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Healthy Easter Recipes to Replace All That Candy!

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By: Erin Coleman, B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.,

Writer, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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If you're looking for healthy Easter recipes to replace Easter candy this year, consider sugar-free or naturally sweet alternatives.

You don't need to put yourself and your family at risk of excessive weight gain and tooth decay anyway!

Opt for adorable festive snacks made from colorful, whole ingredients instead.

Consider the following healthy Easter recipes to get started.

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15 Healthy Easter Recipes

Fresh Watermelon “Cake”

This Easter try a simple, nutritious watermelon “cake” recipe!

It can curb just about any sweet tooth and your entire family will love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon cut into a cake shape
  • 1 32-ounce container of Greek yogurt
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Sliced almonds

Directions

  • Slice and cut the watermelon into the shape of a cake with a flat top.
  • Refrigerate it for several hours or place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Top your “cake” with Greek yogurt instead of frosting.
  • Decorate the cake with berries, other types of fruit, and sliced almonds if you'd like.
  • Cut the cake into slices, serve, and enjoy it with your family on Easter!

Servings: 6-8

Healthy Apple “Doughnuts”

Try a nutritious Easter-themed apple doughnut recipe this spring instead of traditional Easter candy or baked goods.

Ingredients

  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup of peanut butter or strawberry Greek yogurt
  • Toppings of your choice (strawberries, grapes, kiwi fruit, bananas, blueberries, dark chocolate, sliced almonds, etc.)

Instructions

  • Slice the top and bottom off each apple and create 1/2-inch-thick circles.
  • Cut a hole in the center of each apple ring to create a doughnut shape.
  • Spread Greek yogurt or peanut butter on top of each apple slice and garnish it with toppings of your choice.
  • Serve the “doughnuts” cold and enjoy them with your family!

Servings: 9

Easter Nest Bagels

Get festive this Easter by trying a healthy Easter nest bagel recipe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your kids!

Ingredients

  • 2 whole-grain bagels
  • 4 tablespoons of hummus
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/4 cucumber

Instructions

  • Split each whole-grain bagel in half and toast it in a toaster until golden brown.
  • Spread each bagel with hummus.
  • Cut a carrot into thin strips using a julienne peeler, grater, or a sharp knife.
  • Place the carrot strips on top of each bagel to form a “nest.”
  • Cut mini round or oval “egg” shapes out of the cucumber.
  • Place three cucumber eggs in the center of each carrot “nest”.
  • Serve the bagels this Easter and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Hummus Carrot Patches

Another cute way to incorporate nutritious hummus and carrots into you and your family's diet is by making festive carrot patches in small terra cotta pots!

Ingredients

  • Hummus
  • Baby carrots
  • Parsley
  • Tiny cups
  • Small pots

Instructions

  • Spoon the hummus into small paper or plastic cups and place the cups in terra cotta pots.
  • Poke holes in the tops of each carrot using a toothpick.
  • Insert a tiny piece of parsley into the top of the carrots.
  • Place 3-4 carrots in each pot filled with hummus.
  • Serve this fun healthy treat for your family this Easter!

Melon Fruit Pizza

To create an Easter-themed treat that's also healthy for you and your kids, consider this mini fruit pizza recipe!

Ingredients

  • Honeydew melon or cantaloupe, peeled and cut into slices
  • Plain or strawberry Greek yogurt
  • Blueberries, sliced strawberries, grapes, raspberries, etc.
  • Sliced almonds (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • After peeling and cutting your melon into slices or circles, top each with Greek yogurt.
  • Place a nutritious topping of your choice (berries, grapes, almonds, cinnamon, etc.) on top of the melon slice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Apple Fruit Baskets

What better way to celebrate Easter than with these festive, nutritious apple fruit baskets!

Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • 3 cups of club soda
  • 2 cups of diced strawberries, apples, kiwi fruit, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, pears, or any other fruit of your choice.

