There is a particular energy that happens around Easter time. I am not sure if it is the excitement of the easter bunny or the fact that there is a radical increase in the amount of chocolate and sugar that is being consumed.
When I was a kid I loved easter because it meant school holidays and easter sunday was a free pass to eat chocolate all day. It was like the calories didn't count. Now, I love easter because Good Friday has always been a family day. My family will gather together and have a meal, chat, catch up and relax for a few hours.
For the past 10 years or so people have racked there brains as to what to get me for easter. Purely for the fact that they know I don't really eat chocolate. A combination of trying to be healthy and also not being overly excited about the taste of chocolate (more a savoury gal). While I am appreciative that people know me well enough not to buy me some Cadbury's chocolate I am super happy when my family think outside the square a little. So if you have someone in your family that is trying not to eat chocolate this easter or doesn't like it, this little recipe is going to help you out. Trust me, the person you are giving them to will really appreciate the fact that you have thought about there needs and come up with a healthy alternative.
Date and Coconut Easter Eggs
1 cup dates - soaked to soften for 30 minutes
3 Tbsp coconut flakes
1. Using a food processor add dates and coconut. Blitz until it forms a paste. Stop ever 30 seconds and push down the ingredients stuck to the sides. Takes approximately 3 minutes depending on your processor.
2. Wet your hands and pick up a small amount of ingredients and push into easter moulds. If you don't have moulds you can roll into egg like shapes.
3. Put in freezer for 1 hour
4. Remove and pull out of moulds.
5. Store in fridge
Serves - 10 good sized eggs.
So now that I have helped out the easter bunny and ensured that all his customers are satisfied I feel I also need to shed some light on what I do when I go to a family functions and know that the rest of the crew aren't gluten or grain free. Simple solution, bring something that you will enjoy eating.
I love Dips. I love being able to go back over and over again and dip (not double dipping of course). I am not going to lye to you, I used to love the big cobb loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with corn relish. These days I go for something slightly different. I love to cut up carrots, cucumber and red capsicum and dip to my hearts content.
Trying to find healthy dip alternatives can be a bit tricky. So i make them myself and its so much more satisfying. So when heading off to your Easter gatherings this weekend give these a try.
Sweet Potato, Coriander and Chilli Dip
400g sweet potato (1 medium sized) - peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp coriander
1 Tbsp gluten free sweet chilli sauce (this Thr1ve sauce is delicious)
Pinch of salt
1. Place peeled sweet potato in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until soft. My microwave takes at least 12 minute.
2. Add sweet potato, coriander, sweet chilli sauce to the food processor and blitz until smooth. Add 1 Tbsp of water to make it thinner. Feel free to add some more if you think its too thick.
3. Transfer into a bowl and add a pinch of salt and stir through with a fork.
4. Put bowl in fridge for 30 minutes until ready to serve with a variety of chopped veggies.
Pumpkin, Avocado and Chive Dip
A sweet, creamy dip with a nice hint of garlic.
500g pumpkin chopped
1 Tbsp chives
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a tray with baking paper.
2. Place chopped pumpkin on tray. Spray with coconut oil and bake for 45min until soft. Allow to cool.
2. Add pumpkin, chives and avocado into food processor and blitz until smooth.
3. Transfer pumpkin mix into a bowl and add garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Stir through.
4. Place in fridge for 30 minutes until ready to serve.
I hope you have a fantastic Easter and the easter bunny is good to you (especially with the date and coconut eggs). Take some time to relax and enjoy your families and friends. I know I will be trying to.
What do you most look forward to at Easter?