The most symbolic thing for Easter is basket filled with food. In Poland we bring it to the church on Easter Saturday for blessing. We share it on Sunday Easter breakfast together with best wishes between beloved ones. Of course the most happy with baskets are kids, but everybody prepares it as part of tradition.
In Poland, we usually add hard boiled eggs, sausages, ham, bread, salt, pepper, sugar bunnies, chocolate eggs. etc. The idea of Easter baskets is a beautiful tradition, but I am not fan of what we put inside- it is not my type of food.
I think there are much more possibilities to make it healthier, nicer, more beautiful and fun even for kids. Below a few healthier options, which you can add to your basket to make it delicious and colorful. If you will fill it with fresh fruits, baby carrots, banana bread, chocolate covered fruits and dry fruits, keeping of course traditional, naturally colored hard boiled eggs, you can create beautiful piece, which you can keep on the table and everybody can serve themselves if craving for something sweet or for fruits and nuts.
What healthier options you can add to your basket?
- Naturally colored hard boiled eggs– it is a tradition. Most of us add it and you can definitely keep this option too.
- Fresh fruits covered in melted, natural chocolate:
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 4-5 spoons of coconut sugar (or other natural sweetener)- you can adjust depends on your taste
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp natural nut butter for example almond (try to buy the ECO/organic nut butter, with no preservatives, palm oil, etc.)
- pinch of Himalayan salt
Mix coconut sugar, coconut oil, spoon of natural nut butter (for example all-natural almond butter) and cocoa powder in small pot. Melt it over low heat. Whisk for a couple minutes until all the coconut oil is melted with the rest of ingredients and remove from heat. Dip strawberries or any other fruits you wish, into the chocolate- half or full piece. Place onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Chill in the fridge. For the basket you can place the fruits in praline papers.
- Banana bread
Instead of heavy cakes, full of sugar or even worst any sugar bunnies which you add to the basket, you can prepare light, gluten free, banana bread. The recipe you will find here. (you can use any type of flour). It is so easy, yet so delicious recipe, perfect to serve during Easter. You can make version with fruits like blueberries or version covered with natural chocolate (see above the recipe for chocolate covered fruits). It will be perfect addition to the basket.
Not too big, fresh, healthy and with beautiful color. Kids usually likes it. After you can fill the basket with any type of fruits.
- Baby carrots
Doesn’t bunnies like carrots? OK, maybe carrots are not as cool as basket filled with chocolate, but you can make it fun and beautiful. Take a few baby carrots which you can buy everywhere (or cut normal carrots into pieces), take a small cellophane bags and green ribbon, and create small beautiful bags with baby carrots. Moreover as they are quite sweet and crispy, even kids likes it.
- Dry fruits
Similarly to baby carrots, you can make nice bags with dry fruits: dates, nuts, raisins, dry bananas, plums.