Here are some snack recipe that will please your children. And if you have no children, nothing prevents you from letting go of your creativity and presenting adorable edible insects snacks to your guests or even yourself!
It's also a great idea for a kid's birthday party!
The ingredients included are gluten free, vegan and low in sodium. But you can use whatever you have at home that inspires you. The important thing is to have fun while cooking! :-)
For the vegetable bugs
- 2-3 stalks of celery, cut into different lengths for different bugs
- 1-2 mini cucumbers with seeds removed, cut lengthwise in half into different lengths
- ½ cup (125 g) cream cheese (vegan or regular)
- 10 cucumber slices
- 1 cup (250 g) cherry tomatoes and/or grapes of various colours
- 1 bunch of chives, cut into 1inch
- 5-7 black olives
- 10 whole cashews
For the fruit bugs
- 2-3 stalks of celery, cut into different lengths for different insects
- ½ cup (125 mL) peanut butter, or your favourite nut butter or seed butter if peanut allergy
- 1 cup (250 g) red and/or green grapes
- 3-4 sliced strawberries
- ½ cup (125 g) blueberries
- 1 apple, sliced
- ¼ cup (65 g) mini chocolate chips without dairy products
- ½ cup (125 g) Envirokidz Leapin' Lemurs, Gorilla Munch or Panda Puffs cereal, or other small bean cereal.
How to make goggly eyes for fruit and vegetable bugs.
For vegetable bugs:
1. Use a straw to cut pupils in black olives. You can also cut the olives into small pieces.
2. Form small dots of cream cheese on a plate and add a piece of black olive to create pupils.
3. Place the finished eyes in the freezer to cool them in order to facilitate the assembly.
For fruit insects:
1. Form small dots of cream cheese on a plate.
2. Garnish with mini chocolate chips (use vegan chocolate if you wish).
1. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to "stick" chocolate chips to Envirokidz cereal.
* After assembling the eyes, place them in the freezer to cool them.
Once the eyes are done.
TIP: If you don't have a pastry bag, cut the corner of a sandwich bag (ziploc).
Prepare the fruits and vegetables by washing and cutting them.
Let go of your artistic side to form various insects!
Cut a flat edge on the bottom of the mini cucumbers and celery stalks so that the insects "stand".
Fill the celery stalks or mini cucumbers with cream cheese or peanut butter using a pastry bag or a spoon.
Take inspiration from the reference photo below to create snails, caterpillars, dragonflies and butterflies. Or be creative and invent your own bugs!
Here are some directions to help you!
For snails: Use a round fruit or vegetable for the shell. Glue eyes and garnish the "heads" with tomatoes, cashews or grapes. Insert chives or thinly sliced apples (with the skin on) to create the antennas.
For caterpillars: Glue your eyes on the "heads" of cherry tomatoes or grapes. Add chive or apple antenna. Form the body using cherry tomatoes, grapes, blueberries or Envirokidz-type cereals.
For dragonflies and butterflies: Glue eyes on the "heads" of grapes or tomatoes, or create the eyes using Envirokidz cereal and peanut butter. Create the antennas using chive or apple sticks. Use sliced strawberries or halved cucumber slices to make the wings. Use Envirokidz cereals, blueberries, grapes or cherry tomatoes to form the body.
Then arrange your cute little bugs on the table or a big cutting board and enjoy them in good company! Don't forget to take a picture before!