Ants On A Log
These Ants On A Log are my favorite back-to-school snack idea for kids aged between 5 and 15 years old.
They are low-sugar, low-carb, and packed with vitamins and nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
Back-to-school snacks are always a challenge, especially on hot days, because kids crave some sweet and cold treats.
These classic celery snack sticks, also called ants on a log, are great healthy snacks for your little one.
I have been making this for my kids for years, so it’s time to share with you this simple snack idea that appears to also be low-carb and keto-friendly.
What Are Ants On A Log?
Ants on a log are celery sticks, usually stuffed with peanut butter and raisins as a fun and easy kid-friendly snack.
There’s a variety of food that can also be added to ants on a log, like cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, or hummus.
The recipe gets its name from the raisins on the celery that look like ants on a branch, and that’s why people call them ants on a log.
The name makes this snack even much more fun for the kids to eat, so it’s a win-win.
How To Make Ants On A Log Celery Snack
It is super easy to make this fun snack for you or your kids!
All you need are the following:
- Celery Stalks – Pick fresh celery and cut the sticks to about 6 inches or 15 cm long – that’s what we call the log.
- Creamy Filling
- Some Toppings
First, cut the celery sticks to about 6 inches in length (15 cm). Wash and pat dry the celery.
I like to cut a flat base on the round side of the celery stick.
This makes it easier to stand the celery sticks on a plate, or they roll on their sides when filled later on.
Next, pick some of your favorite creamy fillings. I will list some sweet filling and savory filling ideas below.
Let me tell you a bit more about how you can fill the celery sticks.
The best sweet filling for these sticks are:
- Creamy Peanut Butter or almond butter, or any nut butter you love.
- Sunflower Seed Butter.
- Plain Yogurt, like Greek yogurt
The savory fillings that taste great with celery are:
- Hummus or my cauliflower hummus for a low-carb option.
- Cottage Cheese
- Cream Cheese
- Guacamole or use my 4-ingredient guacamole recipe
- Onion Dip
- Pesto like my spinach pesto
Use a teaspoon and spread the peanut butter or any filling all over the curve part of the celery stick. Set aside on a plate.
Toppings And Variations
Now, time to add some crunchy toppings. There are sweet and savory options.
Celery goes perfectly with sweet fruits and even with chocolate. Try some of the below:
- Berries like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
- Apple slices, pear chunks, or banana bites
- Dark chocolate chips, milk, or white chocolate chips.
- Dried fruits – like dried raisins, chopped dried dates, or apricots.
Savory toppings that are amazing with celery snacks are:
- Salted Peanuts
- Bacon Bites
- Chives finely chopped
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Bagels Seasoning
- Shredded Carrots
These are toppings that I always add with any sweet or savory toppings. They are crunchy and go well with anything.
- Crushed Peanuts
- Crushed Almonds
- Sesame Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
Best Flavor Combinations
The best combinations of flavors to fill the celery are.
- Celery, peanut butter or almond butter base, berries or chocolate chips, desiccated coconut or crushed nuts.
- Celery, cottage cheese base, chopped dill, bacon bites, or bagel seasonings.
- Celery, yogurt, berries, dark chocolate chips.
- Celery, cream cheese, salted peanuts, sundried tomatoes.
- Celery, peanut butter, and raisins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below I answered some of your most popular questions about this easy celery snack recipe idea.
Yes, you can stir 2 teaspoons of maple syrup (or sugar-free syrup) per 1/4 cup of peanut butter before adding it to the celery to boost its sweet flavor.
For the savory filling, you can stir salt, pepper, garlic powder, or fresh herbs in the cottage cheese or yogurt before filling the sticks.
Yes, celery is one of the low-carb vegetables that can safely add to your keto snack list.
All these ants on a log are keto-friendly and delicious as part of a keto snack.
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Preparation:Under 10 Minutes
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