Ants on a log

Ants on a log is the perfect snack with its balance of salty and sweet flavors. So fun to make and of course eat, kids love it!

Why This Recipe Works

The classic ants on a log recipe of celery peanut butter and raisins is the perfect balance of salty and sweet with a whole lot of crunch!

It’s fun, let your imagination run wild while naming all the different variations of this snack you could make.

Balanced: Fiber, Fats, Protein and Carbs all in one

Ingredients you will need

celery stalks

peanut butter

raisins

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Log

Traditionally the ‘log’ for this snack is celery. But there are many other alternatives you can use if you don’t have celery on hand or if you simply don’t like it!

Apple Slices

Capsicum/Bell Pepper Slices

Carrot Sticks

Cucumber

Halved Bananas

Pear

Pretzel Rods

Filling

Peanut butter is usually used as the filling for this snack, but it does not have to be.

Almond Butter

Apple Butter

Avocado

Cashew Butter

Cottage Cheese

Cream Cheese

Grated Cheese mixed with mayonnaise

Guacamole

Hummus

Peanut Butter

Ricotta

Ants

There are so many things you could use as ants.

Blueberries

Capsicum/Bell Pepper cut into small pieces

Carrots cut into small pieces

Cereal/Granola

Cherry Tomatoes

Chickpeas

Chocolate Chips

Corn kernels

Dried Apricots

Dried Cranberries

Olives

Peas

Raspberries

Sunflower seeds plain

Variations with cute names

Ants on the beach: Your favourite log filled or spread with hummus (the beach) topped with your favourite ‘ants’.

Frogs on a log: If you use pieces of green grape, peas or green capsicum they will be your ‘green frogs’.

Gnomes on a log: A log of your choosing, with a filling of your choosing (I like to use cottage cheese or grated cheese mixed with mayo for this one) topped with bright red cherry tomatoes. The red cherry tomatoes are the gnome’s red hats.

Ants in the snow: A halved banana, spread cream cheese or ricotta, sprinkled with desiccated coconut and chocolate chips to be the ants.

Celery Butterfly: Fill a celery stick with peanut butter, then place mini pretzels in the peanut butter to look like butterflies

Celery Butterflies!

Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my ants on a log recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Trim your celery sticks and de-string, ie use a small sharp knife to lift the end of the celery strings then pull to remove.

Step two: Spread each celery stick with a tablespoon of peanut butter

Step three: Top the peanut butter with a few evenly spaced raisins (these are your ants)

Enjoy!

Top Tips

Here is how you can make these ants on a log perfectly every time!

If you want your celery sticks to sit without rolling over, remove a slice from the celery stick so that it has a flat bottom.

Let your kids’ come up with a fun name for the variation of ants on a log you end up making, this could be such a fun activity, corn kernels might become sunny ants, peas could be frogs, or maybe the ants could become colourful caterpillars if you used a mixture of things.

Make your logs sit nicely by cutting a slice out of them giving them a thin base.

Gnomes on a log

Ants on a log

Ants on a log is the perfect snack with its balance of salty and sweet flavors. So fun to make and of course eat, kids love it! Be sure to try some of the variations like frogs on a log!

Course Snack

Cuisine New Zealalnd

Keyword ants on a log, ants on a log variations, ants on a log ideas

Prep Time 5minutes minutes

Total Time 5minutes minutes

Servings 4 servings

Calories 103kcal

Ingredients

4 celery sticks4 Tablespoons peanut butter20 raisins

Instructions

Trim your celery sticks and de-string, ie use a small sharp knife to lift the end of the celery strings then pull to remove.

Spread each celery stick with a tablespoon of peanut butter

Top the peanut butter with a few evenly spaced raisins (these are your ants)

Enjoy

Notes

If you want your celery sticks to sit without rolling over, remove a slice from the celery stick so that it has a flat bottom.
Let your kids’ come up with a fun name for the variation of ants on a log you end up making, this could be such a fun activity, corn kernels might become sunny ants, peas could be frogs, or maybe the ants could become colourful caterpillars if you used a mixture of things.

Alternative Logs

Traditionally the ‘log’ for this snack is celery. But there are many other alternatives you can use if you don’t have celery on hand or if you simply don’t like it!

Apple Slices
Capsicum/Bell Pepper Slices
Carrot Sticks
Cucumber
Halved Bananas
Pear
Pretzel Rods

Alternative Fillings

Peanut butter is usually used as the filling for this snack, but it does not have to be.

Almond Butter
Apple Butter
Avocado
Cashew Butter
Chicken Salad
Cottage Cheese
Cream Cheese
Grated Cheese mixed with mayonnaise
Guacamole
Hummus
Peanut Butter
Ricotta
Sunflower Butter

Alternative Ants

There are so many things you could use as ants.

Blueberries
Capsicum/Bell Pepper cut into small pieces
Carrots cut into small pieces
Cereal/Granola
Cherry Tomatoes
Chickpeas
Chocolate Chips
Corn kernels
Dried Apricots
Dried Cranberries
Olives
Peas
Raspberries
Roasted chickpeas
Roasted pepitas
Sunflower seeds plain, or my honey roasted sunflower seeds

Variations

Ants on the beach: Your favourite log filled or spread with hummus (the beach) topped with your favourite ‘ants’.
Frogs on a log: If you use pieces of green grape, peas or green capsicum they will be your ‘green frogs’.
Gnomes on a log: A log of your choosing, with a filling of your choosing (I like to use cottage cheese or grated cheese mixed with mayo for this one) topped with bright red cherry tomatoes. The red cherry tomatoes are the gnome’s red hats.
Ants in the snow: A halved banana, spread cream cheese or ricotta, sprinkled with desiccated coconut and chocolate chips to be the ants.
Celery Butterfly: Fill a celery stick with peanut butter, then place mini pretzels in the peanut butter to look like butterflies

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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