely change based on how much you expose your body to them. For instance, many people become lactose intolerant as adults party because they drink/eat less dairy as they age! Good luck πŸ™‚

  7. Julie Q says:

    Bad mistake reading this blog before lunch time. My boring Turkey Pita Wrap is going to taste like cardboard thinking about this broiled fabulosity

  8. I guess I’m buying some more cheese & apples tomorrow. This is a great veggie sandwich minus turkey. I need more variety in my lunches. Thanks for sharing. Melted cheese is the bomb.

  9. Shannon says:

    what a fabulous idea to throw sunflower seeds on a sandwich! my guess is you could sensitize yourself over time, but don’t know if it always works…

  10. Elina says:

    Ooh, I would never think of adding sunflower seeds to a sandwich. I guess you’re used to that with an allergy. The sandwich sounds amazing!!

  11. Alison says:

    What a creative sandwich (filled with stuff that I actually have laying around my house!).


  12. Kelly P says:

    Yum!!! Reminds me a little bit of the Turkey Apple at Rebecca’s Cafe. (Not a huge Rebecca’s fan, but a huge fan of that sandwich!) Will be trying this one tonight as I happen to have everything in my fridge, but had no idea what to eat for dinner…until now…

  13. Chels says:

    Kelly, when I worked downtown i ALWAYS got the turkey apple from Rebecca’s! BIG fan of that pair πŸ™‚

  14. Chels says:

    I’m totallyyyy used to substituting crunchy things in place of other nuts because of my allergy. Sadness! πŸ™

  15. Chels says:

    Hi Sharlene! Thanks for your expertise! It’s normally an itchy sensation (haha). It’s definitely gotten better over the years. My throat used to close up when I was younger but now it’s just a slightly uncomfortable tingle that I can feel almost instantly when I eat any sort of tree nut. Maybe I’ll start eating one tree nut a week and see what happens… could make for some interesting research πŸ˜‰

  16. Chels says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely lengthy comment, Andrea! πŸ™‚ I’m hoping it’s something I can outgrow. I used to be allergic to peanuts when I was younger and now I’m totally fine! Hoping the same thing will happen one day with tree nuts! If your daughter’s allergist has any interesting information feel free to share it with me! πŸ™‚

  17. Yum! I had a grilled cheese sammie while dining out the other day that was brie, green apples, pecans and honey. It was divine!! This looks like a great make-at-home version :).

  18. Jessica says:

    Yum! Looks delicious!

  19. Brittany says:

    This looks so delicious! I hope that your allergy will go away. I am allergic to all citrus including pineapple and it seems to have gotten much worse. I can’t make any recipes wiht limes, lemons, or OJ. So sad!

  20. Phil says:

    From personal experience, food allergies can come and go, and age doesn’t seem to matter. Many years ago I had what came down to a violent reaction to jalapeno peppers, I loved them and couldn’t believe I would have to stop.
    A few months after that incident, I went with some friends to a restaurant and told them I wanted to try again, and also what might happen. This time I passed out and one of my friends found me on the floor of the washroom, a trip to the ER and a suitable shot fixed up that incident.
    Still I didn’t give up. Over the next few months I tried more-or-less bite by bite, then about 8 months after the first incident I again went to a restaurant (different each time), and this time had NO reaction at all, and have had none since. So for a period of about 8 months during my 30’s I had violent reactions to jalapeno peppers, none before and none after. What this suggests to me is that some alergic reactions can be the result of the food source (perhaps handling, treatment, or perhaps location, etc.) rather than the food itself. So in my case I can say that the allergy both came and went in my adulthood, and others I have spoken to also find that some allergies lessen as they get older or disappear entirely, and I think much of that is simply aclimatization, the body gets used to the product so reacts less, and conversely as we eliminate things from our personal environment we create the potential for allergic reactions in the future.

  21. KellyAnne says:

    YUM! I will be collecting the ingredients to make sure that this is in my lunchbox tomorrow πŸ™‚

  22. Jacquelyn says:

    I think this recipe will help me get over my “fear” of putting apples on sandwiches. It looks amazing! Thanks from our farmers for using Cabot cheddar.

  23. Chels says:

    Hi Jacquelyn! I hope this does help you get over your “fear” too. Apples in sandwiches are divine! Especially with Cabot cheese πŸ™‚

  24. Chels says:

    Hi Phil! Thank you so much for your detailed comment! VERY helpful! I think I’m just going to try bit by bit (or bite by bite!) and see what happens. I can tell usually right away if I have a reaction so I’ll know when to stop πŸ˜› I can’t believe you passed out from the jalepeno peppers… that’s so scary! Glad you’re okay! And it’s good to know the reactions came and went for you and that we can sometimes outgrow them! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

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