Easter is the perfect time for treats and a few extra indulgences… often of the chocolate variety!
But it’s also a nice opportunity to get creative with healthier ways to indulge. The Easter classics such as hot cross buns and colourful candies can all get a revamp.
I made these soft bake hot cross cookies for my blog last year and they were a big hit… a cross between a cookie and a bun, without all the fuss of making buns. Using coconut butter on top gives a health twist to a sugary iced cookie too.
Hot cross cookies
Makes approx. 6-8 cookies
1/4 cup (50g) coconut oil, melted
1 medium (approx 90g) mashed banana
1 tablespoon (7g) flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons (45g) hot water
1/4 cup (50g) coconut sugar
1 cup (150g) wholemeal spelt flour
1/2 (2g) teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 (6g) teaspoons baking powder
Approx 1/2 cup (50g) mix of raisins/currants or dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon (15g) sugar free marmalade, melted
2 tablespoons (30g) coconut butter, melted (note: coconut butter not oil for a white cross!)
In a large bowl beat the coconut oil, sugar, flax mix and banana together until soft, fluffy and well blended. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix into the wet batter to create a soft thick dough adding the dried fruit/chocolate in the final strokes.
Using your hands, roll golf ball sized dollops of batter into balls and press down on to a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 180ºC/360ºF. Leave the cookies on the tray and allow to cool slightly before glazing the tops with the runny marmalade and piping crosses with the melted coconut butter.
Store in an airtight container. Best eaten within 3 days.
Nutrition per serving: (based on making 8 cookies using dried fruit)
Calories: 196, Carbs: 27.5g, Fibre: 3.4g, Net Carbs: 24.1g, Protein, 2.8g, Fat: 9.8g
Want more Easter inspiration?
Easter is all about getting creative with bright colours too…. give the recipes below a try over the holiday period. Perfect for a post workout treat or to tempt the kids?
Happy Easter Smoothie by Kathy at Healthy Happy Life…. a beautiful rainbow of fruity colours!
Fruity Peeps by Feasting on Fruit …. made with dates, oats and an array of bright superfood powders!
Lastly, for the raw foodies amongst you, why not try these Raw Easter Carrot Cakes by Unconventional Baker… vegan, paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free, SCD and AIP. What more could you need? P.s the frosting alone looks divine!