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Thanks to California Raisins, I realized that raisins make a great snack that even I will eat! By adding raisins to apples and peanut butter you get a healthy afternoon snack that all ages will love.

Ants on an Apple - the perfect snack!

Okay, so I’m the first to admit that raisins and I have never been BFFs. As a kid almost every single oatmeal cookie I received had raisins in it and man, would it take time to pick the raisins out of those bad boys. But you know how I do love to eat raisins? As a snack – uncooked. In baked goods, not so much, but in trail mix? Yes!

And well, yogurt or chocolate covered raisins? Are my kryptonite.

I’m always on the lookout for healthier after school snacks for Jordan. There are so many sugary treats coming out of my kitchen every day that she always begs for “just a little treat” after school, but I really try to avoid that. After a long day of school, what kids need are a healthy snack packed with a punch to get them through their homework and after school activities.

That’s where these Ants on an Apple come in. They’re a super easy snack that the kids can even make themselves!

Ants on an Apple

I’ve been eating ants on a log (i.e. raisins on celery with peanut butter) since I was a kid. I always try to get Jordan to eat it but she isn’t a celery fan and usually ends up using it as a vehicle for the peanut butter. #smartkid

I’ve also been eating peanut butter on apples almost every day as an after-workout snack, but I never though to add raisins until last week when Jordan and I attended a Snack to School Party with California Raisins. She immediately headed to the snack table, where they had a “build your own ants on an apple” bar.

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The kid chose yogurt raisins instead of plain. Again, #smartkid.

The party had tons of fun kid activities, including a quiz about raisins. Did you know that California Raisins are completely natural and have no fat, cholesterol, or added sugar? And that 1/4 cup of them count as a fruit serving for the day?

Ants on an Apple (3 of 8)

And I learned that California Raisins are the most economical snack and that research shows that, if eaten as an after school snack, they can keep your kid full until dinner. That is exactly what we need in our house because normally after a bowlful of crackers she just keeps asking for more.

Here’s something I wish I could have in my house at all times:

Ants on an Apple (4 of 8)

A trail mix bar. In fact, the way I prefer to eat raisins is in trail mix. I love the combination of the juicy raisin with the candy bits and peanuts. Another snack I love mixes yogurt covered raisins with whole raw almonds. Have you ever tried that combination? It’s amazing. Be forewarned – you’ll eat way too much way too fast because it’s so good.

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The California Raisin showed up at the party. I took an hour of me begging Jordan to take a picture with him (she hates characters) and she only consented if it was an #usie and I was next to the raisin.

BTW, the second I saw the raisin I couldn’t get that song out of my head, and it’s still stuck there. I heard it through the grapevine…

Now it’s stuck in your head too. You’re welcome.

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Our favorite part was the photo booth. We love a good photo booth. I mustache you though – do you love raisins?

{Also – Jordan has Mel’s eyes, but she totally has my chin. That’s just freaky.}

So, if you’re looking for a good after school snack for your kids (or an after workout snack for you!) try California Raisins. My favorite new snack are these Ants on an Apple. It’s embarrassing how easy this recipe is.

Ants on an Apple

Cut up an apple, any kind.

Slather with peanut butter (or almond butter, sunflower butter, or even NUTELLA!)

Top with raisins.

Eat.

Repeat.

And you can feel good that your kids ate a snack that’s healthy, filling, and a little fun.

What’s your favorite after school snack? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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And, because California Raisins loves my readers, they’re giving one of you a raisin prize pack! The contents are included in the photo below. I gotta say, I got one of those collapsable meal kits at the party and it’s so cool!

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of California Raisins. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last Updated on August 21, 2018

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I love this!!! What a perfect snack for the kids…and me too! 😉 My boys are little still so sometimes celery can be hard to eat with all the strings, but this is perfect…they are going to love this!

  2. I’ve never been too big on celery, but I do love some apples and peanut butter. I love the addition of raisins to these! These are such a cute treat for kids too.

  3. I’m proud to say that even though my sons are picky eaters, I can make them eat ants on a log. I’m sure they’ll love this version too.

  4. When I saw the title of this post I about died b/c I was like wait…what, she doesn’t like raisins, right? I happen to dig them 🙂 Fave after school snack when I was a kid was NOT healthy. Twinkies or Doritos, ants on a log = wayyyyy better!

    1. Right? I totally don’t like them baked. But in trail mix (and, it turns out, on these) I do! And it got Jordan to eat them. The kids at school call them “baby” food now, ha!

  5. These are adorable Dorothy! Such a healthy and fun snack that any kiddo (big or small) would love coming home to after school 🙂 <3 these!

  6. Such a classic after-school snack. Takes me back! Jordan is adorable and looks so much like her mama 🙂