You want to see your children’s eyes light up when they see their Easter baskets, but you don’t want them to gorge on artificial trash that electrifies them with hyperactivity. Let’s avoid the temper tantrum to follow when the high fructose corn syrup wears off. Yet don’t be like the neighbor who hands out plain apples to the trick-or-treaters at Halloween. Nobody likes that guy. (Well, none of the kids.)
Adults, you can try some of our delicious dessert recipes you’d never know are healthy as well as our Easter page for everything you need to know that’s sweet and savory for this spring holiday.
For your kids’ Easter baskets, you can still create a healthyish stockpile. Delight your children without junk food using some of these ideas.
1. Chocolate-Covered Fruit
Strawberries draped in chocolate are not just for lovers around Valentine’s Day. Give them to children, along with sliced bananas covered in chocolate, frozen or refrigerated. Get the recipe. Try it with other fruit too. And be careful about melting.
The Easter Bunny likes them, right? Right? A few of these stuck in the basket is a fun, totally on-theme idea. But please put some more traditional sweets in there too. And consider carrots in an alternative way. Get our Carrot Chips recipe.
3. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Those eggs that you hunt for during Easter? Why not include some in the basket. Make sure they’re painted all pretty. Here’s how to make the perfect hard boiled egg.
4. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa is one of the best sources of antioxidants. Kids might find it too bitter, but you can try. Or at least, the darker, the better. Find high-quality chocolate rather than the most prevalent cheap, cloying milk chocolate brands.
5. Homemade Nut Butter-Chocolate Eggs
These sorta egg-shaped almond-butter filled chocolate treats are a riff on Reese’s peanut butter cups. Make it more nut butter than chocolate, and they might not even notice. Get the recipe.
6. Filled Plastic Eggs
Fill them with dried fruit, chocolate-covered almonds and raisins, cocoa-dusted nuts, trail mix, and granola. You could try our Nutty Trail Mix recipe.
7. Alternative Chocolates
Make chocolate-y treats with cocoa, cacao nibs, and carob. These “Almond Joy” Bars look pretty awesome. Get the recipe.
8. Chocolate-Covered Nuts
A couple of these in your basket, and you’ll squeal with pleasure, no matter how old you are. Get some protein, fiber, and healthy fat along with a bit of chocolate when you combine it with nuts. Get our Chocolate Covered Nut Jobs recipe.
9. Sour Candy
Vary up your kids’ Easter basket with some sour candies, but not the artificial, sugary Sour Patch Kids or similar store-bought item. Make these no-sugar sour fruit candies using fruit juice, gelatin, and coconut nectar. Get the recipe.