Yes, that’s right! This year (with two children aged 5 and 2) we are going sugar-free.
9 months ago we made the decision to switch our family over to a low carb, unprocessed diet and Easter will be no exception.
Last Easter we sat with store bought eggs in our cupboards for months afterwards which we eventually threw out anyway, and as long as they sat there, we were fighting the battle of trying to limit our kids intake and constantly telling them why they couldn’t have ‘just one more’.
So in many ways, going sugar free this year has been much easier than what previous years have been.
We haven’t had sugared treats in our house for months now so the girls are well accustomed to the idea – While Easter has never been about the chocolate for us I think Tai (5 years old) was a little perplexed as to how Easter was actually going to work this year. I have simply assured her that we do have a plan in place and she’s been quite happy to accept that. It’s actually been really nice for us as she hasn’t anticipated the great accumulation of chocolate eggs at all and we’ve really been able to properly chat about the meaning of Easter.
I don’t believe that Easter is a time to lavish our children with gifts so I’ve chosen a couple of very practical but fun alternatives to chocolate for this weekend.
My girls will wake-up to new pjs a winter gown and slippers hanging in the trees of our garden this year. They will also get a fluffy bunny to cuddle and a fun plastic tumbler to make their water more easily accessible to them.
In truth, the Easter hunt at home was really the easiest one to change – it’s the outside gatherings that I expect to be a bit more of a challenge.
For these I have sourced a couple of sugar-free Easter eggs to use as replacements (you can find these at various health stores), we have made low carb cupcakes and for the family members who have asked what they can get for the girls, I have requested things like art supplies, bubble bath, stickers, hair clips and socks – which I am sure will be even more cost effective for them than the ridiculous price of the chocolate eggs this year.
I’ve seen a couple of moms who have managed to get their hands on some hollow plastic eggs which are great for filling with non-sugared surprises. (please comment below if you know where in Joburg I can find some of these). Some moms have taken advantage of Lush South Africa’s awesome Easter treats and others are hiding books all over their garden on Sunday morning – there really are so many options to choose from and so many ways that we can forgo chocolate all together this Sunday morning.
And so, just 3 days before the big hunt, I’ll leave you with this awesome homemade Almond Butter easter egg recipe for inspiration. I promise it will be well enjoyed. Have a beautiful and safe weekend with your loved ones 🙂
Almond Butter Easter Eggs
- 3/4 cups raw almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 5ml vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid xylitol
- easter egg chocolate mould
- 1 Cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Heat almond butter and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix well until fully combined.
Stir in vanilla extract and xylitol (taste and adjust if needed)
Pour mixture into egg moulds and freeze for one hour.
Remove from mould and set aside.
Make chocolate coating by melting chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave. Stir until smooth.
Pour melted chocolate into moulds until they are half full. Then drop your frozen filling back into the mould to coat it.
Gently pour chocolate over the top to coat the eggs completely.
Store in the refrigerator.