Four ingredient gooey caramel Easter eggs
We had you at ‘gooey’ didn’t we? Thank you to 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Chloe Cox for sharing this fabulous recipe and photo, just in time for Easter.
Just four ingredients is all you need to create this healthy version of an Easter favourite for your family. At 85 calories each, they’re a lot better (and bigger!) for you than the Cadbury Caramello Egg which comes in at 122 calories each.
Chloe says, “With the hidden gooey centre these delicious caramel eggs will definitely have you convinced they are the real deal.
“While they are still a sometimes treat, they are a much better option, with less calories per serve!”
- 1/3 cup dates
- 1 pinch himalayan rock salt
- 1 tsp coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate 70% cocoa
- Place dates in a heatproof dish and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 30 mins.
- Melt half the chocolate and divide evenly between 10 silicon moulds to form the base of the egg. Pop in the freezer to set.
- Drain the dates and place in a food processor with the coconut oil and salt.
- Pulse until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the sides when needed.
- Divide caramel mix evenly between the moulds, placing it in the centre of each ‘egg’.
- Melt remaining chocolate and cover caramel mix.
- Place in the freezer to set again.
- Store in the freezer in an airtight container.
85 calories per egg
10 top tips to stay on track this Easter
Easter can be one of those times during the year we can fall ‘off track’ a little. The most important thing to remember is, if you are celebrating Easter, that it is just one day out of the whole entire year and if you are wanting to eat chocolate, enjoy it!
1. Buy non-chocolate gifts
Avoid temptation! If you have friends and family asking to buy gifts for your children, offer some non-chocolate ideas: Arts and craft, pyjamas, bath bombs/bubble bath, books, vouchers, puzzles or games.
2. Make healthier alternatives
If you are entertaining see our Healthy Mummy Easter Ebook filled with healthier recipe ideas.
3. Use plastic eggs instead of chocolate
Try choosing smaller chocolates or hollow eggs for easter hunts. The kids (and adults) will still see and collect lots of colourful eggs without having excess left over after Easter.
We love reusable plastic egg shaped containers that you can fill. You can find these in most supermarkets and these are great for egg hunts and gifts. You can fill them with anything you like, small toys, lollies/chocolate or treats of your choosing or even clues for an egg hunt.
4. Melt down leftover chocolate instead of eating it
If you find you have excess chocolates left over at the end of Easter and wish to avoid temptation, try chopping, melting or crushing your chocolates into one of our recipes, such as the Wholemeal Choc Chip Muffins and Peanut Bubble Crunch.
You can also freeze leftover chocolates so they are ‘out of sight’ but still available for a sweet treat when you choose.
5. Choose dark chocolate over light chocolate
Choose dark chocolate where you can. Dark chocolate can offer a lower calorie, lower sugar option whilst still enjoying the chocolate flavour.
6. Avoid filled and flavoured chocolate eggs
Instead, utilise plain chocolate varieties if you are being cautious of your chocolate and calorie intake over Easter.
7. Eat before heading to your family gatherings
Eating breakfast or a snack with a source of protein before you head to your Easter get togethers can help you make more mindful choices rather than arriving hungry.
8. Be mindful of your serving sizes
If you are watching your calorie intake over Easter, think about how much you’re putting on your plate. Often Big chocolate bunnies and eggs can be a family serving. Look at the labels and make an informed decision.
9. Get moving
Keep active with the family and make it fun. Often Easter means some businesses are closed so your whole family might get the chance to spend some extra time together so make the most of it! A family walk, a game of sport in the backyard, a trip to the beach, a play at the park can be great ways to move your body without it seeming like a chore.
10. Drink lots of water
Focus on your water intake. Try to keep a water bottle nearby. Sipping on water can help with hunger and over indulging.