Why is it that most holidays involve candy?! SO. MUCH. CANDY!!! I was at the store shopping for goodies for my girls’ Easter baskets and all of the candy I was seeing said “chocolate flavored candy”. Gross! There wasn’t even real chocolate in it! I wasn’t interested in getting a lot of candy for the girls anyways because, hello, they’re not even two yet. They don’t need that crap. But, a cute little chocolate Easter bunny is always fun right?!
I got some other non-chocolate candies and the ridiculous chocolate “flavored” bunny mostly for looks and the tradition of it. Their basket is full of other things like bubbles and stickers and side walk chalk! They’ll love it! I’m excited for them to find them.
When I was younger and got an Easter basket, the Easter Bunny would hide them and my younger brothers and I would have to wait at the top of the stairs until my dad was ready with the video camera. Then we’d get the go ahead and all start running around the house looking for our baskets. It was a good time.
I remember that one of the things that we always got when we were really young was a kite, which was so fun, and then when we were older, movie tickets. I loved those memories of those traditions. They were things that allowed us to do fun things as a family.
We also had this one “golden egg” that had a special “treat” inside that was usually money. After we all found our baskets we scoured the house for all the colorful plastic eggs full of candy and that one “golden egg.” They hid that one real good. It was a tough one to find.
I can’t wait to start different traditions like these with our girls. They’re still too young right now to understand everything that’s going on or to remember, but I’m so excited to see their faces when they find their Easter baskets. They will have so much fun finding new toys to play with!
Obviously Justin and I don’t have Easter baskets, and that’s totally ok. But I still wanted to have a little treat for myself so that I’m not tempted by all the sugar the girls will have in their basket. So I decided to get creative and come up with something sweet for myself.
I had found some recipes for some different kind of coconut treats so I took a little from each one and came up with these chocolate covered coconut bon bons and I’m in love! They remind me a little of an Almond Joy candy bar, with out the almond… I guess that would be a Mounds candy bar then right? But they’re not full of sugar and other random crap that isn’t good for you!
The only problem I had was with the chocolate coating. I used 100% chocolate and wanted to sweeten it with honey or maple syrup. That didn’t work out so well for me and my chocolate seized up. So the second time around I added stevia to the chocolate instead. That worked much better but it didn’t dissolve as much as I wanted to so it is slightly grainy. But you really can’t tell when you bite into one of these sweet coconutty morsels of goodness!
And instead of tossing the seized chocolate out I added some almond butter and a little bit of maple syrup to it and used that as a filling for more bon bons! I just rolled it into small balls and put them in the freezer to harden and then dipped them in the leftover chocolate from the coconut bon bons!
Now Justin and I have our own little Easter treat and they are so much better than any of the candy I could buy in the store! Justin may not agree that it’s 100% better than anything I could buy in the store, but it’s what he’s getting soooo… it’s better than nothing right! Haha.
Coconut Bon Bons
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey (use less or more depending on how sweet you would like it)
- 4oz of 100% chocolate
- 1 TBS Stevia
- Mix coconut oil and honey in a medium sized bowl. Add shredded coconut and mix.
- Roll coconut mixture into small quarter sized balls and place on a small cookie sheet.
- Place cookie sheet in freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Add stevia and microwave for additional 30 seconds or until chocolate is completely melted. Stir to help stevia dissolve.
- Dip coconut balls in chocolate to coat and place back on the cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in freezer for another 10-15 minutes.
I like to keep them in the fridge and enjoy them cold but they can be left out too and will be fine.
What are your favorite Easter traditions and treats?