Peanut butter celery reindeer sticks are a festive twist on a classic after school snack. Made with just 5 ingredients, this 10-minute snack is a filling and fun way to sneak in a few extra veggies this holiday season.
This time of year, I’m always looking for fun and creative ways to add a little festivity to my family’s everyday snacks and treats.
Kids and adults alike always get a kick out of my reindeer-themed foods! Whether I’m serving my reindeer brownies, reindeer bark, reindeer cupcakes, or these peanut butter celery reindeer sticks, everyone always comes back for seconds!
The best part? You only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this healthy holiday snack. For another holiday snack idea give this Christmas tree charcuterie board a try.
There’s something about the combination of celery and peanut butter that is just so delicious! Every bite is creamy, crunchy, sweet, and salty.
Plus, this simple snack can easily be dressed up with your favorite toppings. I like decorating these celery reindeer sticks with pretzels, M&Ms, and candy eyes, but you can use just about anything to make these stalks of celery look like cute little reindeer. Take a look in your pantry and fridge and get creative!
You’ll Love This Easy Rudolph Celery Recipe Because…
- You only need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make it.
- It’s perfect for holiday parties, packed lunches, or as an afternoon snack.
- It’s good for you!
- Kids and adults alike are sure to get a kick out of the adorable reindeer snacks.
- It’s cute and delicious!
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Celery—Thoroughly washed and trimmed.
- Peanut Butter—Creamy or crunchy—whichever’s your favorite.
- Pretzel Twists—Broken in half to look like cute little reindeer antlers.
- M&Ms—A red M&M for Rudolph’s nose and brown for the rest of Santa’s reindeer. Green and red jelly beans would work as well.
- Candy Eyes—Can be picked up in the baking aisle near the sprinkles in most grocery stores. Chocolate chips are a great alternative if you can’t get your hands on any edible eyes.
Equipment You’ll Need
These festive peanut butter celery reindeer sticks are a simple, fun snack that can be made with just a handful of common kitchen tools. To get started, grab a sharp chef’s knife, a spoon, and a serving platter.
How to Make Reindeer Celery Sticks
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Chop the celery stalks into 3–4-inch sticks.
Step 2: Fill each celery stick with a generous amount of peanut butter.
Step 3: Place two candy eyes next to each other near the center of each celery stick.
Step 4: Break pretzels in half and place the two halves to the top of each celery stick. This will represent the reindeer’s antlers.
Step 5: Press an M&M into the peanut butter at the bottom of each celery stick. One red for Rudolph and seven brown for Santa’s other reindeer.
Serve and enjoy your healthy holiday treats!
Expert Tips and Tricks
- If you choose to use natural peanut butter, you’ll find that it will be a little on the runny side. To help keep things from getting too messy, you can pop your celery reindeer snacks into the fridge for 20 minutes before adding the candy eyes, pretzels, and M&Ms.
- Don’t worry about breaking your pretzel twists perfectly in half. Lopsided pretzels will still give these reindeer peanut butter snacks a cute “antler” effect.
- If you’re frustrated that your toppings keep falling off your stalks of celery, you can use a little extra peanut butter as “glue”.
I recommend serving your peanut butter celery reindeer sticks right away. Whiel peanut butter celery sticks will stay fresh and crunchy for up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the decoartions till not hold up well in storage.
If you want to prep ahead you can fill the celery sticks with peanut butter and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then add the pretzels and candies just before serving.
Not a huge fan of peanut butter? Maybe you’re looking for ways to make this kid-friendly snack even healthier? Below are a few ideas of how you can add your favorite fillings and toppings to make these celery reindeer sticks your own.
- Make super healthy reindeer celery sticks by swapping out the candy eyes for black sesame seeds and using raisins and dried cranberries in place of the M&Ms.
- Don’t have a sweet tooth? Create savory Rudolph celery sticks by filling your stalks of celery with hummus and decorating them with chopped olives and red bell peppers.
- Pack in the nutrients with chia pudding filled celery reindeer sticks. And don’t forget to top them with some goji berries, cacao nibs, granola, or toasted coconut flakes.
- Are you a chocoholic? Try swapping out the peanut butter for some Nutella!
Celery Reindeer: Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! These tasty little snack sticks are packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, nutrients, and are a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet.
You may have heard this fun healthy snack called “ants on a log”. This is because the traditional recipe calls for raisins to be added on top of the peanut butter. The resulting snack looks like little ants crawling across a log.
Absolutely! Use a different seed or nut butter such as almond butter or sunflower butter. You can also stuff your celery reindeer with hummus or cream cheese for a nut-free snack. Check out the recipe variations above for more fun filling and topping combinations.
More easy Christmas treat ideas
- Christmas puppy chow
- Santa hat treats
- Christmas tree cupcakes
- Grinch cookies
- Christmas cookie bars
- Santa jello cups (with free printable!)
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- 1 bunch of celery, washed, dried, and trimmed
- 1 cup Peanut butter
- 16 candy eyes
- 8 M&M candies, 7 brown and 1 red
- 1 cup mini pretzel twists
- Cut celery into 8 sticks, each about 3-4 inches long.
- Use a spoon to fill each celery stick with peanut butter.
- Place two eyes in the center of the stick.
- Break apart mini pretzel twists and add two to the top of the celery stick to create antlers. If necessary, add a little extra peanut butter in the center of the antlers as “glue” to help them stick.
- Press a red M&M on the bottom of one celery stick to create a red “nose” for Rudolph. Place a brown M&M “nose” for the remaining celery sticks.
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by a third party and intended to serve as an estimate only. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.
Beverly Winter says
I love them. I have made them on three recent occasions when I brought something to share at family occasions this season.