5 Fun Recipes for a Healthy and Hoppy Easter
From egg hunts with baskets full of candy to post-Lent indulgence, many traditional Easter activities involve a sugar overload. But we have a solution: Five fun recipes that don’t rely on excessive amounts of added sugar (plus a bonus activity when you’re all done). While large gatherings are discouraged at this time, you can get your household together for some holiday fun!
1. Easter Fruit Salad in a Chocolate Egg Shell
When most people think of Easter, they often think about Easter eggs. Try this craft with the kids to make your own chocolate egg, but instead of filling it with candy, add your family’s favorite fresh fruit.
What You’ll Need:
- Balloons (one per shell)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 cups of your favorite fruit, sliced or chopped
Begin by washing each balloon with dish soap and water, drying completely, and then inflating them to the size of a large sweet potato. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the dark chocolate in intervals of 30 seconds, stirring in between, until it’s all melted.
Roll out a piece of parchment paper, dip the side of a balloon in the melted chocolate to make an oblong egg shape, then set the balloon chocolate-side down on the paper. Do this with however many balloons you want and then place the sheet in the fridge to cool. Once the chocolate is solid, carefully pop the balloon to remove it from the shell and put your fresh fruit salad inside.
2. Heavenly Deviled Eggs
Add some protein to your Easter feast with these tasty deviled eggs with a tangy (and heavenly) twist!
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, shells removed
- 1/3 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (plus more for topping)
- Fresh dill or chives for garnish
Begin by slicing the eggs in half lengthwise and scooping the cooked yolks into a bowl. Mash the yolks, add in the yogurt, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika, and mix together until smooth and creamy. Spoon the filling into the eggs. Garnish with additional paprika and chopped dill or chives. Enjoy!
3. Carrot Patch Parfait
While this sweet treat doesn’t actually contain carrots, it still has plenty of beta-carotene!
What You’ll Need:
- Cantaloupe, cut into triangles
- Kiwi, cut into “leaves”
- Low-fat yogurt
- Low-sugar granola
Begin by inserting a toothpick into the short end of the cantaloupe triangle, leaving some of the toothpick exposed, and place the kiwi “leaves” on top. Then start layering the yogurt and granola into cups. Once full, put the point of the “carrots” into the parfait. Serve immediately.
4. Funny Bunny Breakfast
Surprise your little one with a breakfast that will make them positively hoppy!
- Instant oatmeal
- 1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
- 2 strawberries
- 2 blueberries
- 1 apple
Prepare a bowl of oatmeal and sweeten to taste with honey. Slice the side off of one strawberry to make a triangle and cut the other in half and then into thick slices. Cut the apple in half. From one half, slice two thin circles and cut the other half into matchsticks. Arrange the various fruits in the bowl to make a festive bunny and serve hot.
5. Vegan Hot Cross Bun-nies
Enjoy the smell of hot, fresh bread in the house when you cook up these festive hot cross bun-nies!
For the Buns:
- 1 (7g) sachet of yeast
- 1 cup nut or oat milk (warmed to 108-110°Fahrenheit)
- 1/3 cup maple or agave syrup, plus more for glazing
- 2/3 cup applesauce
- 3 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 ½ cups rice or oat flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp clove powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup raisins
For the Crosses:
- 2 tbsp rice or oat flour
- Warm water
Begin by mixing the warmed oat or nut milk with the maple or agave syrup and the yeast until well combined. Allow the yeast to activate by letting the mixture sit untouched for five minutes, and then add the applesauce and avocado oil.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, zest, cinnamon, ginger powder, nutmeg, allspice, clove powder, and sea salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients while mixing with a wooden spoon. Once it becomes hard to stir, work the rest of the dry mixture and the raisins in with your hands. Knead for a minute and then divide the dough into 10 equal-sized balls. Place on a baking sheet, drape with a towel, and let them sit out on the counter for about an hour.
After that hour is complete, preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Slowly add warm water to your 2 tbsp of rice or oat flour until it forms a paste. Drizzle into crosses on top of the buns. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and fully cooked. While hot, brush extra maple or agave syrup over the tops to add a sweet glaze. Serve warm and store extras in an airtight container.
Bonus Craft: Make Some Easter Friends
Now that you’re finished making all these fun treats, you may have a paper towel cardboard tube handy (or extra toilet paper tubes stocked up). That means it’s craft time!
What You’ll Need:
- Toilet paper/paper towel cardboard tubes
- Non-toxic paints, markers, and glue
- Sequins, pom poms, googly eyes, etc.
Collect any used cardboard tubes and set up a workstation by laying a dropcloth. Have fun creating bouncing bunnies, cute chicks, and springtime bugs with your little one!
CHI St. Joseph Health wishes you a healthy and hoppy Easter!