Healthy Easter Desserts: Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Easter EggsRecipe posted in: Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Healthy Sides & Snacks
As far as we’re concerned, there are three types of people in this world. There are the ones who hear the phrase “Easter egg” and instantly think of real healthy eggs dipped in a slew of pretty pastel dyes. Then there is those who picture hollow, neon plastic eggs filled with tiny treats. Finally, there’s the people whose minds go right to those ridiculously indulgent cream-filled, chocolate covered eggs. If you’re that last type of person, we just might be kindred spirits.
The only problem with those big, chocolate Easter eggs that you find on almost every supermarket endcap is that they’re loaded with empty calories, sugar and fat. Basically, they’re a recipe for complete weight loss disaster. However, this delicious Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Easter Eggs recipe is full of clean, healthy ingredients that deliver all the sweet, chocolate-y flavor of your favorite Easter desserts without all of that nonsense.
This healthy Easter recipe has just six simple ingredients—oats, cashew butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, chocolate chips and coconut oil. It also requires just four easy steps to make, which means you can throw it together the morning of your holiday gathering (we’re looking at you, procrastinators!). These delectably cute treats are also the perfect solution for those healthy Easter Basket ideas.
But here’s the best part: These sweet little treats don’t have to make an appearance on your table just once a year. They can work for any holiday as a healthy dessert recipe. Instead of rolling the cookie dough into an egg, just use a cookie cutter to create a more seasonally appropriate shape—a heart for Valentine’s Day, a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day, a Turkey for Thanksgiving. The options are endless! Even if it’s not a holiday, you can still add these delicious desserts to your spread by simply forming generic patties for an “anytime” version that will always jive with your weight loss diet.
The bottom line is, if you love sweets, you need to get yourself to the grocery store to grab the ingredients to try this recipe. In the meantime, because we can’t stop raving about these Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Easter Eggs, here are five more reasons we are so obsessed with them!:
1. They are insanely delicious.
Soft and sweet cookie dough drenched in rich, creamy chocolate with the slightest hint of coconut… Seriously, somebody pinch us because surely, we must be dreaming.
And trust us, even though it isn’t the sugar-laden, fat-packed, processed kind you buy at the supermarket, the cookie dough in this recipe is just as tasty. Thanks to the combination of maple syrup, vanilla extract and cashew butter, you won’t be able to tell the difference. The texture is even precisely as it should be.
The cherry on top has to be the mouthwatering mixture of chocolate and coconut that cloaks the cookie dough. It’s rich and creamy and the perfect amount of sweet.
2. They’re really easy to make.
We love delicious dessert recipes as much as the next foodie. However, if it has too many ingredients or too many steps, forget it. That’s what we love about this healthy Easter egg recipe. Not only is it unbelievably tasty, it’s also ridiculously easy to make.
To make the cookie dough, simply place the oats in a food processor and process them until they’re finely ground and resemble powder. Then add the cashew butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup and blend until smooth. Next, mold the dough into 16 mini egg shapes, place them on a baking sheet and put the sheet in your freezer for at least 30 minutes.
While your eggs are hardening in the freezer, melt the chocolate chips and stir in the coconut oil. Take each cookie dough egg and dip it into the chocolate mixture until it is completely coated. Pop the Easter eggs back in your fridge or freezer to harden and voila! You’re all done.
Making this healthy Easter Recipe is a great activity to do with any little ones in your family. They will love forming the cookie dough into egg shapes and dipping the eggs into the chocolate mixture (just be careful—the pot and mixture can get very hot!)
3. They’re surprisingly guilt-free.
These healthy candy eggs contain just 153 calories per serving. They are also packed with the nutrients your body needs, such as filling fiber and healthy fats. These delicious eggs are the perfect treat to have on hand when the Easter dessert dishes start making their appearance.
If you’re hosting, be sure to whip up a big batch of these tasty treats and watch how pleasantly surprised your guests are when you tell them they’re actually good for you. If you’re visiting family or friends, bring a bunch of these along so you are guaranteed to have a guilt-free treat at your fingertips when the sweet cravings start setting in.
4. They’re fun (and kid-friendly!) to make.
If you’re of the mindset that some of the best family bonding moments happen in the kitchen, this healthy Easter egg recipe is definitely for you. There are plenty of to-dos for tiny hands while putting together this delicious treat. If you have children or grandchildren who’d like to help out, ask them to help measure out the ingredients. Then enlist their help rolling the cookie dough. If they’re old enough, children can also help with carefully dipping the “eggs” into the chocolate mixture.
If you really want to get creative, you can task your little ones with decorating the eggs by adding some edible decorations to the outside. Just don’t go too crazy since many decorations and sprinkles are made of sugar that add calories to your recipe. Consider adding edible flowers or tiny slices of fruit.
When you’re all done making your Easter eggs, clean-up is a breeze when you’ve got help. Ask your little assistants to rinse out the pot and spoons (just don’t be surprised if you catch them licking the bowls!).
5. They’re so, so satisfying.
If you love chocolate as much as we do, you know that once you get a craving, it’s very hard to ignore it. These sweet treats satisfy the itch without sending your diet and weight loss progress on a holiday.
Not only that, thanks to the healthy fats from the cashew butter and coconut oil, these healthy treats are more filling than you’d expect. This means that you aren’t likely to overindulge, making for a perfect diet dessert food.
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Servings: 16 (1 serving = 1 egg)
Calories per Serving: 153
On Nutrisystem, Count As: ½ PowerFuel and 3 Extras
- 1 cup dry oats
- ½ cup cashew butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- Place the oats into a food processor and process until fine.
- Add in the cashew butter, vanilla extract and syrup. Process until smooth.
- Form the dough into 16 mini egg shapes. Place them onto a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler. Dip each cookie dough egg into the melted chocolate until completely covered.
- Place the chocolate covered eggs back onto the baking sheet and return them to the fridge or freezer to harden.
- Store in the refrigerator.