Healthier Easter treats to balance out your week: Part 1

Easter can, for some, be a time of great indulgence, with chocolate lurking at every turn. Indulging in some chocolate is all part of the fun, but if you want something a bit healthier, here are some ideas that still embody some of the Easter stuff we love.

Easter Smoothie Bowl

Easter bunny smoothie bowl

Difficulty: easy
Serves 2
Prep time: 10 minutes

For the berry layer:

1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen berries
2 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yoghurt
2 tablespoons raw oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut water

For the bunny layer:

1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon nut butter of choice -  I'm a peanut butter fan (optional)
1 tablespoon oats
1/4 cup low-fat milk

For the bunny’s face:

1 fresh banana for the bunny’s ears 
A smear of nut butter
Blueberries
Strawberries

Method

Blend all the ingredients for the berry layer until smooth and pour the mixture into two bowls.

For the bunny layer, blend all the ingredients until smooth.

Spoon this bunny mixture onto the berry layer in the shape of a circle. If you do it slowly and gently, it should sit on top.

To decorate the bunny’s face, cut the banana to the desired length for ears then slice in half length ways. Smear some nut butter on the middle of each ear and gently position in place.

Pop on blueberries for eyes, and slice a strawberry for a nose and some whiskers.

Easter Eggsicles

Easter egg popsicle
Difficulty: medium
Prep time: 25 minutes
Setting time: 4 hours
Makes: 12
 
Eggicle ingredients:
 
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cup chopped watermelon
1/4 cup low fat plain yoghurt
 
Items:
 
12 lollipop sticks
12 small fillable plastic eggs 
 
Method
 
Blend all the eggsicle ingredients together until nice and smooth.

Taking a very sharp small knife, carefully pierce a round hole in the bottom of each plastic egg and check that the lollipop stick will fit snuggly inside.

With your fruit mix in a bowl, submerge the egg and close the two sides together while submerged. Rinse quickly and pop your lollipop stick in the hole.
 
An egg carton is the perf’egg’t way to store the eggs as you make them, and then you can pop the carton into the freezer until set.
 
To open you may need to run it quickly under warm water, or if you’re more patient hold it in your hands for a minute to loosen.
 
Tip: Using these amounts you could use any combination of fruit you like. You can also omit the yoghurt and just have fruit if you prefer.
 
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