Easter is for sure my favorite holiday! And like other holidays, the older my children get, the more I will have to work to get creative and keep things fun, while keeping our health first priority.
Here are a few ways I plan to keep our Easter sugar free.
First off, this year my son's 3rd birthday is on Easter, so we will be more focused on birthday celebrations than Easter. Which for his birthday I will be providing lots of sugar free treats like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake I'll be sharing the recipe for next week!
For future Easter's though, I will be opting for fun toys and trinkets to fill eggs versus candy. My go-to places for these things are the Target $ spot and Oriental Trading Co. You can find an incredible amount of trinkets and fun things that children love, including stickers, Easter stamps, bunny crayons, and so much more.
We will also have a ton of fun and boil and decorate eggs using my favorite, all natural egg dye from Eco Kids.
My next tip is to be the hostess! That's right, open up your house, have fun with it, and invite people over for an egg hunt, or whatever other celebration you want to have. This way you can suggest doing the egg hunt a healthier, different way without feeling like you are imposing on someone else's party planning fun! You can use the fun treats I mentioned above that are not candy, or even do an award system where you hide numbers in eggs and they get small prizes for the eggs they find vs. an egg full of candy.
Okay...if you are not up for that...make a deal with your kiddo! This is a new fave that I KNOW I will be using in the future. Even me...the writer of the sugar free cookbook will let my kid have some candy. I'm going to give them a number of how many they can have, let them choose what to keep, and then offer to "buy back" the rest for a certain amount of money per candy. (hint hint...this is also a great way to do Halloween). This also helps to teach your children the importance of saving up, making money, using their own money to buy the things they desire. All that to say, offer a dime, a quarter or whatever you come up with as a payment for the candy that they don't eat. SOUND CRAZY TO YOU?!??? Well....let me just put it simply....my child's health is WORTH THE MONEY! And yes, I do believe sugar is THAT bad for my child's health!
**If you kid is under 3....just take the candy. The past few years, my son didn't even notice. He just enjoyed playing with the eggs! I think he ate one piece of candy last year!
So...now that you have a few ways to beat the sugar trap wrapped around this holiday, how about some CINNAMON BUNS FOR EASTER WEEKEND!
Yes, Cinnamon Rolls are my favorite, and these are extra special because first off....they are GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE, and extra messy!
- 2 cups almond flour (or another gluten free flour of choice)
- 1 tsp xanthum gum or ground flax (this helps keep it from crumbing, so don't skip this!)
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 TBSP Protein Collagen (not mandatory, and can replace with another protein)
- 5 TBSP grass-fed butter
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 TBSP coconut sugar
- 2 TBSP coconut sugar
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 6 tsp of coconut oil
- optional: 1/4 dark chocolate, sugar free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Use coconut oil to grease a baking sheet
- In a mixing bowl, add flour, xanthum gum, baking powder, and protein collagen
- Using a knife, cut the butter into small chunks and add to flour mixture. Use a whisk to press it down until the mix is a course, meal consistency.
- Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes
- In a medium bowl, combine milk, apple cider vinegar, and coconut sugar. Set aside
- In a small bowl, mix together the coconut sugar and cinnamon (optional chocolate chips) in a bowl. *Don't mix the coconut oil
- When the dough is ready, take it from the refrigerator, and combine with the wet ingredients. Do not over mix.
- Knead the dough about 4 times in the bowl. (Cover your hands in coconut oil to keep it from being too sticky)
- Separate the dough into 10-12 small balls about 3 inches thick.
- You can press the balls out into 1/4 inch thick rounds on the pan, or in your hand. Cover the flattened round with .5 tsp of coconut oil, and coat it in the cinnamon topping mixture. Roll it up, or just fold in the sides (this is the fun part! Get creative and make them however you want)
- Place the rolls on the greased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes
- Let cool and ENJOY!