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So fun to make, ants on a log is the perfect snack for kids! All you need are celery, peanut butter, and raisins, but don’t be afraid to create your own tasty version.

5 celery sticks with various fillings and toppings.
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What is ants on a log?

My 5-year-old son didn’t want to even touch a celery stalk until I introduced him to this delicious snack recently. So of course I had to share!

If you haven’t heard of ants on a log before, it’s a fun snack that was invented in the 1950s and is made of a crunchy celery stalk (the log) stuffed with peanut butter and topped with raisins (the ants).

It’s such a genius combination! You get crunchy, creamy, and chewy textures as well as sweet and savory flavors in one bite.

Not only is it delicious and healthy, it’s a great way to encourage your child to get in the kitchen and use their creativity. There are endless ways to customize, and you and your child can even have fun renaming it, too!

Ingredients

All the ingredients laid out on a wooden board.

Basic Ingredients

To make the classic version, you will need celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

But if you want to incorporate more variety, then here are some fun ways to transform this classic snack.

Alternatives to Celery stalks:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Apples, Sliced
  • Banana, halved
  • Bell pepper, sliced
  • Romaine lettuce (will need to call it ants on a leaf hehe)

Peanut Butter Alternatives:

Alternatives to raisins:

  • Fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, etc.)
  • Dried fruits (dates, currants, apricot, etc.)
  • Freeze-dried fruit
  • Edamame
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red bell pepper
  • Seeds (hemp seeds, flax seeds, etc.)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Shredded coconut
  • Sprinkles
  • Granola
  • Animal crackers
  • Pretzel pieces

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut the celery stalks into 4-5 inch pieces.
  2. Spread filling of choice.
  3. Top with desired “ants” or toppings.

Variations

3 celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.

As you can see, there are endless ways you can customize and reinvent the ants on a log recipe.

We usually enjoy this as an afternoon snack. And because it’s so tough to get my son to eat celery, we always like to use it as our log. I like to place several filling and “ant” options on a large wooden board, sit back, and just watch what he comes up with.

All 5 of the examples you see here are HIS creations!

  • Celery + creamy peanut butter + raisins
  • Celery + hummus + red bell pepper (he calls these fire ants)
  • Celery + yogurt + blueberries
  • Celery + yogurt + edamame
  • Celery + mashed avocado + hemp seeds

Serving Suggestions

bite-sized ants on a log with fresh blueberries in a snack box.
  • While both smooth and chunky peanut butters will work, the smooth version is easier to spread.
  • Cut these upgraded celery sticks into bite-sized pieces to make them easier for younger children to eat (4-6 year olds). Your child might do fine with them whole, but I noticed that my 5 year old enjoyed these so much more when they were cut up.
  • For 2-4 year olds, I recommend serving deconstructed. Slice the celery into thin matchsticks or half-moon slivers and add filling and toppings on the side.
  • These logs are also a great school snack. What I recommend is fully filling up the container so there’s no room for the celery sticks to move around. I also like to cut into bite-sized pieces so my son can just pop them into his mouth one at a time without making a mess. For older children, you can pack all the components separately so they can assemble for themselves (or enjoy separately).

May be interested in: Healthy School Snacks

More Easy Snacks

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4.84 from 6 votes

Ants on a Log

So fun to make, ants on a log is the perfect snack for kids! All you need are celery, peanut butter, and raisins, but don't be afraid to create your own tasty version.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 logs
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Ingredients 

  • 3 celery stalks (or other logs)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (or other filling)
  • 1/4 cup Raisins (or other ants)

Instructions 

  • Wash and dry the celery stalks. Cut into 5-8 inch long pieces.
  • Spread each celery with peanut butter. Press the raisins into the filling. Repeat for the other celery sticks. Note you may not need all the amount recommended.

Notes

4 other variations to try:
  • Celery + hummus + red bell pepper (he calls these fire ants)
  • Celery + yogurt + blueberries
  • Celery + yogurt + edamame
  • Celery + mashed avocado + hemp seeds

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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8 Comments

  1. I love the idea of making them bite size! I’ve tried this a few times when my daughter was 3.5 but I think the whole stalk made it hard for her. Will try again soon! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    We JUST ate this today and my picky 4 year old loved it! He loves crunching! We have a peanut (and pecan, walnut) allergy, so we used almond butter. Love this classic! He’s picky, but I will continue to expose him to this one (hopefully he likes it tomorrow! 🤪) and use it as a gateway to the variations! Would love him to eat those too!

    1. Ooh yay!! Yes to trying all the fun variations :). You should totally encourage him to pick the fillings and “ants” 🙂