It’s nearly Easter and we are still (sort of) locked down!
This may be our second Easter in lockdown yet here at Creative Nature we’re not down hearted. Easter traditionally, is the beginning of Spring, a time of hope, growth and the birth of young animals. Let’s hope that this Spring also brings us the promise of being able to go back to some normality over the following months.
Being in lockdown however, doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy some of the Easter celebrations.
Ideas for activities over lockdown-Easter:
1-Why not create an International Easter?
Choose some different countries that you have been to, or would like to visit, and where you like the food. You could have 3 different countries for the Easter weekend.
- Wear something that represents each specific country.
- Find a recipe that is easy to cook from that country.
- Perhaps, watch film about that country, or filmed there, and listen to music from that country too.
- Plan which countries you are going to choose, so that you can shop for the different foods before the weekend.
2- Adopt some traditions from around the world:
Germany: they decorate an Easter tree – with hand painted eggs hung along with other ornaments tissue paper flowers, or ribbons either in the garden, or in the house.
Finland and Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches and go around the neighbourhood in the hope of receiving chocolate (similar to Halloween.) In place of leaving the house, hide chocolate goodies around the house – leaving spell clues you create, for them to be found.
Below you can see the beautiful Paschal Eggs which are part of Lithuanian’s Easter celebrations!
3- Guessing game
Empty Gnawbles into a jar (make sure you count), then ask people to guess how many? The winner, wins the sweets. This could also be done with our latest product – our Bunny Droppings.
You would need to buy more than one jar, everyone else in the family would be disappointed not to get any to eat!
Easter is the time of new life, so have a family planting session. Either bulbs or existing flowers and transplant into the garden. A good way of using up old wellies that children have grown out of (particularly if they are colourful), make holes in the bottom, fill with compost and plant your flowers. They make unique planters for your garden!
As we’ve hinted we have a new product on the block. The perfect Easter gift for any child who has food allergies and can’t, has to be our new Bunny Droppings!
This is a fun, limited edition jar-full of our popular Gnawbles, or in Easter-language, ‘Bunny droppings’.
They’ll make a fantastic gift, specifically for people who can’t eat Easter Eggs, and for people who can! Top 14 Allergen free, they cater for everyone! Here are some recipes for you to try:
Double Choc Caramel Gnawble Crispy Cups
- 100g chocolate
- 2 x30g packs of Gnawbles or 1 x 75g share bag
- 50g Rice Crispies (or any cereal of your choice)
- 125g medjool dates
- 2 tps maca powder
- 2tbsp melted coconut oil/butter
- Dash of water
- Melt chocolate over hot water and combine with the Rice Crispies or cereal.
- Spoon evenly into a muffin baking tray and allow to set in the fridge for 20 mins.
- Whilst your rice crispy base is setting, blend together the dates, maca powder, coconut oil (or butter), and water in a food processor.
- Remove your crispy cups for the fridge once set, and layer with a generous dollop of your maca caramel and top with Gnawbles.
- Store in the fridge to allow the caramel to set and enjoy.
Chocolate Mini Egg Cake
- 1 pack Cacao Rich Chocolate Cake Baking mix
- 110ml vegetable oil (or 100g melted coconut oil)
Make following the method on packet.
- 130g Icing sugar (or powdered coconut sugar)
- 3 heaped tbsp Creative Nature Cacao Powder
- 80g dariy free spread
- Milk (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, but be very careful with the powdered sugar!
- If you want a thinner mix, add a splash of your favourite milk.
- Decorate with Gnawbles and Mini Eggs.
Hot Cross Cornbread Buns
- 1 Cornbread Baking Mix
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 small apple
- Handful goji berries, soaked
- Handful sultanas
- 50ml vegetable oil
- 200ml plant-based milk
- 80g apple sauce
- Pour the packet mix into a bowl and give a whisk to remove any lumps
- Add milk, oil and apple sauce to the centre and stir until combined.
- Toss in your dried fruit mix. Then pour the mixture into a greased 20cm baking tray and cook at 180 for 25 mins until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and once cooled, cut into approx. 9 pieces, and pipe a cross shape across the top with buttercream icing.
- Enjoy with golden syrup butter and a cup of tea.
Have a wonderful Easter, and remember, one jar of Bunny Droppings won’t be enough to celebrate Easter! You can find our bunny droppings here!