Chocolate, bunnies and hot cross buns. Easter is totally my favourite holiday.
For weeks in advance shops start filling up with foil wrapped goodies and smiling cardboard bunnies. Seasonal delicacies like marshmallow eggs and how cross buns lure you in every time you go to the supermarket because, well, it’s only Easter once a year right, you have to take advantage!
You can get easter eggs in all sorts of shapes and sizes which are filled with all kinds of fun and wrapped in all the colours of the rainbow. Aaand the internet starts getting filled up with photos of melted chocolate and outrageously delicious home made Easter treat recipes.
Like I said, Easter is my favourite holiday.
Which is why I would like to share with you a wee recipe I recently dreamed up which uses only four simple ingredients and makes outrageously delicious eggs! As an added bonus the eggs are gluten free and are just as delicious without the chocolate coating which makes them a great option for those who are dairy free as well.
Plus one of the main ingredients is peanut butter which has some lovely sciencey health benefits!
How is peanut butter healthy? You ask. Well, here are a few ways…
It’s full of good stuff: Peanut butter is full of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals which are all essential for good health and successful bodily functions. Which is really what we all want.
It’s good for your heart: In 2003 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) backed the claim that eating 2 and a half tablespoons of peanut butter a day may reduce your risk of getting heart disease. Wohoo!
It might help keep the cancer away: Peanuts contain a chemical called resveratrol which is also found in grape skins and red wine. A German study on this chemical found that it might be reducing your chances of getting cancer.
It might help with Alzheimer’s detection: In very exciting science news recently, researchers have figured out that the part of the brain that can smell peanut butter is very close to the part which is affected in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Basically if a person with Alzheimer’s disease sniffed a tub of peanut butter with their left nostril they wouldn’t be able to smell it as well as someone without the disease. This means that peanut butter could be a cheap, easy, non-invasive Alzheimer’s detection method. So cool!
So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and start making these magic balls of magnificence already!
Ali’s Excellent Easter Eggs
Gluten free and dairy free if you skip the chocolate coating
- 2 cups Peanut butter
- 1 cup Icing sugar
- 4 cupsCornflakes
- Chocolate melts
Soften the peanut butter in the microwave and add the icing sugar and cornflakes. Mix until combined.
Roll the mixture into easter egg sized balls. Eat a couple of these eggs with a nice cup of tea and refrigerate the rest for half an hour.
Melt your chocolate melts and dip each ball into the molten chocolate and then place it on a sheet of baking paper.
Refrigerate until hard.
Try not to eat them all at once!