How about preparing for Easter this year by organising some simple, creative projects at home?
Not only will they be great entertainment and fun during the Easter holidays, they could also provide some fantastic gifts.
These projects will equip you with some fantastic Easter-inspired ideas. And they won’t be full of all the high sugar, highly packaged and highly priced Easter crafts and gifts out there in the shops.
A DIY Chocolate Easter
There is a fair amount of chocolate to contend with over Easter.
It can make you feel a little anxious about the quantity of sweet stuff you and your family are consuming over this busy time. Many of us think “hmm, we’ve only just cleared out the treats from Christmas,” when relatives arrive loaded up.
These two recipes are the “healthy alternatives” to classic treats we find at Easter. These “chocolate cornflake nests” that we all know and love, have had a little makeover and in fact, they don’t even use cornflakes!
Chocolate Energy Nests
These are a chewy, healthier version of the well-known Easter treats. They will provide some great energy for the whole family.
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp peanut butter, no added sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup jumbo oats
A few “Mini Eggs” for decoration
- Heat the oil and peanut butter together in a saucepan, until runny and smooth. Stir in the honey and cocoa powder and then add the coconut flakes and oats.
- When well combined, press into 9 cupcake cases or muffin moulds. Add a couple of “eggs” to each nest and place in the fridge to set for at least an hour.
Dark Chocolate Easter Bark
This recipe could be used for anytime of the year really, and you could add whatever topping you want.
You might be surprised how easy it is to make your own chocolate at home. Plus, you can add as much or as little sugar as you like depending on your palate.
Chocolate does have a reputation of being unhealthy. But that tends to be the high sugar, milk chocolate varieties that many of us have been brought up on.
Developing a new taste for healthier chocolate is good for children (and adults). Not only can we enjoy the taste but the health benefits of chocolate, without indulging in too much sugar.
The darker the chocolate, the more cocoa solids there are, and this is what gives it a “bitter” taste. Small quantities of this can provide some great plant nutrition. You can always add some natural sweeteners to suit your personal taste when making your own.
The raw cocoa butter drops and raw cacao (liquor) drops for this recipe can be found widely available online. A small pack of each left in the cupboard for a “rainy day” project, is worth a little investment.
100g raw cacao (liquor) drops
50g raw cocoa butter drops
2 tbsp maple syrup/agave syrup
Toppings such as: Goji Berries, dried ginger/pineapple, marshmallows, nuts, seeds, other dried fruits, spices.
- Melt the liquor and butter drops together in a small bowl over a pan of simmering water. When liquid, add the syrup and mix well.
- Line a tray with a sheet of baking paper. Tip the chocolate liquid on to the tray in one big blob.
- Sprinkle with whatever toppings you want, healthy or unhealthy!
- Place in the freezer for an hour to set.
- Snap into pieces and give out as gifts or eat yourself.
- Store in the fridge.
You could use any number of moulds for this recipe and have something seasonal for all year round.
A DIY Non-Chocolate Easter (Yep, it Can Exist!)
How about a bit of DIY Easter fun for those who don’t like chocolate? Or maybe you just fancy a change? These two Bunny Tail Recipes will have you hopping about in no time!
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp honey
6 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp hemp seeds
3-4 tbsp desiccated coconut
- Stir the ingredients together, but leave the desiccated coconut on a plate.
- Form 9 little balls and roll in the coconut.
- Put into little bags and make some Easter themed “Bunny Tail” labels.
Frozen Bunny Tails
- Use the same recipe above, but instead of rolling in coconut, cover in 3-4 tbsp Greek yoghurt.
- Place on small lined baking tray and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
- Eat straight from the freezer when you need a bunny boost!
Here’s an easy treat.
Pop some natural popcorn and drizzle over a little coloured icing sugar and add some mini marshmallows. They look really pretty and are a great touch to an Easter table.
A Fun Holiday Filled with Crafty DIY Easter Treats!
When the children are off school and looking for things to do, some Easter Craft Projects are a great way to keep them entertained.
Using items from the recycle bin encourages good attitudes around our packaging issues in the UK. Have a look through the items you use a lot of and see if you can give them a new lease on life. Glass jars are a great reusable item and make the perfect vessel for a gift.
Instead of splashing out on large, over packaged eggs, think of alternatives you can make. How about filling sterilised jars with mini eggs, Smarties, chocolate drops, sweets or marshmallows? Children can spend time decorating labels and using stickers to add to the jars; the perfect gift is born!
How about using some old wrapping paper, or other coloured paper to make this book lovers Easter gift?
Easter Butterfly Bags
Simple plastic bags and pipe cleaners can make a great “Butterfly” sweet gift bag…
Making your own Easter treats, using healthier chocolate options can help kids (and playful adults!) make healthier choices.
Children are always drawn to brightly coloured edibles, but these don’t always have to be full of sugar. Find different coloured fruits and naturally coloured packets of sweets when you can. Besides being great fun, making gifts at home uses less packaging – even less so if you use items from the recycling bin.
Have fun and Happy Easter!