The Easter Bunny is the bearer of all things sweet in the world and while we know it's ok to indulge a little in chocolate treats over the Easter season, it’s a good idea to show a little restraint and not go too crazy.
Did you know that just one medium sized 150g bunny contains half of the recommended daily amount of sugar? With that in mind, we would like to share some Easter tips and tricks to cut back on the sugar whilst still having a little indulgence to celebrate the holiday and have lots of fun together as a family.
Start the day right. Chocolate for breakfast might be every child’s dream, but instead you could try and hold off and choose a healthy filling breakfast so they are less likely to overindulge later in the day. Why not make our delicious, fun and healthy purple pancakes… They include eggs of the healthy variety! Extra points if you can make them bunny shaped!
Egg hunt minus all of the chocolate. Put the carton of 15 chocolate hunting eggs back on the shelf and instead get some colourful & fillable plastic eggs, a little figurine or even a gold coin for older children. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure the surprise inside is age appropriate.
Get active. A long weekend with the family is perfect to enjoy some fun activities together like bike riding, playing at the park, egg and spoon race, backyard cricket, or going for a bushwalk to explore somewhere you haven’t been before, it's a great way to burn off all that extra energy.
Get creative. One of the best things about Easter is all of the cute craft around. The shops are filled with fun and inexpensive Easter themed craft kits of all sorts. Egg painting, making puppets and hats, colouring in books, bunny shaped moulds for cooking or playdough fun; there’s something fun for all ages and perfect if the weather turns bad and you’re stuck indoors. Why not try your hand at traditional Greek egg dyeing. Most greengrocers sell the packets of powdered dye which are fun to make. Then enjoy hard boiled eggs or egg salad sandwiches for lunch!
Here's our easy honey bunny biscuit recipe:
Beat butter and honey until thoroughly combined in a medium mixing bowl.
Mix in egg and vanilla.
Mix in flour until just combined.
Divide the dough in half. Wrap each half in cling film and refrigerate for half an hour.
Preheat oven to 160°C.
Using 1 half of the dough, roll out on a floured surface to ½ cm thickness
Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
Arrange cut out cookies on tray lined with baking paper (can be placed close together as they don’t rise/spread a lot)
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges look golden.
Cool cookies on a cooling rack.
Repeat with remaining dough.
*dough can be frozen for later use (up to 3 months). Wrap tightly in cling film. Thaw 1-2 hrs before using above cooking method.
Decorate if you wish.