As you well know Easter is nearly here. This means loads of chocolates and yummy foods! It’s like Christmas all over again (without the presents).. Great right? However, if like me you are trying to stick to a healthy diet, are afraid of putting on a ton of weight or are just not into very sugary or fatty foods, and want to discover new healthy easter treats recipes, this post is for you!
Yes you read that right.. In this post I am going to give you 3 healthy easter treats recipes. Plus they are super easy to make. What else can we ask for?
If I said healthy, I did not say calory-less or chocolate-less. If you are not so much into chocolate only the first recipe will interest you, and like any treat eating the whole plate will come with consequences. But for those of you that want to eat chocolate without feeling full of sugar keep on reading!
Cinnamon & Sugar Easter Bunny Breads
Aren’t these the cutest little breads you’ve ever seen?! I found this presentation idea on Pinterest and couldn’t not share it with you! However, I changed the recipe to make it healthier and adaptable.
For this recipe you will need:
- 360ml warm water
- 1 packet instant yeast
- 530g flour of your choice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Mix the yeast and water together until all the lumps have dissolved.
- Add in the flour little by little until you get a non-sticky dough. You might want to add more flour until your dough isn’t sticky.
This dough is the simplest ever to make, right?!
Now you can start forming your bunnies. With this batch I was able to make 18 bunnies, but you are free to make bigger ones or smaller ones depending on what you prefer. To form your bunnies you just need to roll out a piece of dough with your fingers, then twist the dough until you get the base shape. Then you roll another piece of dough to form the tail and place it in the loop.
I’m sorry I don’t have any photo of video to show you how to do this, but I was on my own so not that easy.. You can find a tutorial here though if you want more details 🙂 I also found that the bunny ears looked better after flattening them a little between my fingers.
For the topping I simply mixed the sugar with the cinnamon, then I brushed the bunnies with some almond milk (instead of butter, little healthy trick here) for the bunnies to have a golden finish and for the topping to stick. After brushing the bunnies I sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top.
Cook for 15min and you’re done! You can eat these with a bit of jam, butter or just as they are 🙂
I think these would be great as savory breads for a party, adding sun dried tomatoes and cheese to the dough!… Yum! You could also add some grains and nuts to the dough. Possibilities are endless!
Chocolate Bird’s Nests
Now let’s move on to the chocolatey part! This recipe is an Easter classic! And the quickest of the lot, but the messiest…
I decided to make 3 big nests because I wanted to have enough room to put some eggs in the center, and I can’t get mini eggs in France so was stuck with bigger sized eggs… Anyway, they still wear yummy!
For this recipe you will need:
- 200g dark baking chocolate
- 2 teaspoons agave syrup
- Wholewheat cornflakes
Some people add butter, others coconut oil, I decided to add agave syrup because I think it’s (psychologically at least) healthier than butter, and sounds nicer than oil.
For this recipe you just need to put chocolate and agave syrup in a bowl, pop the bowl in the microwave and heat for 1 min at a time until all the chocolate has melted. Stir between each round. Then, when all the chocolate is melted, add the cornflakes little by little and fold in with a spatula. I found that using a flexible spatula was easier than a wooden spoon as it is supple and more gentle, it helps not to break the cornflakes. Once all the cornflakes are coated and you don’t have any leftover chocolate, start forming your nests on a sheet of baking paper. Place in the fridge for 1h minimum, then fill with mini eggs and serve.
You can also add some flavouring using caramel syrup, vanilla extract, or orange syrup to give an extra flavor to your nests. You can also use shredded wheat instead of cornflakes for your nests to look more realistic, but like the mini eggs, can’t get my hands on shredded wheat in France, so no luck here…
Homemade Easter Eggs
If no-one can resist shop bought chocolates, especially good quality ones, making your own is so much fun! I never thought I would one day make my own, but when I saw easter chocolate moulds for 1€70 I couldn’t resist…
I chose different fillings for my chocolates:
- chocolate mousse
- red fruit
I wanted to make some marshmallow ones, but I think that calorie-wise it would have been a little too much.
I didn’t try to make my own chocolate base for this recipe, I found one on Pinterest that I will try soon, but didn’t have enough time this time round. So I simply melted 200g of dark baking chocolate, not adding any butter, honey or flavoring as I think the fillings are enough and will to the job.
First of all you need to coat the bottom and sides of your moulds. Then place them in the freezer for 10 min. Add the fillings and cover with more chocolate until the surface is smooth. Don’t forget to tap your moulds lightly against your working surface to chase any air bubbles. I also added colored sprinkles on top to add a bit of colour.
To finish just place your chocolates in your freezer for another hour and you’re done!
If you don’t have any chocolate moulds you can use a silicon ice cube trays.
If you are planning an Easter brunch you might love my healthy Courgette Pancake recipe! I hope you enjoyed this post and these recipes, see you next year for a second edition!
What are you favourite Easter treats?
See you soon, love