Ants on a Log
A Fun and Healthy Snack for Kids
Ants on a Log is a quick filling snack that can be fun to make with kids and is good for them. The creation of ants on a log is fun for everyone. Get creative with these fun twists to this classic snack. Make it into a contest of who can fit the most ants on a log. Or try to invent a new recipe like Ants on a Snowy Log by swapping the PB for cream cheese. For more unique combination of celery, dried fruit and a filler read on.
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3 Wholesome Ingredients
#2 Peanut Butter - A.K.A. the Insides of the Log
Peanut Butter gives some protein as well as the glue for the ants to this filling snack. Anything semi sticky will do, so try cream cheese or hummus for a twist.
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#1: Celery - A.K.A. the Log
Every good snack needs some crunch and celery does just that. Wash the celery well and have an adult cut the stalks into logs. Cut to any length you desire. Anything goes.
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#3: Raisins - A.K.A. the Ants
The raisins are the most important element to ants on a log, they add a sweet pop and ensure the combination of peanut butter and celery is over the top scrumptious. Try different ants by pairing with other dried fruits or nuts.
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- Prep time: 5 min
- Ready in: 5 min
- Yields: as many as you like
- peanut butter
- Wash the celery clean and pat dry with a paper towel. Have an adult cut the celery into pieces. You can trim just the leaves and base for a long log, or cut each stalk into halves or thirds for shorter stumps.
- Fill each celery log with peanut butter using a butter knife or if kids are helping a spoon works just as well.
- Plop raisins on top pushing lightly into the peanut butter filled celery to ensure they stick.
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Try these tasty variations to Ants on a Log
Turn it into a game or contest and get creative
Pictured here is an example of "fire ants" on a log using goji berries.
Select a few of the following ideas and let your kids create their own fun names for their creations.
You could make "fire ants" with dried cranberries or cherries. Or go another route and try blueberries. You may also find almonds, pine nuts, shelled sunflower seeds or peanuts to be an enjoyable change. How about trying granola or other cereals. Or for a sweet tooth use chocolate chips or chunk up your own favorite dark chocolate.
Peanut butter doesn't have to be the only filling. You could also try plain or flavored cream cheeses. Blend honey and peanut butter together. Or go a little messier and drizzle honey on top. Nutella is very yummy or go savory with hummus. Any kind of nut butter works great as well.
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