When I was a kid, I loved eating “ants on a log”. For those of you (like my husband) who have never heard of this most delicious of snacks, traditional ants on a log is simply a piece of celery (the log) with a dollop of peanut butter and a few raisins (the ants) sprinkled on top. I used to love coming home from school and munching away on these uber yummy creations. The crunch of the celery and the creaminess of the peanut butter compliment each other beautifully.

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Always on the search for ways to make food more fun for kids, I decided to switch it up a bit and make ants on a log for Kenya substituting almond butter for peanut butter (you could also use sunflower butter for kids with nut allergies or cashew butter if you prefer). Then, I got even more creative by topping them with all different kinds of delicious toppings such as raisins, dried cranberries (“ladybugs”), walnuts (“frogs”) and more. You can have a blast making them with your kids, letting them come up with their own names for whatever you choose to sprinkle on top. There’s no end to the fun you can have no matter what your “bugs” of choice are!


Bugs on a Log

4 from 2 votes
Servings: 12 logs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup almond butter you could also use peanut, sunflower or cashew butter
  • 4 celery stalks
  • topping ideas: raisins, craisins, dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds


  • Cut celery into 3-inch logs.
  • Spread 1 teaspoon of almond butter into the logs until it is evenly distributed.
  • Top with desired toppings.
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. My 5 year old decided she’d rather have the pb and raisins on an apple one day and after much thought she exclaimed, “Mom, these are ants on a kayak!” So cute and clever! (and a nice alternative to the celery)

  2. My sprouts love these. Other variations I do are cream cheese with Craisins, Nutella with sunflower seeds, peanut butter with a few (and I mean VERY few) mini- chocolate chips (that’s a rare one!)

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