Nut-free Snack Attack

I have a confession. Due to the intense Minnesota cold, I have terrible cabin fever coupled with some wicked SAD symptoms. Anyone else? You’d think this would cause me to cook more because I’m spending more time inside. Alas, instead I’m so bummed out that even my most favorite diversions have lacked appeal.

In order to kick-start my spirits, I’m pulling out some oldies but goodies from a paleo, nut-free appetizer cookbook project I started about a year ago and have conveniently procrastinated finishing. The benefit to you is more recipes despite my recent non-existent motivation. Winning!

nut free paleo snack

Bugs on Bark

I dubbed the raisins “bugs” because “ants on a log” has been done already. I prefer the alliteration, because I’m a word nerd. A little sweet, a little salty and a big crunch make these an awesome snack for kids or adults.

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 6 celery stalks, washed, trimmed and cut into halves or thirds

  • ~1/2 cup sunflower butter (I buy the organic, no sugar added Sunbutter)

  • ~1/3 cup golden or regular raisins, preferably organic

Using a butter knife, scoop the sunflower butter and spread it into the bed of the celery. Place desired number of raisins on top. Bam! It’s the after-school or post-workout snack of champions. Hit the weights and then eat some of these buggers while you enjoy the spectacle that is Olympic ski jumping. Go team USA!

5 Responses to Nut-free Snack Attack

  1. Tracy April 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Hello! I’d just like to say THANK YOU (and I love you – not sounding creepy at all)!!! I do not have a life threatening allergy to nuts like yourself but I am slightly allergic and my tummy doesn’t feel all that good after eating them. I went on a “loose” paleo diet to discover what triggers my tummy’s mood and found that eating that way was generally pretty beneficial other than the fact that every second recipe had nuts. I love my food so limiting so much yummy food was difficult and I would still eat some gluten just to get around the nut side of things. Your recipes also sounds great, I can’t wait to try them once I’m settled in my new place. I’m so excited to have stumbled upon your blog, keep it up! 🙂

    • Amelia E April 28, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks Tracy! I have decided that I love you too. 🙂 I’m always so excited to hear that my blog is useful. I’m in the midst of moving cross-country, but once I get settled I’ll be putting up some new recipes. Stay tuned and take care til then!

      • Tracy May 1, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

        Thanks Amelia! That sounds great, all the best with the move! I know the feeling, I’ve just moved half-way across the world. I shall be waiting patiently for new recipes and make my way through your existing ones first. 🙂 Tried a loose version of the oven-baked salmon, that was really good!

  2. Morgan July 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Your blog is witty and hilarious, and you’re fab. It’s so much fun to read and has great tips. I am anaphylactic to tree nuts & peanuts, and in turn I get anxiety. Nobody seems to understand or take allergies seriously. Hell, my Momma even forgets to read labels! Let’s not even talk about my foreign mother-in-law who buys me chocolate with nuts & brings over food unannounced despite protests. LOL. Anyway, thanks so much!

    • Amelia E July 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Aw, thanks for the compliments Morgan. I can already tell that you’re fab too. I totally feel you on the anxiety, and it is not helped by forgetful family members. My own father once sent me a package in college that included cookies with nuts. My friends referred to it as “the care package of death”… and happily ate the cookies. Good luck out there and thanks for the note!

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