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Sick of talking about Covid?

Me too – so here is something fun and light-hearted for the Long Weekend ahead. I will add in a timely reminder, for anyone who thinks its completely inappropriate to be writing about
chocolate during a global pandemic, although Covid is a complete pain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic diseases are much more likely to cause long term damage to your health than the pesky virus.

Now, lets talk about chocolate, not Covid.

Easter can be so tricky, especially if you’re on a health mission. Treats everywhere, Easter Eggs lining the shelves. But its also important to enjoy the weekend and indulge.

The average child receives a whopping 13 Easter Eggs between family, friends, Easter events, school and more. So, here is a super easy recipe ahead of the weekend with some treats that taste delicious but won’t give you the pesky issues we associate with Easter.

Namely diet derailment and feelings of disappointment when you start with one Easter Egg and just can’t stop – and children running around with the inevitable sugar high after an Easter Egg from every relative (all consumed within a 1-hour window).

Three ingredient Easter eggs
I wouldn’t usually recommend dates as they are very sugary, but these natural sugars, combined with the polyphenols in the dark chocolate, protein and fat in the nuts will prevent your blood sugar from spiking.

Ingredients:
– Medjool Dates – full of natural sugar and a decadent texture
– 95% Dark Chocolate (or milk chocolate if you want it to go down well for little ones)
– Your filling of choice
I’ve gone for 3 Flavours:
– Snickers (your favourite nut butter & peanuts to coat)
– Black Forest Gateau – Freeze dried boysenberries (crunchy and tart)
– Lamington – Brazil Nut (simple, delicious and health benefits galore) topped with coconut

Method:
– Cut open the dates and remove the stone
– Fill with nut butter, 1 x boysenberry or 1 x Brazil nut
– Melt chocolate as you choose – I used a bowl in the microwave (above another bowl of water)
– Coat your dates in chocolate
– Roll them in extra nuts, crushed boysenberry or coconut
– Place on a plate covered with baking paper (to prevent sticking)
– Place in the freezer for just 10 or so minutes until the chocolate is firm
– Taste test before the kids get their hands on them (crucial step)
– Place in an Easter Egg basket made with brown baking paper
Sit back, enjoy your handy work and dig in.

Disclaimers:
– May be easy but its good and messy
– Highly recommend making BEFORE you clean the kitchen (not after)
– I still have chocolate in my hair. how?!
– Can be incredibly addictive but should not significantly damage your health