This dairy free version of a Cadbury creme egg made with dark chocolate and cashews is tasty and nutritious. The cashews are a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and protein and the raw, unprocessed cocoa powder is packed full of antioxidants and magnesium. Both of which are excellent for heart health. Combined, these ingredients make for an intensely chocolatey, super nutritious Easter treat. So, if you are lactose intolerant, wary of your health or watching your calorie intake and have to miss out on all that’s on offer in the shops right now, give this easy healthy creme egg recipe a go!
Please note that the cashews need to be soaked for a few hours prior to making this.
To make your chocolate eggs, use moulds in the shape of half an egg. Alternatively use ice cube trays for solid chocolate bite-sized treats.
Ingredients for approximately 4 half eggs (Kinder egg size):
2 heaped tbsp of raw virgin coconut oil
1 – 2 tbps of raw cocoa powder (depending how chocolatey you like it)
2 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1. Melt the coconut on low heat. Take off the heat and add all other ingredients.
2. Pour the mixture in your egg moulds and leave to set in the fridge or freezer until solid (approx 10- 15 mins)
Ingredients to fill approx 4 half eggs:
100g raw cashews (soaked in warm water for several hours, then drained & rinsed)
1 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
50ml coconut cream (or you can use water for a fluffier, less creamy texture)
1. Blitz all ingredients in a high speed blender until a smooth cream has formed.
2. Take your chocolate eggs out of the fridge and fill or top these with the cashew cream. Carefully sprinkle some gold dust over the top for a luxurious look and serve with a hot cuppa!
For more wheat, dairy and refined-sugar free recipes, do check out Fuel For Life, the nutrition bible I’ve just written with Bear Grylls or contact me for details of my upcoming nutritional courses.
Kay van Beersum
Kay is a qualified and registered nutritional therapist and co-author of Bear Grylls’ nutrition bible Fuel for Life, available at Hungerford Bookshop and all major bookshops. Kay teaches nutrition courses and healthy cookery days in Berkshire and Wiltshire. For more information on the next available course, please email Kay at [email protected]
Photo credit: Emma Myrtle (portrait of Bear and Kay)