Instructions

  • Cut the tops off of each apple.
  • Scoop out the inner part of each apple, leaving 1/4 inch around the outside to form a basket shape.
  • Place the apples in a bowl and fill them with club soda. Soak the apples for a few minutes to prevent them from browning.
  • Pour out the club soda and fill the apple baskets with diced fruit of your choice.
  • Refrigerate the baskets, serve them when you're ready, and enjoy these treats with your friends and family!

Servings: 4

Easter-Egg Popsicle Smoothies

To create a refreshing, healthy sweet treat to replace Easter candy this season, consider an Easter-egg popsicle smoothie recipe.

Your spouse and kids will thank you!

Ingredients and Equipment

  • 6 plastic Easter eggs
  • 6 lollipop sticks
  • Sharp knife
  • Small funnel
  • 1-2 cups of mixed berries
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • Vanilla protein powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Place the berries, banana, coconut milk, and protein powder (optional) in a blender and blend the mixture until it's smooth.
  • Using a sharp knife, poke a small hole in the bottom of each plastic egg. Make sure the eggs are tightly closed.
  • Using a funnel, place the smoothie mix into each egg and put a lollipop stick in each hole.
  • Freeze the egg popsicle smoothies for at least 6 hours.
  • Serve cold and enjoy them with your friends and family on Easter Sunday!

Servings: 6

Fruit Flower Bouquets

Your kids will get a kick out of this nutritious, Easter-themed fruit flower bouquet!

Ingredients

  • Honeydew melon, sliced
  • Cantaloupe, sliced
  • Handful of green grapes
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Flower cookie cutters
  • Wooden skewers
  • Greek yogurt (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel the melons and cut them into slices.
  • Using mini flower cookie cutters, shape the melon into flat flower shapes.
  • Thread a grape into each wooden skewer, and top it with one flower-shaped honeydew melon and one flower-shaped cantaloupe.
  • Top each “flower” with a blueberry.
  • Place the flower bouquet in a vase, serve, and enjoy!
  • Dip each skewer in Greek yogurt if you'd like to.

Chick Deviled Eggs

Try this cute chick deviled eggs recipe to turn traditional Easter deviled eggs into a fun experience for your kids!

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado-oil mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of yellow mustard
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 carrot, washed and shredded
  • 12 black peppercorns

Instructions

  • Cut a small slice off of the bottom (flat end) of each egg.
  • Cut the top (pointy end) off of each egg as well. Save the tops.
  • Scoop out the egg yolks and mix them with mustard, salt, and mayonnaise.
  • Place filling back inside each egg so it's taller than the tops of the eggs.
  • Top the filling with an egg-white top.
  • Place 2 peppercorns and a carrot piece into the egg-yolk mixture to make a chick face. Use tweezers to create the chick faces as needed if it's easier.
  • Place the remaining carrot pieces under each egg to create feet for the chicks.
  • Serve the deviled chick eggs within two hours of making them and serve them cold.

Servings: 6

Cheese and Cracker Chicks

Try this cute cheese and cracker chicks recipe as a fun Easter snack idea your kids will adore!

Ingredients

  • 8 whole-grain, circle-shaped crackers
  • 8 ounces of your favorite cheese
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 8 jumbo black olives
  • 1 cup of spinach

Instructions

  • Lay out the spinach leaves on a serving platter.
  • Place whole-grain crackers on top of the spinach.
  • Cut sliced cheese into circles that fit on top of the crackers (each cheese slice should be slightly smaller than each cracker).
  • Cut a carrot into small sticks that look like feathers. Place them on top of each chick's head.
  • Cut another carrot into 16 thin round circles to make chick feet and 8 triangles to create chick beaks.
  • Cut the olives into tiny pieces to make eyes for each chick.
  • Serve the cheese and cracker chicks on a platter and enjoy!

Servings: 8

Easter-Themed Sandwiches

What better way to enjoy your favorite sandwich than by creating chick-, egg-, or bunny-shaped sandwich this Easter!

Ingredients

  • Whole-grain bread
  • Peanut butter and jelly, cheese, tuna salad, hummus, turkey, egg salad, or any other sandwich filling of your choice
  • Cookie cutters or a sharp knife

Instructions

  • Make a sandwich with whole-grain bread and the filling of your choice.
  • Cut the sandwich into Easter-themed shapes like an egg, bunny, or chick.
  • Serve the sandwich for lunch with your kids and enjoy!

