Days like Easter are special and stay in children's memories forever. Eating things like Easter eggs and other treats are such a big part of the day that, personally, I don't worry about it at all. However, it can all easily (!) get a bit out of hand so it can be very helpful to have some healthier, lower sugar alternatives or additions. These recipes are also great for children, like my own son, who can't eat regular shop bought treats due to being dairy or gluten intolerant. These are my favourite healthy options - I love all of them because kids love them, they are pretty good for you and most importantly are simple and don't require too much fathing around - Nobody has time for that on busy family days like Easter!
Chocolate Peanut butter nests
One of my favourite treats from childhood was chocolate rice krispie treats.
This version here from "Joy Food Sunshine" is gluten and dairy free and has a lot less sugar than the ones I used to eat. They also have a good amount of protein in there to help minimise the sugar rush.
These are also perfect for dairy free children as she uses coconut oil as the butter substitute rather than margarine. If you wanted to keep these vegan you could add jelly beans as the 'eggs'. My son is ok with a little bit of dairy so I just use Cadbury's mini eggs.
Easter Egg Lunch Hunt
This recipe here from Glue Stick Blog is brilliant as you can pick whatever foods you know your child will like. You can also try adding some new foods that they might not notice amongst the sea of colour! Using the little plastic eggs as a 'hunt' is a great idea.
Fruit and vegetable Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny Trail Mix
I love this recipe here from My Fussy Eater. It is such a simple idea but one that children will love. You can use any mixture of foods you have to hand and and it is the perfect recipe to get children involved too as they love mixing things up like this.
Fruit cup Easter Chicks
Finally I love this ingenious idea here from the blog No Biggie.
One of those ideas that would be impossible to turn into a Pinterest Fail even for non creative types like myself!
Takes seconds and you have a very cute snack on your hands that would also work for breakfast or lunch too.