Healthy 'easter egg' recipe and hot chocolate

Hi everyone, oops where did that week go, I'm determined to keep up with my posting, I must get back into the routine of it!

raw sunflower seed truffles

Today we've been doing a bit of easter making, we made some 'easter eggs' which are not really easter eggs but actually Raw Cinnamon-Sunflower Truffles. A yummy alternative to chocolate eggs. The kids thought it was pretty cool to make special little 'easter eggs', and they don't give them a sugar high!

:: Raw Cinnamon-Sunflower Truffles ::
(From http://www.nourishngmeals.com/)

- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup pitted dried dates
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp dark agave nectar or maple syrup* (I used some honey and stewed apple here instead)
- unsweetened shredded coconut

Place the sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt into a food processor fitted with the "s" blade. Process until seeds are very finely ground. It only takes a minute or so.
Then add the dates and oil. Process again until combined and sticky. Only add the agave or maple syrup if need be. Your dates may be moist enough and you might not need extra sweetener. Check to see if you can form a truffle by rolling some of the mixture in your hands. If it falls apart then add the sweetener and process again.
Scoop out the sunflower mixture by the large spoonful and roll into balls. Then roll in shredded coconut. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.

raw sunflower seed truffles

We had some for morning tea with a hot chocolate - and that's another recipe that I need to share with you, homemade hot chocolate mix, so easy, so good. I use organic cocoa and organic sugar and it's so much cheaper doing it yourself than buying it pre-made.

homemade hot chocolate mix

The recipe is from Real Simple, Chocolate Chunk Hot Cocoa Mix - sometimes I add the chocolate chunks and sometimes I don't, of course it's a bit more decadent with the chocolate chunks :).

morning tea

We've wrapped a few of our easter eggs up to give away and we made some special cellophane window cards too.

easter

So that's kept us busy for the day and we are very much looking forward to the long weekend. We have much planned including some long overdue work on the house extension, catching up with family, but most importantly of all we will be reflecting on Easter and remembering Christ's sacrifice for us.
I wish you all a joyful and relaxing long weekend xx

9 comments

knightlight said...

these looks delish!!!! one for the book. x

Flower said...

Yum! I've made a similar lot using cashews instead of sunflowers & 2 Tbsps of carob powder. nom nom

nzgreenbuttons said...

I'll be trying these tomorrow, fingers crossed I've got enough sunflower seeds in the pantry. Thanks for sharing and hope your weekend goes well.

taimarie said...

Yum! Happy Easter to you and yours!

erika jane said...

i love this idea! my daughter does not eat sugar so i was just going to give her dried fruit, but this is perfect. we have made similar ones for other occasions but i did not think of them for easter. thanks! if you would like, check out the images and recipe link to the version we made. http://kotoamade.blogspot.com/2011/03/moomin-sweet-mats.html

tamara said...

these look delicious. what sweet cards, too!

Frith said...

No sugar high a? Judging by the fourth pic you may have got that wrong
Hope my boy did'nt eat ALL of those and has been behaving. xx

Ash said...

Hmmm.... Looks really yummy! It's always a great idea to get involve in the food making process, they seem to having lots of fun in those pics.
I am glad we have similar taste. =) It's always great to share pretty things with a friend. =)
Oh... and how's your trip to the zoo? Hope it's all fun for you all.

Amy Seven-Stitches said...

Yum. my kids were a bit over eggs by the end of the day, but really loved the hunting - we even went looking for easter egg shaped grapes. I thought that would be a tad too healthy, but they loved it.

I love the hot chocolate mix too. I'm partial to the destitute gourmet recipe - it has powdered milk in it making it very hand for a picnic. Got to try putting chocolate chunks in too.