Snacks for Kids to Make & Eat: Ants on a Log

I remember eating ‘Ants of a Log’ as a kid at my church’s VBS. The memory is as clear as can be. They typically used celery as the ‘log’ and I was not a fan of celery. So, I would lick off the peanut butter and ants, then hide the celery in my napkin and throw it away. (Sneaky, I know. Please don’t tell me boys!) My mom got creative and made this at home for me using bananas; and it ‘stuck’! I have occasionally been caught eating this even without the presence of children… :)

Lately, the ants have been attacking in our neighborhood; Texas has some mean red ants! My little guy was playing in the backyard the other day and ending up standing in an ant hill. After rising his legs off and rubbing on some anti-itch cream, I decided a fun snack was in order for such a time as this. My boys LOVED ‘Ants on a Log’ and the thought of eating ants made them giggle through their entire snack!

Ingredients:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Banana
  • Raisins (handful)
  • Child-safety knife or spoon

Directions:

1. Parent/Adult: Open a banana and cut in half lengthwise. Place on a plate along with a few raisins and a scoop of peanut butter. For young children, you can give them a child-safety knife or have them use the back of a spoon to spread the peanut butter.

2. Guide the child/children to spread the peanut butter on the banana, and then add the ants on top. Eat & Enjoy!

PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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  1. Coming to you from Hop Along Friday. I have a recipe similar to this, except celery instead of bananas and I this is how I got my nephews to eat it. Works great with kids.

  2. My daughter is still a little young to make this, but she will love eating it so thanks for the reminder of this kids snack classic. :)

  3. I love ants on the log, never thought of making it with banana though! May have to give it a go! Thanks for sharing
    Rebecca @ heronscrafts.blogspot.com

  4. Fun snack for the kiddos!

  5. What a great cooking activity for little hands! I’m a big fan of pb and bananas!

    I’m from TX too!

  6. Such a fun snack! Perfect for our little kiddos! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  7. I featured this on my bug activities post. I always loved these as a kids even though my Mom used celery instead of banana.

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