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Crispy Rice Treat Eggs

Crispy Rice Treat EggsOur healthier {butter and marshmallow-free} version of rice crispy treats have been a huge hit in our house since we first created them a few months ago.  For Valentine’s Day we made a heart-shaped strawberry version, and I knew I wanted to come up with an Easter version too.  As it tends to, my mind went to getting more use out of the plastic eggs I still feel guilty about buying (even though we reuse them year after year, use them for sensory play, turn them into bath tub toys, and make fun popsicles with them).

IMG 7655While I had grand plans of creating a little hallow in the centres of the eggs and placing a couple of small treats in the middles, we ended up just making solid eggs.  To do so, all we did was fill up each side of the egg generously with warm crispy rice treat mix, packed them down a little, and shut the eggs while they were still warm.

IMG 7659We let them cool and ended up with perfectly formed eggs that pop out of the shells effortlessly and make great on-the-go treats (the plastic eggs double as containers until you’re ready to eat them) .  They were also a lovely addition to Gracen’s egg hunt and she’s been enjoying one every couple of days since.

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Egg-Shaped Yogurt Pops

Egg Shaped Yogurt PopsHolidays like Halloween and Easter, which are most often filled with chocolate, candy, and other junk can definitely be a little challenging when you work hard to not have your child eat any of those things.  And while I’m certainly not ready to throw in the towel and pass the jellybeans her way, I also really don’t want her to ever feel like she’s missing out on something special.  My solution?  Creating treats that are fun and delicious, but healthy at the same time.  I won’t deny that it takes a little bit of extra planning, some extra effort, and some extra time, but for me, it’s 100% worth it that my little love gets to enjoy and indulge, while maintaining a wholesome, healthy diet.  Needless to say, when I saw this adorable idea on Play Eat Grow, I knew I had to try a version of my own for Miss G and her cousins.  

IMG 7589Before I could get to making the popsicles themselves, I had to prepare the moulds first.  And by *I*, I mean I had to ask my hubby to drill holes in the bottoms of the plastic eggs, to which he recruited my father-in-law’s help.  The two of them disappeared into the garage for a minute, and returned in no time with the job done.  

IMG 7375For the filling, I knew I’d have to make them a little sweeter than I normally would in order to coax my niece and nephews into eating them, but I also wanted to keep the ingredients very simple.  Grae and I popped a cup of plain organic yogurt, a cup of no-sugar-added frozen berries, and 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (you could easily do with less – half even) into Grandma Sue’s food processor, and blended it up until nearly smooth.  My plan was to fill a piping bag and carefully pipe the mixture into the closed plastic eggs via the drilled hole, but at the last minute, I decided to go with a less finicky and much more messy method.  Basically, I dunked the egg halves into the mixture to fill them up separately, then quickly slapped the two halves together trying to lose as little as possible in the process. It worked fairly well.

IMG 7434With the eggs full, I plugged the drilled holes with my fingertips, quickly ran them under some cool water to clean off the exterior of the eggs, then popped them into an empty egg carton and added sucker sticks into the holes.  We froze them for several hours, and voila!  A new Easter treat was ready.

IMG 7444The good news is that most everyone really liked them.  Even my 6 year old nephew who tried a piece of apple for the first time this weekend ate about a 1/4 of his before leaving it to melt in a cup (pretty much  a huge success in my books).  And most importantly, Grae loved them.  While her cousins moved on to apple pie, Jell-O dessert, and salt water taffy afterwards,  she happily asked for another popsicle. Yay.

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