Easter is almost upon us and if you’re anything like me you’ll be looking forward to a few chocolatey treats! Which is all well and good, but there is such a thing as too many treats… or so we’re told! When it comes to the little ones too much sugar can spell disaster when it comes to temper tantrums and settling down to sleep, so what can we do when the world seems intent on feeding us so much chocolate? Well never fear, help is here! Here are our top five super healthy Easter treats for toddlers. Enjoy!
Boiled eggs and soldiers
Who said Easter eggs have to be made from chocolate? Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and what better way to enjoy them than with some toasty soldiers spread with butter? A simple yet delicious treat. And if you have little ones that like to get crafty, why not set them to making their own egg holders too? All you need is strips of strong card, scissors and sellotape. Get your little one to decorate the strips of card, then bend into a round shape, just big enough to hold an egg and secure with tape. Easy peasy!
Egg carton snacks
Meals are always a lot more fun when they’re not served on boring plates! Next time you use up a carton of eggs, set it to one side and fill it with snacks for your toddler. Things like raisins, dried fruit, cheerios and grapes are great to use, and will encourage your toddler’s fine motor skills too.
Easter bunny pancakes
Pancakes are another great snack idea for toddlers, and if you use coconut flour they can be even healthier! Now we’re not suggesting you craft your pancake into the shape of a bunny in the pan (unless you’re really crafty!) but you can make a bunny really easily once the pancakes are cooked. Simply use one for the bunny’s face, and then cut the ears from another. Use grapes or raisins for the eyes and strawberries for the mouth. Super simple and very tasty!
Here’s our favourite coconut pancake recipe:
- 3 eggs
- quarter of a cup of coconut flour
- quarter of a cup of milk
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- half a teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together and fry in batches over a medium heat, using olive oil. Delicious!
Chocolate dipped fruit
So a little chocolate is more than ok at Easter! And after all a little of what we fancy never does us any harm at all. If you have some bananas and strawberries at home then some chocolate to dip them into is always going to go down well! If you’re really not keen on serving up shop bought chocolate then you can always make your own, healthier version instead. All you need is:
- 40g coconut oil, melted
- 25g cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
Mix all the ingredients together, adding a little coconut milk if you prefer a slightly less dark chocolate. Add more or less maple syrup depending on how sweet you prefer it. Voila!
Your toddler can help you to melt the chocolate too, giving them a quick science lesson at the same time. Talk about why the chocolate melts, and how it goes from solid to liquid when we apply heat. And then enjoy!
A healthy Easter egg hunt
Fill plastic egg shapes with various healthy treats and hide them around the garden for your toddler to seek out! Its a fun way to encourage your toddler to get active, and you are in control of what goes inside too. Win win! Some great ideas for snacks to fill the eggs:
• cubes of cheese
• cubes of ham
• dried fruit