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Ants In A Log Bites

Ants In A Log Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 30

Ants In A Log Bites

Ingredients

    For The Ants Mix:
  • ¼ Cup dates
  • ¼ Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup Raisins
  • 1 ½ Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 stalk of Celery, (cut into pieces to fit food processsor)
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ Cup flax seed meal
  • ½ tsp celery seed
    For the Log Mix:
  • ¼ Cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp flax seed meal
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp honey or agave nectar
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Instructions

    For the Ants Mix:
  1. Combine the dates, raisins and water into a bowl to soak for at least 1 hour. (Soaking the dried fruit over night is best and will turn the water into a light brown syrup)
  2. Transfer the date, raisin and water mixture into a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. Add the celery, chia seeds, vanilla, flax seed meal and celery seed and pulse to form a chunky thick paste.
  3. Add in the oats and pulse to combine.
  4. I like to see little bits of celery, dates and raisins along with the oats. If you prefer a smoother consistency or making it for small children, puree until desired consistency.
    For the Log Mix:
  1. Add the peanuts, flax seed meal, peanut butter, rice cereal, vanilla, honey or agave and nutmeg.
  2. Pulse until a dough forms. Slowly add in the water, 1 Tbsp at a time until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Remove this mix from the food processor and place into a small sized bowl for shaping.
  4. I use a 1” dough ball spoon to help form my balls. It also helps me keep a fairly consist size.
  5. Using the spoon, I grab a half a scoop of the Ants mix and then go over to my other Log mix bowl and press it against the bowl, packing it firmly into a 1” round ball. I then transfer the ball into my hands and roll and pack it into a firm ball. I use rubber gloves when working with this dough as it is very moist and will stick to your hands.
  6. Continue forming balls and you should get about 30 1” balls. The Ants In A Log Bites will keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week. And in the freezer for up to 2 months. Simply pull a few out before eating, they defrost pretty quickly.
    Party Ants In A Log
  1. Want to get Creative? If you want to make these bites into actual logs, they are a fun addition to your party table or creative snack for the little ones.
  2. Place Ants Mix dough on a bending cutting board or wax paper and roll with plastic covered rolling pin into a large square or rectangular shape. You will want the dough to be between 1/8"-1/4".
  3. Next layer the Log Mix by scooping spoonfuls over base Ants Layer. Spread out by pressing with a spatula. Then, using your rolling pin, smooth out this layer evenly over the other layer. Both layers should be just over 1/4" thickness.
  4. You will want squared up edges. So trim off the excess rough edges with a pizza wheel. (Save these trimmings as they can be rolled into Ants In A Log Bite Balls)
  5. Make one cut down the center of the layers height wise. Then cut in half width-wise. Then cut the four pieces into halves. You will have 8 little rectangles.
  6. Cut 8 strips of plastic wrap for the logs, place this wrap underneath the rectangle. Line up your 'Ants' on each log. This will be the center of the log. Start rolling this little log by rounding up the plastic and folding the piece over on itself. Continue wrapping tightly until all the way around. Wrap and press in place with the plastic wrap.
  7. Repeat this step for the remaining pieces and then refrigerate all logs over night or for at least 2 hours to firm.
  8. After refrigeration, remove the plastic wrap and cut the eight logs into smaller logs or sections. You can cut them in halves, thirds or fourths. Whatever size you would like. A fun way to plate them would be with the celery leaves, cut pieces of celery or even extra 'Ants' raisins on the plate.
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