Hard-Boiled Chicks

Hard-boiled chicks make a fun Easter treat that's as nutritious as it is delicious!

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • Raisins
  • Red bell peppers, sliced
  • Green bell peppers, sliced

Instructions

  • After hard-boiling your eggs, let them cool.
  • Insert raisins into the eggs to make chick eyes.
  • Insert peppers into the eggs to create a tail, wings, and a nose for each chick.
  • Serve the hard-boiled chicks for breakfast on Easter morning or as an appetizer!

Servings: 6

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Coconut Greek Yogurt Chicks

Try this fun Easter idea for your kids, their friends, and yourself!

Ingredients and Equipment

  • Washed baby food jars
  • Paint pens
  • Greek yogurt
  • Shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Use the paint pens to draw eyes and a beak (a chick face) onto each baby food jar and let it dry.
  • Fill the jars with your family's favorite Greek yogurt and top it with shredded coconut.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Frozen Banana Bunny Pops

Consider this simple, two-ingredient healthy Easter recipe for your family and friends!

Ingredients and Equipment

  • 4 bananas
  • dark chocolate pieces
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

  • Cut each banana in half.
  • Push a popsicle stick into each banana piece and freeze it for 5 minutes.
  • Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave until smooth and cool it slightly.
  • Remove the bananas from the freezer and dip them into the dark chocolate. Place the banana pops on wax paper.
  • Stick raisins, nuts, seeds, etc. into the bananas to create eyes and a nose or mouth if you'd like.
  • Store the pops in your refrigerator.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 8

No-Bake Easter Egg Fruit Tarts

Instead of Easter candy this year, consider this egg-shaped fruit tart recipe instead!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cups of blueberries
  • 3/4 cups of strawberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 3/4 cups of green grapes

Instructions

  • Add the almond butter, vanilla, honey, and salt to a microwave-safe bowl and heat the mixture in a microwave for about 20 seconds. Stir the mixture until it's smooth.
  • Place 1 cup of oats in a blender and blend to a flour-like consistency.
  • Add 1 cup of oats to the almond-butter mixture and stir well.
  • Add in the oat flour, a little at a time, until the mixture becomes a thick consistency you can form into a tart.
  • Form egg-shaped tarts and place them on parchment paper or foil.
  • Spread Greek yogurt over each tart and top with sliced fruit.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 10

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Fun Easter Activities Without Candy

You know Easter candy isn't a healthy option for you and your family, so don't feel bad about nixing it this year.

In addition to choosing the healthy Easter recipes above, consider these alternatives to sweet treats!

Money Easter Egg Hunts

When filling up Easter eggs for an egg hunt with your kids, consider filling each egg with coins or dollar bills instead of candy this season.

Your children will be so pumped to receive money that they won't think twice about candy!

Easter Toys

Whether you're filling up Easter eggs or an Easter basket this spring, consider toys, arts and crafts activities, or games instead of sweet treats.

Young kids will be over-the-moon excited to receive toys!

Easter Scavenger Hunts

Create an Easter-themed scavenger hunt this year to keep your kids entertained and moving around.

Set up clues inside Easter eggs in and around your home to keep your kids guessing.

Outdoor Easter Games

On nice-weather days, try fun outdoor Easter games you can play with your spouse, kids, and friends.

Consider volleyball, badminton, basketball, or golfing to spend much-needed time outdoors bonding with the ones you love.

Easter Arts and Crafts

In addition to choosing healthy Easter recipes, consider Easter arts and crafts activities this season.

Painting, making bracelets or t-shirts, and hard-boiled egg decorating are all fun activities that your creative juices flowing!

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Erin Coleman

Writer, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 15 years of freelance writing experience.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her dietetic internship at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prior to beginning her career in medical content writing, Erin worked as Health Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Internal Medicine.

Her published work appears on hundreds of health and fitness websites, and she’s currently working on publishing her first book! Erin is a wife, and a Mom to two beautiful children.

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