Holidays like Easter can be nothing short of frustrating for parents who try to provide healthier and more sustainable food options to their children. Most children look forward to that basket full of Easter treats that are most often high-fructose syrup laden sugar bombs, filled with GMOs, FD&C Red 40 dye and who knows what else. It's a challenge for parents who want to guide their children into making healthier and more sustainable food choices. It’s also a nightmare for many families dealing with food allergies and dietary restrictions, like nut allergies, celiac disease or for those who are vegetarian or vegan.
Rather than forgo the Easter treats entirely though, it is possible to make your own homemade candy and other goodies that are more wholesome and conform to your family’s dietary needs. The beauty of making homemade treats is that when you control the recipe and the ingredients, it’s possible to choose high-quality, sustainably-sourced organic ingredients and leave out those things that conflict with your family’s dietary restrictions and choices. It’s also possible to adjust the type and the amount of sugar in the recipe.
From everything to vegan peeps and a Fair Trade chocolate treat, here are some homemade Easter basket alternatives to satisfy your child’s desire for those Easter basket goodies. And you just might like them too!
17 Delicious Recipes for Easter Basket Goodies
- Naturally dyed Easter eggs
- Vegan Peppermint Patties
- Gluten-free Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cupcakes
- Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
- Dehydrated Fruit Leather
- Vegan Chocolate truffles
- Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Treats
- Vegan “Marshmallow” Peeps
- Chocolate Covered Fruit Slices (and more here)
- Whole Wheat Bunny Crackers - mini rabbit cutter here
- Fudgy No-Bake Brownie Bites with Date and Almonds
- All Fruit Gummy Bears
- Fresh Fruit Pops
- Fair Trade Chocolate “Nutella”
- Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows Vegan and Regular Versions
- Raw Chocolate, Cashew and Almond Bars
- Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops
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