How to Make Ants on a Log

Ants on a log
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 188
Fat 14g
Carbs 12g
Protein 7g
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Total Time 15 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 0 min
Servings 5 (2 logs each)

Ants on a Log is a fun snack that kids can make for themselves, so it's perfect for a beginning cook—and it's so cute. Using a recipe like Ants on a Log is a nice way to introduce your kids to the kitchen—and that's one way to get them more interested in their meals and may even help picky eaters become less picky.

So kids know the snack is fun, but Moms and Dads want to find out if it's healthy. And it is!

Ants on a Log is made with ingredients that are good for growing boys and girls.  The 'logs' are celery sticks—high in fiber and potassium. And they have an awesome crunch. The filling is peanut butter, which is a good source of vitamin E, protein and healthy fats. Choose natural peanut butter—either smooth or chunky—without added sugars.  The little 'ants' are raisins, and they're a good source of minerals including iron, calcium and potassium. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 celery sticks
  • 1/4 cup raisins (regular dark or gold)

Preparation

  1. Have your children wash their hands—and, of course, you should wash your hands too. 
  2. Rinse the celery stocks under running water.
  3. Cut each celery stock into two pieces. Mom or Dad need to do this step for children who aren't old enough to use a sharp knife.
  4. Place the celery on a clean surface (this is a great time to talk to your kid about food safety) with the concave side up. 
  5. Divide the peanut butter equally among the sticks of celery—spread the peanut butter with a butter knife or a small spoon.
  1. Sprinkle a few raisins on top of each celery stick/peanut butter combination and squish them into the peanut butter.
  2. Serve with glasses of non-fat milk, almond milk, water or any healthful beverage.

For a little variety:

  • Use raw bok choi instead of celery for a milder flavor, but similar texture.
  • Or toast a slice of 100 percent whole grain bread and cut it into strips to use as the logs.
  • Try different types of 'ants' -- dried fruits such as craisins (cranberries), dried blueberries or apple bits work just as well as raisins.
  • Use almond, cashew or soy butter. They're all excellent sources of healthy fats and protein.
  • Or try hummus instead of peanut butter.

Source:

United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 (2 logs each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 7g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 420mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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