Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Chocolate, peanut butter, and chia seeds. This recipe can do no wrong.
These Easter eggs require no baking and contain a wealth of protein and fiber, thanks to the peanut butter, chia seeds, and amaranth. Photograph by Carlene Thomas.
These Easter eggs require no baking and contain a wealth of protein and fiber, thanks to the peanut butter, chia seeds, and amaranth. Photograph by Carlene Thomas.

Regardless of whether you actually celebrate Easter, there’s one element we can all appreciate about this holiday: Easter egg candies. But while those Cadbury eggs are undeniably delicious, nutrition-wise they’re frighteningly unhealthy. One caramel Cadbury egg contains 190 calories and six grams of saturated fat. Yikes.

Enter local dietitian Carlene Thomas’s homemade Easter egg recipe to save the day. Thomas tells us she loves Reese’s Easter eggs but hates the ingredients. So she took matters into her own hands and invented this healthy chocolate chia peanut butter (a.k.a. protein-heavy) version instead. These homemade versions may contain a bit more calories than your average Cadbury egg, but they also contain a wealth of nutrients and good-for-you fats.

Servings: 16 eggs

Approximate nutrition per serving: 200 calories, 14 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated), 8.3 grams fiber, 9 grams protein, 36 grams sodium. 

Ingredients:
¼ cup peanut butter
1 cup amaranth
1½ scoops Vega chocolate protein powder
1½ cups finely chopped walnuts
¼ cup chia seeds

Directions:
1) Cook amaranth and allow to cool. Stir in peanut butter. (It helps if the peanut butter is warmed  in the microwave for a few seconds.)

2) In a food processor, grind protein powder, walnuts, and chia seeds to a fine texture. Pour blend into amaranth and stir.

3) Using a small spoon, scoop mixture and mold into 2-inch egg shapes using hands.

4) Freeze eggs on a tray and store in a resealable container in the freezer.

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