5 Healthy Fruit Alternatives To Chocolate At Easter
With Easter fast approaching it's a great time to prepare to navigate the extra chocolate temptations we'll all be faced with. I'm a firm believer that it is possible to 'have your Easter cake and eat it' simply by making a few healthy tweaks. I enjoy spending time in my kitchen creating healthier low GI versions of traditional recipes, while making sure my family and friends will still enjoy them! It's about making cleaver ingredient switches without compromising on taste or texture.
Here are some easy and fast 'DIY' recipes for you to try. The quantities are not always exact as they're designed specifically so you can change amounts, ingredients and flavours around depending on what you fancy eating:
Raspberry Chia Protein Dessert
Moosh up a large handful of fresh or frozen raspberries in a bowl and add 4-5 dessert spoons of chia seeds, plus a scoop of vanilla Proform casein protein powder. Add a good amount of unsweetened almond or coconut milk and mix all ingredients together. Add more milk if needed to make it runny-ish. Pop into individual pots and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes or so until it sets. Serve topped with a sprinkling of raw cacao nibs, coconut flakes and fresh raspberries.
Berry Cacao Smoothie
This berry cacao smoothie recipe is tasty and healthy enough to enjoy regularly, click here for the full recipe.
Minty Lime Avo Mous
Soak 100g of cashew nuts in filtered water for a couple of hours, then discard the water. Blend the nuts with a whole ripe avocado, a handful of fresh mint leaves, plus the juice and zest of 2-3 limes, depending how 'zesty' you want it to taste. Serve in individual pots decorated with some grated lime zest and some fresh chopped mint leaves. To make a chocolatey version simply add 2-3 teaspoons of raw cacao powder before blending.
Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake Mouse
Blend a scoop of Proform casein protein powder with a handful of strawberries plus enough coconut milk to make a thick paste. Pour into individual ramekins and top with a generous amount of crushed pistachios, coconut flakes and a whole strawberry.
Banana Cacao Ice Cream
Blend together 2-3 frozen bananas (pop them in the freezer the night before), 2-3 teaspoons of raw cacao powder, 1 teaspoon of both vanilla powder and maca powder, with a splash of almond or coconut milk. Serve and eat immediately! Alternatively make a fruity berry sorbet version by swapping out the banana for frozen berries.
I'd love to hear about your ideas and different versions you like to make, so do let me know in the comments below and have a healthy and tasty Easter everyone!