Ants on a Log 2.0

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School’s only been back in for a few weeks, but are you already kinda feeling like you’re in a rut when it comes to the all-important after-school snack?

Do your kids come home ravenous? (Just what are they doing at school that makes them soooo hungry??)

We can’t speak for everyone, but our experience has been that the success of homework and after-school activities strongly depends on if our kiddos get a snack. More importantly, it depends on what that snack is.

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Sure – the pantry could be filled with those “convenience” foods. But when your kids crash from too much sugar or overly processed carbs, is that really convenient? We don’t think so, either.

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So you might be thinking, “Hmmm, what would a good snack be??” We’re not going to let you down! We love our THKers too much!

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We’ve got Ants on a Log … Version 2.0! It’s improved. It’s better than ever. It’s much more scrumptious than the ol’ celery with peanut butter and raisins. Not that there’s anything wrong with the classic – we’ve just jazzed it up a bit!

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Our most favorite part … you can use what you’ve got on hand! (But get creative!)

No, the peanut butter doesn’t always have to go on celery. Try it with carrots. (Really! Shelley loves pb with carrots and dried cranberries!) How about peaches with cream cheese and a sprinkling of blueberries and almonds? (Gretchen’s favorite! Try it – it’s awesome!) Fill up that celery trench with cottage cheese and roasted sunflower seeds! Or slather bananas with peanut butter and press in some coconut and a few mini chocolate chips – seriously, so good!

Maybe you’ve got leftovers from making some No-Bake Fruit Pizzas or cute and easy Fruit Skewers (hint hint – two more awesome after-school snack ideas!). Or maybe you filled up your basket at the store with all of the best in-season fruits and veggies.

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Only a child could come up with this masterpiece! Peach Stegosaurus, anyone?

Makes no difference – just mix it up! Our kids had a total blast inventing all kinds of fun combinations – but they had WAY more fun eating after our photo shoot was done! In fact, our little helpers really filled up on sweet fruits, crunchy vegetables, and loads of protein from nuts, seeds, cottage cheese, peanut butter, cream cheese and our favorite Greek yogurt Fruit Dip.

We didn’t hear, “Can we have a snack?” or “I’m hungry!” for hours. Hours, people.

These aren’t just perfect for after school. This would make a fun activity and snack for a preschool play group. Or a do-it-yourself appetizer spread for a family dinner or even a casual party. We love options …

And we love super-healthy ideas that keep ’em full and satisfied!

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Ok – fess up – what was your favorite after-school snack when you were a kid? Not healthy? That’s ok! Tell us anyway … maybe we can even make it over!

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Ants on a Log 2.0

Preparation varies 2017-08-19T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-19T00:00:00+00:00



  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches or nectarines


  • Carrots
  • Celery



  • Almond slivers or slices
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax meal
  • Roasted sunflower seeds


  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Dried, chopped dates
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried pineapple
  • Raisins


  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Granola


  1. Choose any of the fresh fruits and vegetables you'd like. Rinse the fresh fruits and veggies and then cut them into "log" shapes and lengths.
  2. Slather your fruit and veggie "logs" with spreads of your choice.
  3. Sprinkle desired toppings onto your "logs," pressing them into the spreads, if needed, to help them stick.


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    • Hi Kelly! The celery with cottage cheese was a hit with us and the kids! Even the littlest member of our taste-tasting team (who isn’t a huge celery fan!) was happy to just munch away! And we felt great about what the kids had eaten – it was all so healthy!!! Thanks for stopping by! ~G&S

  10. I love this post! This is such a creative and healthy snack! I’d have to say that one of my favorite snacks has always been apple slices with peanut butter! Wonderful blog!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Caroline!
      Mmmmm – I often eat peanut butter with apple slices for lunch! It’s a favorite at my house for sure! But Shelley and I also loved trying a whole bunch of really fun new twists – everything was great!! ~Gretchen

  11. I love this! When I was a kid I never really had ants on a log. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I had one for the first time. they are delicious and a nice and nutritious snack. I never tried carrots and peanut butter…but I’m willing to give it a try. PB makes everything better! these would be good snacks for adults too! haha

  12. Oh my – one of my fav snacks was rambutan and date fruit salad and carrots dipped in peanut butter! After reading your post I need to try carrots, PN, and cranberries asap!

  13. I need a tray of these ready for when my guys get home! They come home, open the door sniffing to figure out what I’ve made. lol They can’t get to the food quick enough. I had to start filling my 2nd refrigerator with extra food. These guys can clean me out quick!!
    This is so so much better than any packaged food. I’d much rather them eat something healthy and tasty, if they are going to snack before dinner. I’m going to set this out today with some of your fruit dip 😀

    • Cindy – 2 refrigerators full!! It’s the joys of raising growing children!
      After school today, we had to run some errands. My youngest couldn’t wait until we got home for a snack, so she had 2 slices of bread. Plain. (It was 100% whole wheat, but there were no toppings to be had!) It was all we happened to need and I wasn’t about to buy a random snack just to give in – especially right before dinner. I fully expect a taller child in the morning.
      Hope your guys loved the snack!! ~Gretchen

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