These vegan sugar-free Date and Almond Easter Eggs are 100% Guilt Free

Prep time 1 hour | Cooking time 2 mins | Makes 20 eggs

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Finally an Easter Egg which won’t hurt your waistline. These sugar-free guilt-free treats are in fact packed full of nutrients and energy.

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We all love a good Easter Egg. I enjoy chilling hollow eggs in the fridge and eating them when they’re nice and cold for that perfect crack (Yes chocolate connoisseurs, I know that you’re meant to eat chocolate at room temperature). This year for Easter I was thinking about a healthier gift that I could make for my friends and family. When you have a nutritionist-in-training for a sister, and many friends who are vegan, you have to keep our options open. The secret to this recipe is that they are made with a “Bliss Ball” base of dates, almonds and raw cacao. Raw cacao is made from cold-pressed un-roasted cocoa beans with high levels of magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese (more info here). Make these little cuties, then roll them in whatever takes your fancy and they’ll make the perfect Easter gift.

Ingredients:

  • 24 dried dates, chopped
  • ¼ cup boiled water
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao
  • sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, lemon zest, chopped nuts or crushed freeze-dried berries to coat.

Method:

Prepare the dates. Place the dates into a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Microwave on high for 30 seconds until the dates are softened. Stir to form a paste and allow to cool.

Make the base. Once the date have cooled, add the almond meal and raw cacao and stir until the mixture forms a soft, pliable dough. Roll teaspoons of the dough into balls then shape into eggs.

Coat the eggs. Roll the eggs into the casting of your choice. You could use seeds, chopped nuts, lemon zest or freeze-dried berries. For a full-on flavour hit I tried something a bit crazy and coated some in crushed wasabi peas. It sounds weird but they look great and you get a subtle wasabi flavour.

What’s on your Easter menu? Have you got a delicious roast planned, or perhaps your fine-tuning your baking skills with some hot cross buns, or a wicked chocolate Easter tart. Let me know in the comments below.

Happy cooking and keep smiling,

Brendon 🙂

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. bec majec says:

    Brendon these look so delicious and I love your styling!! Definitely trying this recipe as soon as I have all the ingredients in the house. Just out of curiosity, where do you source your freeze dried berries?

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    1. Hi Bec, thanks for the lovely comments and your questions. You should be able to find freeze-dried berries in most health-food stores but The Essential Ingredient also stocks these. You can find a great range of organic dried fruits at Naked Foods in Newtown. You could chop these and add roll your eggs in them. (Just to be clear I am not being paid to recommend these) 🙂

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      1. bec majec says:

        Sounds good! They are so tasty I’m definitely making more soon. I love The Essential Ingredient!!

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        1. I really like the picture you took via your instagram. They are too cute!

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  2. bec majec says:

    Brendon these look so yummy! I’m definitely going to try this recipe out once I have all of the ingredients in the house. Where do you buy freeze dried berries?

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  3. ladyfi says:

    Those eggs looks delicious and healthy!

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    1. Thanks very much for your kind words Fiona. They were very fun to make and style as well. It’s a great recipe for young children as well 🙂

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  4. sakinah30 says:

    Reblogged this on Cappuccino and commented:
    Easter#easter bunny

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