Simple to make, these recipes are delicious healthy, home-made Easter alternatives to chocolate. These chocolaty goodies are gluten, dairy and sugar-free. Kids can have free reign in the kitchen whipping up these variations of classic treats without the worry of chopped fingers or burnt hands - no baking required.

* Important do not use nuts in any of the recipes where a child may be allergic

Chocolate balls

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw organic cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats (use steel cut for a nutty flavour. Oats also available in wholemeal)
  • 100ml coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted medjool fresh dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds and/or walnuts (optional, save some for coating)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or goji berries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut for coating (optional)

Optional ingredients for added sweetness:

  • 1 Tablespoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of raw honey or sugar-free maple syrup

Method:

  1. Mix cacao powder, oats, coconut oil, dates and optional nuts, berries or seeds in a food processor. Mix until smooth.
  2. Using your hands, roll the mixture into small balls.
  3. Pour chopped nuts, seeds, shredded coconut or cacao powder onto a chopping board and roll the balls to coat.
  4. Place balls onto a plate and refrigerate to set.
  5. Best served chilled.

Chocolate Crackles

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

• 2 cups gluten free rice bubbles

• 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder

• 1/4 cup desiccated coconut

• 100ml melted coconut oil

• 3 tablespoons golden syrup

• 2 tablespoons honey

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together in bowl
  2. Spoon into patty cake holders, in a cupcake tray
  3. Refrigerate until set and ready to serve

Chocolate slice

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Block of raw organic cacao or 250g of raw cacao nibs (alternatively use 80% cocoa)
  • ½ cup dried fruit mix Raisins, Cranberries, Dates, Goji berries
  • ½ cup raw nut mix (optional) Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts
  • 1/4cup desiccated coconut (optional for a coconut rough twist)

Optional ingredients for added sweetness:

  • 1 Tablespoon natural vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of raw honey or sugar-free maple syrup

Method:

  1. Finely chop fruit and nuts
  2. Melt chocolate over stove or in microwave safe bowl
  3. Add fruit and nuts to melted chocolate and stir lightly
  4. Pour mixture into greased rectangle (slice) baking tray (alternatively pour into Easter bunny chocolate moulds)
  5. Freeze to set
  6. Keep chilled in refrigerator until ready to serve

 For more healthy recipe ideas: Turn to page 70 of our Healthy Learning Handbook, released April 28.