With everyone staying safe at home this Easter, there’s never been a better time to try your hand at cooking up some healthy Easter recipes.

At 28, we don’t believe in restricting carbs or any of your favourite meals for that matter, however, it’s still important to find a healthy balance and avoid excessive amounts of sugar. To help you stay healthy during what could be a traditionally sugary and over indulgent time of year, we thought we’d share some healthy Easter treats that the whole family can enjoy!

Running low on some ingredients? You don’t have to give up on cooking healthy if you learn how to make the most out of what you have in the cupboard. To help you, I’ve listed some ideas at the bottom of this post so you can make healthy ingredients swaps.

Healthy Easter Ideas

Epic Hot Cross Buns
Epic Hot Cross Buns
Think that eating healthy over Easter means giving up Hot Cross Buns? Think again! Try my epic Hot Cross Buns this Easter and I promise you won't be missing out!
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Low Sugar Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns Recipe
Traditional hot cross bun recipes contain over 5 teaspoons of sugar per bun. We’ve managed to reduce this to 1/2 teaspoon of fructose-free sweetener per serve. And… You won’t believe how good they taste!
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Sugar-Free Hot Cross Bun Cookies (from the IQS recipes blog)
These spiced cookies are very low in sugar, and a guilt-free way to enjoy Easter with your family.
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Paleo Hot Cross Buns Recipe (from the IQS recipes blog)
These Paleo Hot Cross Buns are filled with delicious spices and taste incredible toasted with a generous smear of grassfed butter.
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Sugar-Free Easter Eggs Recipe (from the IQS recipes blog)
Check our these Sugar-Free Easter Eggs from IQS’s guest contributor, Sami Bloom!
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Homemade Easter Eggs Recipe (from the IQS recipes blog)
Note: This recipe is a bit of a challenge, and a little fiddly, especially when it comes to assembling the eggs. Don’t be disheartened if they don’t come out quite right… embrace the fun of it!
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Healthy Rocky Road
As a chocolate lover, Nutritionist Shahna Sarpi has created this healthy version of a rocky road. Great to have as a treat as something the whole family can enjoy… guilt free!
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Keep on reading for common healthy ingredient swaps


Do you have a fussy eater at home?

It’s quite normal for kids to turn their nose up at foods & flavours they don’t recognize. One of the tricks Sam & Snez always recommend is to get the kids involved in cooking. By being hands-on in the kitchen they’ll see all the ingredients going in, and they’ll be so proud that they helped you make it, they’ll be much more likely to eat it with the family too.

healthy clean treats all the family can enjoy

Healthy Easter ingredient swaps (if you don’t have all the ingredients at home)

If you or someone you know has a nut allergy, you can easily make recipes nut free by swapping any nuts for a seed alternative. Use ground-up sunflower seeds instead of almond meal, tahini instead of nut butter, and coconut milk instead of almond milk.

Healthy flour swaps

  • No buckwheat flour?
    • Use a quinoa flour, brown rice flour or a gluten-free flour blend
  • No wholemeal spelt flour?
    • Swap with any wholemeal flour
  • No wholemeal flour?
    • Use any non-self-raising flour
      (just bear in mind this reduces the fibre content)
  • No almond meal?
    • Swap with ground sunflower seeds
      (if you have sunflower seeds a blender might not get it fine enough, try a mortar & pestle, or even a coffee grinder if you have one)

Healthy Easter sweetener swaps

  • No rice malt syrup?
    • Swap with maple syrup or raw honey
  • No maple syrup?
    • Swap with raw honey or rice malt syrup
  • No 85% or 90% dark chocolate?
    • Swap with any dark chocolate, or
    • Swap with cacao powder and cacao butter, or
    • Swap with cacao powder and coconut oil
    • NB: If you don’t have any dark chocolate or cacao you can use milk chocolate (but the sugar content will be much higher)

Healthy Easter butter swaps

  • No cacao butter?
    • Swap for cocoa butter (ideally a plain version, with no added sugar)
    • Or, swap with coconut oil
      (but note this may change the consistency)
  • No cashew butter?
    • Swap with almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter or tahini
    • NB: If you’ve only got dairy butter, ideally grassfed/organic, go ahead but please bear in mind it will contain a lot more fat than a nut butter and could a create slightly oily consistency (and, of course, the recipe will no longer be vegan-friendly!)

Healthy Easter milk swaps

  • No coconut milk?
    • Swap with coconut cream, and just water it down
    • Or any milk/milk substitute is fine

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Posted by Shahna Sarpi

Shahna is a qualified nutritionist passionate about helping people live a nourished life through healthy eating and lifestyle practices. Utilising a whole foods approach to nutrition, Shahna aims to educate and inspire people to become their healthiest selves. With a love of food and being in the kitchen, she enjoys cooking up a storm and creating healthy recipes that everyone will enjoy.