5-Ingredient Vanilla Cream Easter Eggs

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, Desserts
The Leaf Healthy Vanilla Cream Easter Egg

Holidays can be a bittersweet time for many dieters. On one hand, you get to create precious memories and everlasting traditions while spending invaluable time with your family, friends and loved ones. On the other hand, many fun festivities and holiday events involve unhealthy foods that can sabotage all of your weight loss success. Keep your holiday healthy AND sweet with this wholesome, diet-friendly candy recipe for Vanilla Cream Easter Eggs!

Filled with a decadent, homemade vanilla cashew cream, these Nutrisystem-approved chocolates require just five simple ingredients. To pump up the protein and add even more sweet vanilla taste, we add a tablespoon of whey protein powder to the creamy center. Melted chocolate chips envelope the vanilla cashew cream and create a rich, fudgy eggshell.

Looking for healthy Easter basket ideas? Fill up your Easter basket with these healthier chocolate eggs and stay on track with your weight loss meal plan. You can also double up the recipe and serve this chocolate-covered goodness to your family and friends. Create a tray of festive healthy holiday desserts by arranging this vanilla cream-filled treat among colorful Easter grass and other sweet treats. Your guests will be ecstatic when you tell them how nutritious they really are!

To prepare these healthy holiday Easter eggs, get started by prepping your vanilla cashew cream. First, soak a half-cup of cashews in a bowl filled with water for at least an hour. This will soften up the nuts and allow them to blend into a decadent filling. While your cashews are soaking, melt a half-cup of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. The best way to do this is to microwave in 25 second increments, stirring in between to prevent burning the chocolate. Pour a small amount of the melted chocolate into an egg-shaped plastic or silicone mold. Ensure that all sides are coated with chocolate and place it into the freezer for 15 minutes. vanilla cream healthy easter eggs

Now that your cashews are ready to be transformed into the rich, creamy center, place them in a blender with a quarter-cup of water, a half-teaspoon of vanilla extract and one tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powder. Blend until a smooth, creamy mixture forms. Once the chocolate in the mold has set, spoon an equal amount of the cashew vanilla cream into the center of each egg. Melt the remaining half-cup of chocolate chips and pour it into the mold over the vanilla cream. Place the chocolate-covered egg candies into the freezer to set for at least one hour. Store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator until the holiday arrives!

Please note that if you don’t have a festive egg-shaped mold, you can prepare your chocolates in a mini muffin tin or by hand. If you’re making them by hand, let your filling harden in the fridge or freezer beforehand so that it is easier to shape into eggs. You can then simply dunk the eggs into the melted chocolate and freeze them on a baking sheet.

If you’re having trouble finding a healthy protein powder that fits into your weight loss plan, we’re here to help! Nutrisystem Vanilla Protein and Probiotic Shake Mix is packed with protein, fiber and probiotics to deliver powerful nutrition in every delicious drop. One serving contains a whopping 15 grams of protein, six grams of dietary fiber and just 120 calories. Chocolate lover? Nix the vanilla extract and create Double Chocolate Cream Easter Eggs by swapping in our Chocolate Protein and Probiotic Shake Mix. Click here to stock up on delicious and nutritious shakes! >

Healthy Hack: Whether your vegan, lactose intolerant or just trying to avoid dairy, you can easily make this healthy Easter candy fit your needs. By simply swapping out the whey protein powder with a dairy-free alternative, you can enjoy a creamy, dreamy chocolate covered Easter egg that works for you. Check out your local grocery and health food stores for a shake mix made from soy, rice or pea protein. These types of products are becoming more common at the average grocery market.

One serving of these Vanilla Cream Easter Eggs contains 105 calories and counts as three Extras on the Nutrisystem program. You are allotted three Extras each day on your weight loss meal plan, so it’s important to keep track of them for the best results. Log your healthy Easter candy into the NuMi app to ensure you don’t exceed your daily allowance. Click here to quickly log this recipe into your NuMi journal. >

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If you’re planning on hitting the road this holiday, you might be worried about how you will stick to your healthy eating plan. It can be easy to go off track when your normal schedule is disrupted. Survive your busy travel schedule and stay on track with all of your weight loss efforts. Check out our six simple steps to surviving the holiday slim-down style! >

Looking for more diet-friendly sweets for your healthy Easter basket ideas? Get inspired by these other light and healthy chocolate recipes!:

Spoil yourself this holiday with your favorite Nutrisystem treats and sweets! Stock up your Easter basket and pantry with ready-to-go snacks that make dieting easier. Check out the Nutrisystem A La Carte store for our delicious NutriChocolates, Sweet and Salty Snack Mix, Lemon Cooler Cookie and Milk Chocolate Flavored Pretzels. Click here to fill your kitchen with healthy snacks! >

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Servings: 14 (1 egg = 1 serving)

Calories per Serving: 105

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 3 Extras

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Special Equipment
  • Egg-shaped plastic or silicone mold

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl filled with water for at least an hour.
  2. Melt half the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 25 seconds at a time until melted, stirring in between.
  3. Pour a small amount of melted chocolate into the mold, ensuring all sides are coated with chocolate. Place in the freezer to set for 15 minutes.
  4. Drain the cashews and place them in a blender with ¼ cup of water, vanilla extract and vanilla protein powder. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  5. Once the chocolate in the mold has set, spoon the cashew vanilla cream into the middle of each egg.
  6. Melt the remaining chocolate chips and pour it into the mold over the vanilla cream. Place the eggs in the freezer to set for at least 1 hour.
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