When I was little, Easter was always a big celebration for the family. We would wake up, enjoy a large breakfast (my dad loved making us pancakes) and then head to church. Afterwards, the whole family would gather at one of our homes (we would alternate between my grandparents’, aunts’ & uncles’ and our’s), where all the cousins would wait in anticipation for the big Easter egg hunt, all of us ‘patiently’ hanging around outside. My grandmother would let us know that it was time to fetch our baskets by wildly running through the garden, trying to chase the Easter Bunny, calling on us to quickly look for the eggs.
Although I really want my son to have these amazing memories to look back on one day, I am very apprehensive about giving him a basket full of chocolate eggs to devour in one day.
(That was exactly what I did – and when they were all gone, my sister would get me to do her chores in exchange for her chocolates. My sister is cunning, I tell you. But, I digress.)
I have therefore come up with some healthy alternative treats, which he loves, and which will still allow him the excitement of an Easter egg hunt (without falling into the trap of bribery and corruption for the love of chocolate).
Crunchy Oat Biscuit Easter Parcels
I love these crunchy oat biscuits, not only because they are delicious, sweet and nutritious, but because Bean always helps me make the biscuits. For Easter, I decided to bake them in small ‘Easter’ themed baking cases, which I then wrapped in pieces of wax paper and tied with different colour ribbons.
Crunchy Oat Biscuit Recipe
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/3 cup Almond Butter (any nut butter will work – I always choose an organic option which has no added salt and sugar)
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 cup (approx. 100gr) Dates (chopped and pitted)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Place a container with the almond butter into a bowl with warm water, allowing the butter to soften
- Combine the oats and the dates into a mixing bowl
- Mix the almond butter with the maple syrup and pour into the mixing bowl, mixing the wet and dry ingredients together well
- Using your hands, roll equal amounts of dough into little balls and place these into the baking cases. Place the baking cases onto a baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes
- Allow the biscuits to cool
- Place the cooled biscuits onto equally-sized square pieces of wax paper and wrap the wax paper using a ribbon
Other treat suggestions for these Easter parcels are:
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Biscuits
- Mini Muffins (read my recipe for banana, as well as kale muffins)
- Mini Scones
- Date Balls (can be made or shop bought – ensure that they have no added sugar/salt /preservatives)
Refillable Easter Eggs
I bought these cute little refillable eggs and plan on filling them with the following snacks:
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts (broken into smaller pieces as they could be a choking hazard)
- Popcorn (I make this using coconut oil and a low sulphur salt)
Bean loves opening containers and mixing all the ingredients together, so, for Easter, I plan on giving him a bowl so that he can mix his ‘own’ trail mix using the ingredients in the eggs.
The filled eggs also make fun rattles.
Instead of treats only (let’s be honest, a 2-year-old can only eat so much), I plan on hiding a few small gifts in the garden as well. As far as possible, I looked for Easter-themed toys, i.e. in the shape of a duckling or a rabbit, or with Easter-themed pictures stuck on the toy etc.
Here are some examples based on what Bean would love to find (note that these are only guidelines – you can get really creative and make something or buy different toys according to your child’s preferences):
- Magic growing pets
- Small stuffed toy
- Crayons (non-toxic) with an Easter-themed picture
- Small Puzzle
It has been so much fun thinking of ideas to make this Easter special (yet still healthy) for Bean, instead of simply going to the shops to buy some chocolate eggs. I cannot wait to see the excitement on his face and his bubbly exclamations of, ‘Wow!’ when he finds his treats.
Happy Easter all!