Happy Easter weekend to you and yours from all of us.
This year it's all about at-home, so we're sharing how-to-get vibrant coloured smoothie bowls and a recipe for delicious (healthier) Easter nest cookies.
Easter Smoothie Bowls
At-home smoothie bowl-building is great way for getting in healthy foods, essential nutrients, and a little creativity.
Set up your topping stations ahead so they're ready to go as soon as you've blended your base.
1 banana, peeled, medium size
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cauliflower
1/4 cup oat, coconut or cashew milk (unsweetened)
1/3 cup ice (or chop and freeze banana ahead and skip the ice)
optional: 1 tbsp pumpkin seed protein or other protein powder
Get a vibrant colour by adding ONE of these boosters/ingredient combos:
Marine blue: 2 tsp blue spirulina + 1/2 avocado
Vibrant pink: 1 tbsp pink pitaya or beet root powder extract + 1/2 avocado
Chocolate brown: 1.5 tbsp cacao powder + 1/2 additional banana
Yellow: combine mango (2/3 cup) + pineapple (1/3 cup)
Purple: combine rasperries (2/3 cup) & blueberries (1/3 cup)
Blend your base with of one of the above additional ingredient combos.
Tips for kids: set a creative theme like 'design a face' or 'make your favourite animal' with the toppings.
* Hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds
* Nuts (slivered or small pieces)
*Dark chocolate shavings or cacao nibs
* Frozen grapes (halved)
* Coconut, shredded or chips
* Granola (add in some dried berries for colour)
* Dragon fruit or melon balls: use a melon ball scoop for perfect bite
* Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (fresh or frozen)
Skip the Bowl Base & Nutritional-Balancing Work
Easy Easter Chocolate Nest Cookies
- 2 bananas
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (or sub honey)
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 150 g (5.3 oz) rolled oats
- 80 g (2.8 oz) chocolate mini eggs (or coco-whip)
2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then add the maple syrup and mix well.
3. Stir in the cocoa and oats until evenly combined.
4. Divide the mixture into 12 (about 2 level tablespoons each) and roll into balls. Place them on the baking trays.
5. Press a teaspoon into the centre of each cookie to create a nest shape.
6. Bake for 12 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
7. Add a couple of chocolate mini eggs to the centre of each cookie. You can skip the chocolate eggs and top with a tablespoon of coco-whip before serving.