Well, the Easter Round Up of Healthy Treats including (Healthy Candy and Candy Alternatives) was just so much fun to put together.
I really was overwhelmed by all of the creativity out there.
So overwhelmed, in fact, that I just couldn't help myself and ended up adding even more treats to the mix.
Wait 'til you see the new healthy yummy treats that I've added for you today.
I know that I, for sure, am going to be storing these great ideas for use in the future.
They'd be great not only for Easter, but all year round. (Like for my husband's birthday, which is this week).
I'm sharing a little preview to “whet your appetite further” for some yummy, healthy Easter ideas, but also some ingredient substitutions since I know that a lot of my readers are on special diets (like we are).
Here are some preview photos of what you'll find when you hop on over (yes, pun intended) to my post on Healthy Easter Treats Galore (chocolate included!).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Delights
Chocolate Cake Easter Pops
Coconut Citrus White Fudge
To help you all out while you're perusing these great recipes, here are some ingredient substitution ideas to make adapting these fabulous recipes easier for you and your family.
1. Sweeteners: If sugar is called for, just use the healthiest option available to you. See my post on Substituting Sweeteners in Cooking and Baking.
2. Cocoa Powder: If you are trying to avoid caffeine and the recipe calls for cocoa powder, try substituting carob powder. I prefer a roasted carob.
3. Chocolate / Chocolate Chips: If the recipe calls for a chocolate bar or chocolate chips, try substituting my Homemade Chocolate Carob Bar or Homemade Carob Chips. If the weather is warm where you are, the chocolate coating may not hold up well out of the fridge. Try using cocoa butter instead of the coconut oil for better results. I'll be updating my recipes in due time!
4. Nuts, Seeds and Butters. If recipe calls for a nut butter or nuts that you can't have, just substitute another nut, seed, or butter in its place. Our favorite for all recipes is almond butter. Here's my post on making Homemade Nut or Seed Butter. I tend to use pumpkin seed butter if I am going to be adding carob powder to it since the carob covers up the slightly bitter flavor of the pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds, by the way, are one seed that is high in zinc (almost all nuts are deficient in it) so we really like to add them to our diet whenever we can.
6. Powdered Sugar: Follow the directions in my MYO Powdered Sugar / Powdered Sugar Substitute post.
7. Eggs: Here is my recipe for Powdered Egg Replacer (like the boxed Ener-G Brand).
I'll have to work on a future post with more substitutions, but I hope this gives you a good start!
I truly hope that this list and the creative genius of these great bloggers gives you inspiration to make your Easter Celebration just a little more joyous and a whole lot more healthy.
Do you have special plans for Easter this year?