Here’s a cute idea – actually my answer to the baskets I’ve seen on Pinterest made from noodles, marshmallow and chocolate. They are pretty easy to make and are something the kids can help you with too.
300g slivered almonds, toasted
200 gram (2 cups) shredded coconut, toasted
100 gram (1 cup) almond or hazelnut meal
200 gram (1 cup) raw cacao butter or raw, extra virgin coconut oil (or a combination of 100 gram of each), melted
30 grams (⅓ cup) cacao powder
2-6 tablespoons of sweetener such as maple, coconut or rice malt syrup (you can adjust the sweetness to your taste)
- Toast your almonds and coconut.
- Melt the cacao butter or coconut oil over a very low heat, either in a small pot or Thermomix (temp 50, speed 1) until just melted.
- Add the cacao powder and rice syrup, mix until well combined and the syrup is dissolved.
- Combine the slivered almonds, coconut and nut meal in a bowl. Add the raw chocolate and stir until well combined.
- If you would like a darker nest, add a tablespoon or two more cacao.
- Line a muffin tin and press one tablespoon of the mix into the base. Add another tablespoon (approx.) and press into the sides to make a small basket.
- Place in the freezer immediately to set. Once set, remove the muffin casing and keep in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve.
Replace the almonds with more shredded coconut or toasted sunflower seeds and the meal with desiccated coconut.
Choose rice malt syrup as your sweetener
You can sub the raw chocolate with a good quality dark chocolate (I love Green and Blacks) melted. You can omit the almond meal if using regular chocolate.
- Filled with small chocolate Easter eggs
- Filled with double cream and berries for an Easter dessert (my plan for Easter Sunday dessert)
HEALTHY EASTER IDEAS
So with another celebratory season upon us, I thought I’d share some of my ideas for limiting the sweet stuff this Easter. When I was in clinical practice the busiest time for me to see patients suffering acute illness (colds, flu, gastro and the likes) was always after Christmas and Easter. I believe there are many reasons for this including more late nights (less sleep), perhaps increased stress over the holiday period and of course over indulgence (esp. in sugar).
I’m all for a good celebration, but I do try to direct my kids to healthier Easter options, without compromising deliciousness of course. It is all too easy to overindulge, but a lot more difficult (and expensive) to undo the damaged caused, so here are my ideas for a little ‘damage control’ over Easter…
- Only buy ‘real’ additive free chocolate. SO many chocolates on the market are a combination of not only sugar, but dangerous additives and vegetable oil. So choosing additive and vegetable oil free chocolate is your best bet. Dark chocolate is preferable to milk, or, why not make your own chocolate, it is really very easy – here’s my raw chocolate recipe to get you started. Hot Cross Buns are such a sugar and additive trap. For more about my concerns and a simple healthy recipe (that tastes perfectly hot cross bun-ish), click here.
- Fill-up on good food – I always try to crowd out sugary, processed food from my kids diet. I find if they are full on a good, solid meal they are less inclined to want or overdo the not so good stuff.
- Substitute processed with real food treats. I have loads of nourishing treat recipes on my website.
- I will also add, what they don’t know won’t hurt them. The more you allow them to have ‘sweet stuff’, the more they will seek it out (to derive the same level of satisfaction). So when they are little, delay for as long as possible giving them Easter Eggs. My daughter was 4 years old when we first celebrated a chocolate inclusive Easter. When she was given Easter eggs at shopping centres or at daycare, she would carry it around because it looked pretty, but it never occurred to her to pull off the wrapper and eat what was inside. Of course, once she did realise what was inside, there was no going back. My son had a much earlier introduction given he could see the pleasure his sister derived from the contents of the colourful foil.
- There comes a time when they will live and learn. One Easter we were away with friends and the morning Easter egg hunt was less controlled than when I’m in charge. So my daughter had her first free-for-all hunt and pre-breakfast scoff. Come lunch time she was driving the white bus and could barely look at her remaining bounty.
- Get creative. There are also lots of great ‘minimal food’ Easter hunt ideas online (search Easter Hunt on Pinterest). I like the plastic eggs that you can fill with both food and non-food trinkets. I also love the idea of having a scavenger hunt (like a treasure hunt), to draw out the excitement.
Have a wonderful, happy and healthy Easter celebration!
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