Ants on a Log Kids Snacks and Veggie Platter

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Ants on a Log is one of the all-time favorite kids snacks. And it can be healthy and super fun when you make them their own version of a charcuterie board. Inspired by the classic recipe, this kid-friendly snackplatter will be one of their favorite easy fruit and veggie snack ideas. Get the kiddos to help out in the kitchen and eat their vegetables!

Ants on a Log Kids Snacks Platter

I missed the boat. As a kid, I pretty much wouldn’t touch fruit and vegetables. Unless it was a banana, canned corn (which is technically a grain, not a veggie), or canned carrots drowned in pancake syrup, I wasn’t touching it.

Raisins? No way. When my mom made our Ukrainian Easter Bread, I picked them all out.

I wasn’t even that big of a fan of peanut butter. Craziness, I know.

That means I totally missed out on ants on a log, and really missed out on all of the yummy flavors and nutritional benefits for kids when they eat fruit and veggies.

So if you struggle with picky eaters, maybe the strategy is to make it fun! 

Ants on a Log Healthy Kid Snack Board

Kid-Friendly Veggie Platter

While the kids may not love the idea of digging into a veggie platter, who doesn’t love a cheese board? Lots of crackers and cheese and dips and other good stuff to pick from. And you get to eat with your hands. Every kid loves that!

So why not combine the two and take inspiration from a classic kids snack?

What is Ants on a Log?

Traditionally, Ants on a Log is made by spreading peanut butter into celery sticks, then sticking raisins in the peanut butter. The piece of celery becomes the log with a line of raisin ants marching down it.

People began putting fillings in celery in the early 1900s, with peanut butter rising in popularity in the 1960s. However, it’s not clear where this specific combination originated. Some attribute it to the Girl Scouts.

A white plate with creative Ants on a Log with carrots and apples

Ants on a Log Kids Snack Idea

Combine a simple veggie platter and a classic snack recipe into one fun platter for the kids to munch on. Set it out at a party, after a day at the pool, or as an after-school snack, and let them dig in knowing that they are getting healthy fruit and vegetables!

What else can you put on a kid-friendly fruit and veggie platter?

In recent years, there has been a rise in gourmet ants on a log with non-traditional fillings. This allows you to customize to your tastes and preferences, as well as any allergies. Depending on your choice of toppings, you can make your platter gluten free, dairy free, even peanut and nut free.

You can even turn this snack platter into a meal with more hearty fillings. 

Fresh fruit and veggies

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Apple slices
  • Pear slices

Spreads

Toppings

  • Dried fruit like raisins, dried cranberries, chopped apricots or dates, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Granola or museli
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Roasted chickpeas

Ants on a log fruit and vegetable platter for kids

How to Make Ants on a Log Kids Snacks and Veggie Platter

  1. Get a large cutting board or serving platter.
  2. Cut fruit and veggies into slices or planks that can be used for adding toppings, and arrange decoratively on the platter.
  3. Fill small bowls with spreads and add small spoons or mini spreading knives. Place bowls around the fruit and vegetable slices.
  4. Fill spaces on the board with smile piles of desired toppings.
  5. Set it out on a table and let everyone make their own custom combos.
closeup of three versions of Ants on a Log with carrots and apples

Special diets

  • Gluten free – if you add granola to the platter, just me sure it is gluten free or if you’ve made it yourself you used certified gluten free oats.
  • Nut free – use sunflower seed butter and stick to dried fruit, nut-free granola, pumpkin seeds, and roasted chickpeas for toppings.
  • Dairy free or vegan – just stick to nut butters and skip the cream cheese or use a vegan cream cheese.
  • Low carb – use celery and mini bell peppers, and replace the dried fruit with some fresh blueberries, raspberries, or chopped strawberries.
Ants on a Log ingredients on a kids snack board

More healthy kid snack ideas to add to the fruit and veggie platter

Ants on a Log ingredients on a kids snack board

Ants on a Log Kids Snacks and Veggie Platter

This kid-friendly version of a cheese board is an easy and healthy snack idea you can totally customize. It's a fun way to get the kids in the kitchen and eating vegetables!
Prep: 10 mins

Ingredients

Fruits and vegetables (choose any or all):

  • celery sticks
  • carrot cut into planks
  • cucumber slices
  • apple slices
  • pear slices

Spreads (choose any or all):

  • Peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butters
  • Sunflower seed butter or other seed butters
  • Cream cheese or other cheese spreads
  • Hummus
  • Tuna or chicken salad

Toppings (choose any or all):

  • Dried fruit such as raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots or dates, etc.
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Granola or museli

Instructions

  • Arrange fruits and vegetables on a large cutting board or platter.
  • Place toppings in small bowls and add spoons, knives, or spreaders. Put on the board or platter between the fruits and vegetables.
  • Fill any spaces on the board or platter with desired toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Ants on a Log Kids Snacks and Veggie Platter
Amount Per Serving (1 celery stick with 1/2 Tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon raisins)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

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