How to make fruit and vegetable bug snacks. Bring out your child’s inner artist with healthy fruit and vegetable bug snacks! These cute little bugs are a fun and easy recipe for kids. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and low-sodium. Make sure you clean your fruit and vegetables before using them!
- 2-3 Celery stalks, cut into various lengths for different bugs
- 1-2 mini cucumbers, halved lengthwise with seeds scooped out, cut into multiple lengths
- ½ cup Vegan cream cheese
- 10 cucumber slices
- 1 cup cherry and grape tomatoes (various colors)
- 1 bunch chives, cut into 1” lengths
- 5-7 black olives
- 10 whole cashews
- 2-3 celery stalks, cut into multiple lengths for different bugs
- ½ cup peanut butter (or other nuts/seed butter for peanut allergies)
- 1 cup red and green grapes
- 3-4 strawberries, sliced
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 apple, sliced
- ¼ cups mini dairy-free chocolate chips
- ½ cup puffy or round cereal
DIRECTIONS FOR SNACK BUGS
Begin by preparing the googly eyes for your fruit and vegetable bugs.
- Use a straw to cut out black olive pupils. Alternatively, you can chop black olives into small pieces and use those for the pupils instead. Pipe small dots of cream cheese onto a plate and top with black olive pupils. After assembling the eyes, place them in the freezer to chill for easier assembly later on.
- Version 1 – Pipe small dots of cream cheese onto a plate. Top with mini dairy-free chocolate chips.
- Version 2 – Use peanut butter or cream cheese to “glue” mini chocolate chips to the cereal.
- After assembling the eyes, you can then pop them into the freezer to chill.
- TIP: If you don’t have piping bags, sandwich bags with the tip of the corner cut off will work well for piping eyes.
- Prepare fruit and vegetables.
- Scoop seeds from mini cucumbers. Help your bugs stand upright by slicing a flat edge on the bottoms of mini cucumbers and celery sticks.
- Vegetable bugs. Fill celery stalks and mini cucumbers with cream cheese, using a piping bag or spoon.
- Fruit bugs: Fill celery stalks with peanut butter, using a piping bag or spoon. These will be the base of all the fruit and vegetable bugs you make.
- Start with a fruit or vegetable round for the shell. Stick chilled googly eyes onto the tomato, cashew, or grape “heads.” Insert chives or thin-sliced apples (with skins on) for antennae.
- Stick chilled googly eyes onto cherry tomato or grape “heads.” Add chive or apple antennae. Make the body with a line of cherry tomatoes, grapes, blueberries, or cereal.
Dragonflies and butterflies:
- Stick chilled googly eyes onto grape or tomato “heads.” Or place cereal eyes into peanut butter. Add chive or apple antennae. Use sliced strawberries or halved cucumber slices for wings. Use cereal, blueberries, grapes, or cherry tomatoes for the body.
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