Ah, Easter. The beloved holiday by all children who eagerly look forward to waking up to a basketful of brightly colored “grass,” chocolate bunnies, and pastel colored eggs filled with yet more chocolate and candy. For the average person, Easter is a no-big, a no-brainer. You go to your local Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, or wherever, and pick up a bunch of chocolate and candy, baskets, and fake grass, assemble it at home, and put it out when the children are sleeping.
In the Paleo-world, holidays such as Easter can prove a bit trickier. Finding chocolate bunnies and pre-wrapped candy that is devoid of GMOs, white sugar, artificial colors, flavors, and a whole other host of ingredients that can’t be pronounced or associated with nature, can prove to be just as easy as spotting the REAL Easter Bunny himself putting out baskets of candy in your home.
I am aware that there are a few brands now that offer “Organic” candy like lollipops, jelly beans, and gummy worms, etc. But even these do NOT fall into the Paleo category, as they are still extremely high in white sugar, contain “natural flavors,” as well as other unhealthy oils like sunflower/safflower oil. If you are not die-hard Primal, you may be willing to turn the other cheek and make a once-a-year allowance of indulgence in these “safer” candies. And there’s no judgements there; sometimes convenience outweighs other priorities, I get that.
But if you just aren’t willing to give in to the organic, rainbow processed candies, there’s no harm there either. For those of you that want to go a bit more homemade, (and be SURE of what exactly is going into your children’s bodies,) here’s a mashup of a few Paleo-friendly Easter treats I found from some awesome Primal bloggers! Some you can choose to stuff in your child’s Easter basket, and others you can opt to save for desert if you wish as well!
Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, as I have also included other ideas for Easter basket goodies as well!
If you decide to forgo most traditional processed candy and chocolate on Easter, you have to at least have the chocolate bunny. It’s not as hard as you may think to make one homemade. This recipe for homemade Easter chocolate can easily be used in any kind of Easter bunny or Easter chocolate mold. Simply pour the homemade chocolate, and refrigerate or freeze overnight. Then wake up early the next morning, gingerly wrap in cellophane, and place in the Easter basket before your child wakes up! Yes, it may be a little extra work – but it doesn’t make you feel like the Supermom you already are, knowing your kid is getting a happy Easter, AND is getting the benefits of nourishing sweet ingredients like coconut oil and raw cacao? (Note: This recipe calls for no sweetener, but you CAN add raw honey, maple syrup, or stevia for a sweet delight!)
I’m sure that when you think back to your childhood Easter days, you would be remiss to forget the Cadbury Eggs. While they were never my personal favorite, they resonate in nearly everyone’s mind with celebrating the holiday. These caramel-filled Easter eggs are not only Paleo friendly, they are kid-friendly as well! Head on over to Our Paleo Life to snag this delicious recipe just in time for Easter.
Double.Decker.Carrot.Cupcakes. I can remember as a child my grandmother always bringing those carrot cakes with the cream cheese frosting topped with fake little carrots. Carrot cake was not my favorite; but I did adore the frosting. For some reason, the idea of a Paleo carrot cake or cupcake seems much more appealing to me now than it ever did as a child. I have never made carrot cupcakes before, but this recipe might just make try it, and you should too! This recipe is actually full of a healthy dose of real veggies, so you can feel good giving it to your family knowing there are no fake sugared carrots here.
Lemon bars are synonymous with spring. They are light, fluffy, and full of oohey-gooey yumminess. (At least, that’s what my #PrimalKidz tell me!) Traditional lemon bars consist of artificial lemon flavors, lots of white sugar, flour, and other goodness-knows-whatness. You can be rest assured that these Paleo Lemon Bars by Delightful Mama contain none of that ickiness. Instead, they are full of nutritious ingredients like almonds, eggs, honey, and real lemon – a perfect treat that satiates, satisfies, and best of all, nourishes!
Wait, I know what you are thinking, another carrot cake recipe? Now before you go hopping off all irritated, just remember something: this is EASTER we’re talking about here! It’s all about the kids..and the bunnies. And bunnies like carrots. And if you aren’t a fan of carrots and cupcakes, I can promise you, you will be a fan of carrots and cookies – especially when it’s paired with a decadent vanilla maple frosting! You don’t have to worry about a sugar crash either..because these cookies are the most nutrient dense cookies you will ever sink your teeth into on Easter.
Who says Easter has to be hard? This recipe for raw chocolate easter egg nests is as easy as it gets. While the ingredients may go by UK measurements, she does note at the bottom of the recipe not to get too hung up on the preciseness of the ingredients; a handful of each of the nuts/seeds will be enough to create these wonderful and yummy looking treats that will be sure to have your little one hopping for joy!
Now that you’ve read about some yummy homemade treats that can be either carefully placed in an Easter basket, or saved for a delectable Easter desert, here are some of my own, personal ideas for Easter Basket stuffers:
- There are a few packaged Paleo goodies that your kids would love to find in their baskets! Some of my favorites include: chocolate chip cookies by WB Kitchen, Almond and Sea Salt Chocolate Bar by Eating Evolved, or these Wonderfully Raw, Organic Vanilla Maple Coco-Roons.
- Many times parents (and kids) tend to focus on the sweet-tooth side of Easter, but there are so many other things you can use besides candy and chocolate! Venture out to your local Wal-Mart and peruse the Easter section you just can’t miss walking in. This area is generally loaded with $1-3 goodies that any child would adore. Examples of fun basket stuffers include: pens, pencils with cute erasers, note pads, coloring books, bubbles, colorful bracelets and rings, mini-pinball games, glowsticks, balloons, and much more!
- A giant stuffed Easter bunny! (Or a mini one too).
- A new soft blanket if you have little ones.
- Make a fun Easter egg hunt by placing a few plastic eggs filled with coins in your child’s basket, then strategically hide them around the rest of the house, outside on your lawn, in your car, or wherever! Fill all of them up with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, and then fill just ONE egg with a $1, 5, or heck even $10 or $20 bill. This is something my extended family does every year, and it is always a blast watching them squeal with excitement when they find the “golden” egg filled with real cash!
There you have it! You have no excuse to not be prepared for a healthy and delicious Easter now – so go ahead and start planning your your happy, healthy, Easter holiday!
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