I LOVE Easter and all of the fun that comes around this time of year with kids and children. The weather is (supposedly) getting warmer, the days are longer and there’s plenty of delicious food to be enjoyed!
In this blog, I’m sharing four simple family and baby-friendly Easter recipes for you to enjoy. A mix of sweet and savoury, but all super simple – I hope you and your family enjoy them!
Don’t forget to check out my other Easter recipes including my healthy easter biscuits, my simple easter egg recipe and my carrot cake hot cross buns. I also have a blog all about Easter activities for the kids that AREN’T related to food, so do check that out for some fab ideas!
1. Bunny Oatcakes
These super-easy oatcakes are made just from oats, a little oil and water – that’s it! You just pop everything in a food processor, whizz for a minute and then roll out and cut out your bunny shapes. Don’t forget to roll out the shapes on baking parchment so that you can easily transfer them to a baking tray. You cook them on the baking parchment on the tray so no need even to grease the tray either. These are completely fuss-free and lovely spread with a little nut butter.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
- 85g oats
- ½ tbsp sunflower oil
- 3 tbsp boiling water from the kettle
- Heat the oven to 180C/160 fan/gas mark 4. Add the oats to a food processor and blend for a second until fine. Add the oil and water and blend again until the mixture starts to come away in a ball.
- Form a ball of dough with your hands and roll it out on a sheet of baking parchment to about the thickness of a £1 coin (no need to add extra flour). Cut out bunny shapes with a cutter and reroll the rest of the dough in the parchment.
- Transfer the shapes, still on the parchment to a baking tray and bake in the oven on the parchment-covered tray for 25 minutes. They will firm up but not take on any colour. Cool on the tray and then serve spread with peanut butter or mashed avocado
2. Thick Chocolate Milk
This recipe is probably for the older children and is a healthier version of a chocolate milkshake. This chocolate milk gives your little ones a taste of Easter chocolate without all the extra sugar. The recipe makes a lovely and thick ‘milkshake’-like smoothie but you can vary the thickness by adding a little extra milk if you think your kids will prefer it that way. The recipe is easily scaled up to make more than one.
Prep: 3 minutes
- 1 banana
- 30g oats
- 120ml milk (any kind)
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cocoa
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Blend all the ingredients together and serve. Add a splash more milk to loosen, if preferred.
3. Carrot and Avo Pots
Not all Easter bunnies bring chocolate – some can bring carrots, too! Pack a pot of mashed avocado with some carrot sticks and pop on a lid to take out and about with you over Easter. You can make these pots baby-friendly by steaming the carrots until super soft or just offer raw to older children who have better bite and eating skills.
Prep: 3 minutes
Makes: 2 pots
- 1 carrot
- 1 avocado
- A squeeze of lime
- Peel the carrot and slice into sticks.
- Steam until very soft for babies and younger toddler or leave uncooked for older children.
- Mash the avocado with a squeeze of lime.
- Pack into pots for a snack on-the-go, or serve as part of an Easter-themed lunch.
4. Easter Chocolate crispie cakes
These crispie cakes have been a family favourite of mine since I can remember. For ages I wanted to try and create some without the added sugar (syrup or honey usually), but you really need that to glue them together and make them stick. However, I’ve found a way using only dates for sweetness, which actually doesn’t alter the flavour of these so they are just as delicious as always. I’ve used dates to sweeten (which add some extra nutrients too) and I’ve added some seeds to add more crunch and nutrients too. I also use Bran Flakes as the main crunch in this – they are a little higher in sugar than cornflakes, but also contain more fibre and less salt. I also love the texture and crunch they add. They’re also fortified, too.
Prep: 10 minutes + setting in the fridge
Makes: about 10
- 50g dates, pitted
- 2-3 tbsp warm water
- 15g sesame seeds (or use 5g chia seeds)
- 25g butter
- 150g dark chocolate
- 150g bran flakes
- Line a cupcake tin with cases. Blend the dates and water together, adding enough water to get a smooth paste.
- Add to a pan with all the other ingredients and gently melt together.
- Stir to combine and then spoon into cases and pop in the fridge to set.
I really hope you enjoy making these with your family this Easter. Please do share any photos you take with me on Instagram and use the #SRNutritionEasterRecipes as I love to see you enjoying these recipes!
If you’d like some more healthy treats to make for the kids over Easter, try my sweet low-sugar recipes!