It’s Easter and that means chocolate eggs, but when you’re dairy and refined sugar free it can mean feeling left out. Not this year my friends. Not only have I discovered many great online stores to purchase all the raw Easter treats your heart desires, I have tested out 2 DIY raw cream eggs recipes.
Cashew cream eggs are obviously a dupe for Cadbury’s cream eggs but don’t be expecting them to taste the same. Cadbury’s eggs are very sweet and the centre is more runny than creamy. Cashew eggs, on the other hand, are encased in a darker, richer chocolate and have a firm yet creamy filling, complete with a yellow turmeric centre. Don’t worry you can’t really taste the turmeric.
I wasn’t sure if I would like these dupes but I did, very much.
The first recipe I tested was from Nest and Glow and the second was from Greens of the Stone Age I only made a tiny taster batch of each recipe (2 eggs of each) and both turned out surprisingly well, although I didn’t make enough chocolate to cover the centre so the cashew cream is exposed at the sides. The recipes were both good but I would say the Greens of Stone Age one was slightly smoother and creamier, probably due to the coconut cream.
Having said this, the taste test confirmed my suspicions that my body does not like coconut cream. Coconut oil, yaaas, coconut milk, sure, coconut cream, no, no way, nope; the next hour or so was spent doubled over in pain.
If you don’t suffer from uber, super sensitive stomach syndrome then I suggest using a recipe with coconut cream. In fact, I am pretty sure that the versions you can buy use coconut cream. Both tasted good though, and that was only 2 randomly selected recipes based on what I actually had in the cupboard, there are probably hundreds of delicious recipes for you to try out this Easter.
For Easter eggs/treats you can buy look no further than these:
These were the delights I received from my mum and sister.
A selection of herbal teas, raw snacks and my favourite combination of banana and raw chocolate, as well as alcohol and raw chocolate.
When it came to the Sunday roast I was, as usual, in charge of table laying/decor and roast potatoes. To my mum’s relief I had run out of confetti, but that table was going to host Easter themed decor if it was the last thing I did. Luckily I found some little chicks and sheep in the back of the dining room cupboard. Granted they looked a little drunk, but they would do.
Family dinners are a little tricky in our house, my mum eats pretty much anything, my dad likes bland typically English food (think pies, peas and chips), my sister is vegetarian and I am dairy/gluten/refined sugar free.
To our suprise (not) my dad ditched us for an orienteering event in some woods somewhere, so we ate our 3pm lunch without him. My mum had a tradition turkey roast, my sister made a vegetable pastry dish which smelt delicious and I enjoyed pan griddled yellow fin tuna steak with tuscan roast potatoes, cavolo nero, honey and lemon caramelised carrots and grilled courgette.
Whilst the rest of my family had lemon pudding, I happily tucked into a vegan raw caramel slice that my sister made me as part of my Easter hamper. I can honestly say it was the tastiest caramel slice I have ever had. I used to love millionaire shortcake, but since becoming concious of what I fuel my body with, I haven’t found a satisfactory replacement and I kind of forgot about caramel slices. But after wolfing that down, they are very much back on my radar. Apparently she used coconut flour, coconut oil and honey in the base, tahini and honey for the caramel layer and cacao butter, cacao powder and honey for the chocolate. All I can say is bravo little sister, you made your ‘big’ sister’s taste buds very happy.
However you celebrate Easter, have a great four day weekend everyone X