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Easy Ants on a Log – Recipe with Graham Crackers

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Looking for a healthy snack for the kids after school? Ants on a log with graham crackers is a fun recipe that gives kids whole grains, fiber, and protein all in a cute little package they will love. After school, your kids need a break to relax regroup before they start homework.

What is Ants on a Log?

Ants on a log is a name given to a classic snack of fresh celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins. In the 50s and 60s, you would see this snack as an appetizer at most dinner parties and picnics. There are so many combinations you can make with this fun snack. Celery is most common and but crackers can also be used. Peanut butter is the basic but cream cheese is also popular.

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Why Make Ants on a Log for an After School Snack?

Making ants on a log for your kids as an after school snack is homemade, healthy, fun, and packed with protein. Depending on what you top your graham cracker with, you can have a quick afterschool snack that has whole grains goodness and healthy protein. You will love how fast they are to make and the kids will love the options on top and the fun name.

Scatter some of the raisins, chocolate chips, or goldfish on the past and tell them that the ants are running away for a good laugh and smiles before homework.

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You may also be interested in this post on 15 Easy After School Snacks for Kids. Healthy fun homemade snacks to make for your kids that will love to help with the cooking. Check them all out!

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Making Ants on a Log with Celery or Graham Crackers?

It is tradition to use celery and raisins with making ants on a log for a snack or a party appetizer. But in our home, it has always been graham cracker with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips.

My first memory of ants on a log was camping with my Aunt Lois. She would make celery with cream cheese and raisins. I love them and we had them most days as an afternoon snack to boost energy for hiking or long car rides.

As a child graham crackers were a go too cracker. A whole-grain food and easy to take along and keep fresh. Before cereal was mass produced (and loaded with sugar) my dad would make for me graham crackers in a bowl with milk as an evening snack if we had trouble falling asleep.

My little kids were not fond of the stringiness of celery and did not love raisins so changing up the celery for graham crackers was a natural substitution.

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Variations of Ants on a Log Recipe

There are so many options for ants on a log. Use your creativity and what your family likes and make cute fun energy pack snacks for after school. Any of the variations will give the kids a boost to start their homework.

  • Peanut butter on grahm crackers with mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter on grahm crackers with pretzel goldfish
  • Peanut butter on grahm crackers
  • Peanut butter on grahm crackers with raisins
  • Peanut butter on celery with raisins
  • Peanut butter on celery with pretzel goldfish
  • Cream cheese on grahm crackers with goldfish
  • Cream chees on grahm crackers with walnuts (for older kids)
  • Cream cheese on clelery with raisins
  • Cream cheese on celery with pretzel goldfish
  • Guacamole on celery with black beans
  • hummas on celery with green peppers
  • Hummas on celery with olives
  • You can also substitue any nut butter, almond, walnut
  • You can also add anamil cracker ontop of the peanutbutter or creamcheese
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with a mini knife and one with peanut butter with a cow mini knife on a white napkin with red trim.  small clear glass bottle of milk with a green Disney straw. package of Disney goldfish in the top right

How to Decorate a Basic White Tray for Back to School

You can take a simple basic white tray or any tray and make it special for back to school. Your Ants on a log snack will be special with a fun DIY serving platter or plate. The tray in this post is decorated with back-to-school vinyl make with a Cricut Cutting Machine. Simple designs out of colorful vinyl get the kids in the back-to-school thinking.

If you use vinyl that is removable/repositionable you can decorate your platter or plate for other seasons.

You can also find cute stickers online or at any discount store to make a fun design for your Ants on a log table snack scape.

When is Natinal Ants on a Log Day?

National Ants on a Log Day is the second day in September. That is the perfect day as school is started and your little one needs a snack. What better way to remember to make ants on a log than a national day.

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Easy Ants on a Log – Recipe with Graham Crackers

Looking for a healthy snack for the kids after school? Ants on a log with graham crackers is a fun recipe that gives kids whole grains, fiber, and protein all in a cute little package they will love. After school, your kids need a break to relax regroup before they start homework.Β 

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 to 6 sheets of graham crackers (4 rectangles per sheet)
  • 2 to 4 stocks of celery for the original version
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • Club Cracker
  • Cream Cheese spreadable
  • Goldfish cracker

Instructions

  1. Seperate the grahm crackers into smaller rectangles. Arrange them on a serving plate.
  2. If using celery, cut the celery into 2-inch stocks
  3. Spread the peanut butter onto the crackers or in the celery
  4. Top the peanutbutter with the mini chocolate chips (the mini ants). Top the club crackers with cream cheese and gold fish.
  5. You can spread a few of the chocolate chips or the goldfish on the plate to let your little one know some of the “Ants” are running away. They can also add chocolate chips and goldfish to their crackers as they get older.

Notes

  • The tradtional version of Ants on a Log is celery, peanut butter with raisins on top as the ants.
  • Growning up my family used celery, cream cheese, and raisins.
  • Make the recipe your own for your family. Experiment with the flavors your kids like to give them a healthy after school snack.

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