“No, we can’t go to the shops. Try making it yourself.”
~ Mum, a million times during the school holidays as we were growing up – PS thanks Mum!
Easter is a wonderful time for holidays, and for making and sharing tasty treats. The following recipes are tried and tested, and very well loved by my family and friends. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced cook – these recipes are EASY, tasty and lots of fun, and there are plenty of ways to get the kids involved too.
Giving home-made treats at Easter is a lovely heart-felt gift. Or, of course, you could just eat them all yourself! I’ve given a range of treats, including some healthy ones and some that are gluten-free. Just click on the link to go directly to the recipe.
I often whip up a batch of these healthy, yummy snacks. Green Goji Bliss Balls are packed full of nutrition, and the lemon gives them a lovely fresh tang. They are vegan and gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.
They are incredibly easy to make, especially if you have a good food processor or blender. If you’re looking for a super-healthy Easter Treat this one works well.
Bounty Bars are one of my favourite chocolates. Ben’s too. They have a creamy coconut centre covered in chocolate. Who can resist that kind of flavour combo? But they are full of sugar, so I decided to have a play around in the kitchen and see what else I could come up with that might be a bit healthier.
This version is refined sugar-free, and can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free or vegan depending on what kind of chocolate you use.
In our household we call these little treasures yummy ‘uglies’. They may not be the prettiest treats, but the taste more than makes up for it. Walnut and dark chocolate is a heavenly combination, made even better with coconut, and they are quick to whip up.
A variation of a macaroon, these Bites are gluten-free and can also be sugar-free, so they are great for diabetics and people with food intolerances or following a paleo diet.
A few years ago a friend gave me a recipe she uses to make commercial quantities of fudge for a fudge house. I couldn’t believe how simple it was, or how great it turned out. And it only takes five minutes.
I make this often for street stalls, gifts and bribes. It may be a cheater’s kind of fudge but it is every kind of delicious. It will be one of the things in my Easter Basket presents for loved ones this year. Sorry, this one is FULL of dairy and sugar. But as an occasional treat it’s just grand!
Homemade marshmallow is the yummiest, fluffiest thing. Easy and inexpensive too. The recipe will make the sort of standard coconut-covered marshmallows most people know, but it can also be used in moulds to make cool shapes. At Easter, marshmallow eggs or bunnies are very appropriate, and make delicious gifts.
A while ago a friend and I were throwing around ideas for an Easter Dessert. We wanted something decadent but easy to make – one that was seasonal and delicious and a bit over-the-top.
Welcome to the Cadbury Creme Egg and Salted Caramel White Chocolate Cheesecake.
No. Really. It’s a thing.
A once-a-year thing, or perhaps even a once-a-decade, because it’s sweet and rich.
This cheesecake has a few steps but it is completely easy to make. And yum. Oh, so yum! It’s a white chocolate no-bake cheesecake with a bottom layer of gooey salted caramel, with nuggets of Cadbury Creme Egg and pockets of more caramel strewn throughout, and topped with more large Cadbury Creme Eggs and drizzles of white and dark chocolate. Please, don’t ask me to make this one sugar-free, dairy-free etc. Sometimes you just have to face the fact that a treat is a treat. This one won’t work with healthy substitutions.
I encourage you to give these recipes a try. Hopefully some of them will become an Easter Tradition in your household too.
Much love to you, and happy baking, ♥ Nicole xx