Ants on a log

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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!

A plate full of 'ants on a log' resting on the bench, with a hand holding one above them.

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
All the ingredients to make the ants on a log laid out on the bench

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
  • Chicken Salad
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Grated Cheese mixed with mayonnaise
  • Guacamole
  • Hummus
  • Peanut Butter
  • Ricotta
  • Sunflower Butter

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 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 sticks filled with peanut butter decorated with pretzels to form wings, making a butterfly snack.
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.

A pair of hands destringing a celery stick with a knife.

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!


A plate full of 'ants on a log' served on an oval shaped platter which is next to a small ramekin of peanut butter and a wooden chopping board with extra sliced celery sticks

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.
A hand holding a celery stick up which shows a slice off the bottom of it.
Make your logs sit nicely by cutting a slice out of them giving them a thin base.

A hand holding a celery stick which is spread with mayonnaise and cheese mix and baby tomatoes on top of it.
Gnomes on a log

A platter full of 'Ants on a log' sitting on the bench
A hand holding a piece of celery filled with peanut butter topped with 4 raisins.

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!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: New Zealalnd
Keyword: ants on a log, ants on a log variations, ants on a log ideas
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 103kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 celery sticks
  • 4 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 20 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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