Christmas is without a doubt, my favorite holiday to celebrate. Easter is a close second. The only thing that’s better than celebrating our Savior coming to live among us is celebrating His victory over death when He died and rose again!
In addition to the reason for the season, I love the nostalgia and tradition tied to this holiday. My mom would always let me pick out a fancy new dress to wear to on Easter Sunday. Our church had a “Sunrise Service” Sunday morning that literally began at sunrise. We had to wake at the crack of dawn to attend, but I never had any trouble getting up on those mornings because I got to wear my new Sunday dress, our church service was held outside at sunrise (cold…but fun), and there was always a BIG potluck breakfast to look forward to when the service ended! And then of course…egg dying and Easter baskets! Lots of fun memories and highly anticipated events.
Many of these traditions have carried on with our family…the egg dying, the pastel baskets filled with trinkets and goodies, the flowery, fancy dresses for my girls, Easter Sunday service (although not quite as early as sunrise)… but we’ve also adopted some new ways of celebrating into our Easter season.
No Bake Easter Egg Cookies
If you know me, you know I’m always on the hunt for enjoying treats in a healthier way. Doesn’t have to be complex… a few tweaks here and there and you’ve got yourself a tasty, friendlier ingredient treat! These fruity easter cookies are delish and require no baking! The recipe is basically a spin off of peanut butter oat protein balls (if you’ve ever made them before), is super simple and easy to get little hands involved in the making.
- 2 C rolled oats separated (I use this brand because they are certified glyphosate free)
- 1 C creamy nut butter (we usually use peanut butter)
- ¼ C honey
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ C ground flax seeds (optional for extra fiber)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ C Greek yogurt
- ¼ C diary free cream cheese (we like this brand)
- 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Various fruit diced into small pieces (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, grapes)
- Optional – raisins and chocolate chips
- Place 1 cup of the rolled oats into a blender and blend until it has a flour like texture.
- Combine the oat flour with the ground flax seeds.
- In a large bowl add the nut butter, honey, vanilla and salt and stir together until fully combined.
- Fold the other cup of whole rolled oats into the nut butter mixture.
- Gradually stir in the blended oat flour & flax seed mixture into the bowl until you are able to form the mixture into balls without it falling apart.
- Once you have the desired texture, take about 2 tbsp worth of the mixture, drop onto a tray lined with parchment paper, form into balls and then press down to create your egg shapes.
- I like to place the cookies in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hr to 1 hr to give them a bit more solid form and sturdier texture.
- For the icing, use a hand mixer (or just stir together by hand if the cream cheese has softened) mix together the yogurt, cream cheese, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Spoon the yogurt icing on top of your egg cookies and spread evenly.
- Top with the diced fruit, raisins and chocolate chips of your choice!
Easter Scavenger Hunt
Easter baskets are so fun to create, fun to give and even more fun to make the recipient work for their basket surprise! If you’re looking for an easy, minimal prep and free activity that your kids (and adults- yes adults can have Easter baskets too ;)) will absolutely love, grab my FREE printable Easter Scavenger Hunt in this post HERE. You can use the clues to hunt for any prize (not just Easter baskets). Just download and print the clue cards and follow the instructions for hiding the clue cards and the grand finale prize!
This is a newer tradition we recently incorporated into our Easter family fun and we all have a blast with it! I love seeing the anticipation build as our kids go from clue to clue on a search for their baskets and they seriously love the fun challenge.
When my kids were first introduced to resurrection eggs at our last church, I thought the idea was absolutely brilliant! It’s such a simple but interactive and engaging activity that will get the whole family talking about the significance and true meaning of Easter. All you need is an empty egg carton, 12 plastic Easter eggs and a few materials that you most likely have laying around your house or outside in the yard. Check out this entire activity and get a free printable of cards to use along with the item in each egg over HERE in this post. The cards help to explain the significance of the item in each egg and contains a Scripture verse reference for each part of the resurrection story.
Local Easter Family Events
If you’re looking for some local community Easter holiday fun, check out these websites!
You can search by whichever city is closest to your home and browse local events happening near you!
Welp, that’s a wrap my friends! I hope your Easter is filled with sunshine, warmth, lots of pastel and all the joy and new life that comes with spring!
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