1. Instead of traditional candy, why not add fun stickers, stuffed animals, craft kits, sunglasses, hair bows, washable markers or paints, bubbles, board games or sidewalk chalk to your kids’ baskets? Try shopping at a dollar store or the $1 bins at Target for some unusual and inexpensive items that your kids will love!
2. Create a theme basket perfect for your child’s interests! Does your child love sports? Why not purchase tickets to a sporting event or a new piece of equipment? Does your child love gardening? Add some seeds and gloves to the basket. Or if you have a little dancer, add some adorable dance items. Not only will it be a healthier basket, your child will also be able to appreciate the items longer than just Easter Sunday!
3. If you really want to add a few sweet treats to your healthy Easter baskets, look for organic and natural candies and chocolates. (Our family loves Yummy Earth!) Or how about cut fun shapes out of fresh fruit and add to a sucker stick to decorate the basket? (We usually use melons and berries and keep in the fridge until Easter morning!)
Or how about make your own candy as a family!
Here’s a great recipe we found for homemade Peanut Butter Cups:
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp powdered Stevia
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- Mini cupcake liners
- Small, clean paint brush
- In a double boiler, heat chocolate chips until melted. In a separate bowl, stir together the peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and Stevia. Then add the oat flour slowly while stirring.
- Stir the melted chocolate. When it is melted and shiny, you can begin making the candy.
- Use your paintbrush to paint the bottom and sides of your candy mold. Make sure you cover the bottom of the liner completely.
- Place your chocolate-painted cupcake liners in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Then remove them and begin filling it with your sweet peanut butter mixture, being sure to leave at least ½” in the top. The rest of your melted chocolate can remain on the stove this entire time.
- Once the peanut butter layer has set up in the freezer, pull it out to add your final layer. Cool again before popping out of the liners and eating!
(Recipe adapted from here.)
Here are a few other great vegan recipes to try: Vegan Dessert: Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Crisp Balls
How do you plan on creating a healthy Easter baskets?