Just because you are following the Autoimmune Protocol, are allergic/ intolerant to chocolate, or are trying to avoid a chocolate overload, does not mean you have to miss out on the magic of Easter.
Not only does Leo get sick from chocolate, but carob and coconut too! For the last couple of years, I have got away with it, because he was too little to know what was going on. Now Leo is three, he knows all about the Easter Bunny hiding eggs for him to find. So, I have come up with some alternative allergy friendly ways to celebrate Easter.
Chocolate Free Easter Egg Hunt
One of my families favourite traditions is the Easter Egg hunt on Sunday morning, it’s so fun and exciting!
In the past I have always used chocolate, but since discovering both Leo and Max react to it, I have come up with some alternative Easter Egg hunt ideas.
My first idea was to fill some reusable Easter Eggs with stickers, stamps, Lego characters, small cars, pencil erasers or rubber balls.
I think what would delight my kids more (and cost less money) would be to fill each egg with a coin, and take them shopping to pick out something small to buy with the money they received.
Chocolate Free Easter Egg Ideas
Celebrating Easter without chocolate can still be a delicious and magical affair.
This year I have created a few different chocolate free Easter Eggs for my kids.
All of the recipes use gut healing gelatin, some have no added sugar, and one even contains a vegetable!
Marshmallow Easter Eggs
I made a batch of AIP Paleo Marshmallows and spooned them into medium sized silicone Easter Egg molds.
After they set, I stuck the halves together with water before rolling them in Tigernut flour.
For those who are not aware, Tigernuts are not nuts but nutrient dense root vegetables. They are hard, sweet and about the size of a pea. Tigernuts are a bit like almonds, but sweeter and not as oily. If you don’t have a coconut allergy you could use desiccated coconut to coat the Easter Eggs instead.
Another chocolate free sweet treat my kids really enjoy are Gummies.
I made a few of my favourite AIP Paleo Gummy recipes and froze them in small silicone Easter Egg molds. You can set them in the fridge too, but I found it’s easier to pop Gummies out whole if they are frozen first.
These are a few of my favourite AIP Paleo friendly gummy recipes containing gut healing gelatin – some even have no added sugar!
Chocolate Free Easter Gifts
I have found too much sugar can be inflammatory for my kids, and causes gut & behavioural problems, even if it’s natural sugar found in fruit & maple syrup.
So on Easter Sunday after a exciting Easter Egg hunt and a delicious nutrient dense breakfast, I will give my kids their Marshmallow Egg and a few Gummies, before giving them their other chocolate free Easter presents.
I got Leo a new box of crayons and Thomas the Tank Engine book.
Max is getting a Beanie Boo Dog clip to put on his school bag so he can identify it easier, and a super cool book; P Is for Pterodactyl, The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar.
It is a delightfully unconventional alphabet book that helps kids understand & pronounce confusing & mischievous words containing silent letters and homophones. For example; “A is for Aisle” and “Y is not for Why”.
I am not sure what book to get Charlie yet, he is 8 years old and a voracious reader. He is a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. If you have any other book suggestions for Charlie, I would love to hear them.
As it is starting to cool down in the South West, I also got my boys a new pair of comfy pyjamas’.
Over the years I have got them different presents at Easter time like warm blankets, slippers, a new jumper or gumboots.
If it’s warming up where you live, some great chocolate free Easter gifts include, a new rashie, bathers, hat, sandals or a towel.
Chocolate Free Easter Activities
“To a child, love is spelled, T-I-M-E.” Zig Ziglar
At the end of the day what kids treasure the most is spending time with their loved ones having fun.
If it’s sunny and warm our family will probably hang out at the beach, kick the footy in the park, go for a bike ride or play backyard cricket. If it’s raining we might watch a movie, play scrabble, have a dance off or build a couch fort.
Easy Easter Craft Ideas
Craft has never been my strong point, but my kids get so much enjoyment out of it, so I do try.
My boys like colouring in Easter print outs and drawing Easter pictures. After they have finished, I will sticky tape the pictures onto some gold string and hang them up, garland style, over our indoor windows. They feel proud when they see their artwork hanging up and it decorates the house.
Leo got a chalkboard for his birthday my boys have been creating Easter drawings on that. It doubles as a painting easel, so we will do some painting next week too.
Max found this Easter Mega Activity Craft Tub for $10 at Coles (you might be able to find one at Big W ). It’s been keeping them entertained and getting into the Easter spirit these school holidays.
I would love to see your Easter creations! If you make something this Easter, tag me on Instagram.
I hope you have a beautiful, fun and relaxing Easter full of good food and laughter.
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My kids are loving these little Easter Egg Gummies in their lunchboxes. They freeze well, so I made a couple of different recipes and set them in Easter themed molds before putting them in a container and hiding them in the back of my freezer. Now I am ready for Easter Sunday next week 🐣🐰 For a list of some of my favourite Gummy recipes and other delicious, allergy friendly, AIP chocolate free Easter ideas check out my latest post. The link is in my profile & Insta stories.
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