The question is:
What are you filling your kids easter baskets with????
Will my kids be waking up to a basket of fruit?
I actually received fruit in my Easter basket one year growing up….I don’t know what my parents were thinking…they had all kinds of candy in there and then added an apple and an orange….I remember being very unimpressed and even a little disappointed.
Well, I would LOVE it if my kids got so excited over fruit that if I filled a basket with it they would jump for joy…..but they have access to TONS of fruits and veggies at their fingertips everyday.
They can eat whatever they want off of this nook at any time of day without asking……
so why would this be exciting??
To answer the question…..
my children’s baskets will not be filled with fruit or veggies this year…..
I am actually planning on buying each of them a cute little “stuffy” (this is what they call stuffed animals),
they will each receive an educational book, and probably a game, puzzle, kite, bubbles, etc.
instead of buying into the chemically processed, highly dyed, trans fat laden bags of junk – I am making homemade treats to place into their little baskets!!!!
I spent an hour this evening after my 2 lovelies went to sleep making little treats for their baskets…..
First, I started with this 100% dairy free chocolate-remember my little guy has allergies to dairy!
I broke it into pieces…
and then melted it over a double broiler. Next I poured a small amount of chocolate into these little mini cupcake holders and placed them in the freezer for about 2 minutes until they had hardened.
Next, I got to work on the filling!!!
My son is also allergic to nuts-so we use Sunflower seed butter in place of peanut butter.
I took some of the sunflower seed butter and mixed it with some gluten free flour and some organic cane sugar.
I did not measure any of the ingredients-I was aiming for the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups consistency though.
Next, I had to roll them into tiny little balls….
and then I placed them into the little holders.
Then I poured more chocolate over the tops…..
and back in the freezer they went.
I had to taste test
They were so delicious!!!!!!!!
My husband even taste tested one and said they were “SERIOUS!!!!!”
So, I bagged them up and hid them in the fridge!!!
Next, I started on some caramel treats……
I placed melted chocolate into half egg shaped molds making sure to coat the sides evenly….
while those set up in the freezer I worked on the caramel….
did you know that dates make a great caramel substitute???
I soaked my dates in almond milk for about a half hour…
I added a dash of salt and some vanilla and blended on high for a good minute or two….
I poured some caramel into my molds…
Then I topped it with more melted chocolate.
Back in the freezer they went and soon I had these……
One accidentally broke……
The caramel was creamy and it kind of reminded me of those cadbury eggs with the “yolk” inside….
except much, much yummier…..:)
So, these are the treats my kids will be finding in their baskets this year-I wouldn’t go as far as saying these are healthy and I am sure there are a ton of better options than this.
However, I make it a point to feed my children fruits and veggies every single day of their lives and I don’t feel guilty making special treats for them once in awhile-especially on a holiday!
What is your opinion on this?
What are your kids getting in their baskets??
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