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Easter Tips

We know that holidays can sometimes be a stressful time of year for parents of children with an EGID and multiple food allergies. There are many things we can all do to make Easter enjoyable for the whole family. 


Here are some tips to help you celebrate Easter:


  • Many online specialty shops such as those listed on our Allergy Friendly Foods page sell allergy friendly treats, dairy free/gluten free/soy free/nut free Easter eggs, hot cross buns or specialty items to help make your own safe treats like moulds etc.
  • Use plastic bunny or Easter egg moulds to make safe marshmallow, chocolate or jelly treats, or use Easter cookie cutters with your favourite safe biscuit recipe. Check out the links on our Allergy Friendly Recipes page to search for some recipe ideas.
  • Buy fillable plastic eggs and fill with safe edible treats, stickers, small toys, coins for older children etc. You can put them in their Easter basket or hide them around the house or yard for a fun Easter treasure hunt. These are readily available at most dollar stores and department stores.
  • Use fillable plastic eggs to hide notes inside, or hide the note clues around the house or backyard to lead to a bigger Easter gift. There are lots of fun treasure hunt ideas on the internet if you are stuck for ideas! 
  • Make Easter baskets filled with non-food items such as stuffed toys, cars, books, colouring and craft sets, gift cards etc., Try wrapping the gifts in cellophane or foil.  
  • Buy plastic, plaster or polystyrene foam eggs from dollar stores or craft shops and have your child help you decorate them with paint, markers, stickers, glitter etc.
  • Check out the Easter 'Egg' Stones - non food 'eggs' for Easter egg hunts from Ally.G.Ed
  • In recent years there has been an increase in non-dairy and nut-free chocolate Easter products on the market – visit our Facebook page Australian Allergy Friendly Finds for some suggestions of products we’ve found this Easter!
  • Speak to your child's school or preschool early! Offer up ideas for how they can have fun without food or with allergy friendly food. Ask teachers and classrooms to have non-food parties or offer to bake the treats yourself for the class or arrange a fun craft activity with the class.
  • As an alternative to dyeing eggs, we like this idea of dyeing marshmallows from Nerdy Mamma
  • Have fun and look outside the square with it (or should we say basket!) Many parents are moving away from too many sugary sweets and will probably be grateful for your ideas!

We hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.


Got a tip you would like to share? Please Contact Us so we can include it on this page to help other parents.


Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients:
2 1/2 tsp dry yeast
3 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup sultanas
1 egg equiv. (i.e. Orgran ‘No Egg’ egg replacer)
2 tbs dairy-free margarine (i.e. Nuttelex)
310 ml water

Crosses:
1/2 cup plain flour
80 ml water
2 tsp sugar

Glaze:
2 tbs water
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp gelatine

Recipe method from Best Recipes where this recipe was sourced from.

Photo and recipe suggestion submitted by Markeeta.

 

Marshmallows

Ingredients:
1½ tablespoons gelatine
100ml cold water
pinch salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
140ml hot water
colouring (optional)
flavouring (optional)


Place gelatine, cold water, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Place sugar and hot water in a saucepan and bring to boiling point.
Pour over gelatine and stir until gelatine has dissolved.
Beat in a mixer until thick and white. Add colouring and flavouring whilst beating (if using).
Pour into a greased tray or moulds. Refrigerate until set.
Cut into squares and toss in coconut, toasted coconut or tapioca starch.


Recipe and photo contributed by Sarah.

 

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

250g Nuttelex
1 ¼ cups icing sugar
1 tsp Orgran ‘no egg’ egg replacer mixed with water
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 ½ cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder


In a bowl of electric mixer, using paddle attachment, cream together Nuttelex and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
Add in ‘no egg’ and vanilla essence, mix well.
Add combined flour and baking powder slowly, blend until all the flour is mixed in and the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
Remove dough from bowl, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for approx. 1 hour.
Roll out dough on floured surface to 1cm thick and cut out shapes.
Place cookies on greased baking trays and bake at 180C for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool before icing.

Tips for decorating with fondant (optional):
For icing roll out fondant on a clean bench dusted with icing sugar.
Cut out shape to match cookies.
Brush one side of fondant shape lightly with water to stick to baked cookie.
To add sprinkles, brush tops with a little water and press sprinkles onto fondant.


Recipe and photo contributed by Kathleen.

 

Coconut Ice

Ingredients:

2 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
Pinch salt
1 cup desiccated coconut


Put first four ingredients into a medium saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
Boil for 7 minutes.
Add desiccated coconut and boil for another minute.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Beat by hand until thick.
Pour half the mixture into a lined bar tin and press out. Add pink food colouring to remaining mixture and pour it over the white mixture. You need to work quickly or it will set!
Refrigerate until firm and then cut into squares to serve.


Recipe and photo contributed by Marion.

 

Chocolate Bird Nests

Ingredients:

Dairy free chocolate 

Desiccated Coconut (you can also use Chang’s gluten free fried rice noodles, bran sticks, shredded coconut etc. depending on what you can eat)

Mini fluffy chicks or safe candy/jelly beans to decorate


Melt chocolate in the microwave or with a double boiler.

Add enough coconut/crunchy noodles/bran sticks to the melted chocolate to reach a good consistency to all be coated by the chocolate and mix well.

Cover a cupcake or tartlet tray with cling wrap. 

Put the chocolate nest mix in the tray and press down with a spoon to make little nest shapes or alternatively make little clusters on a lined biscuit tray.

Decorate the nests with the candy/jelly beans if using to look like eggs. 

Refrigerate until set. 

If using mini fluffy chicks, decorate after they are set.


Tip: If you don’t have a safe chocolate option you can use melted marshmallows to bind the coconut/noodles/bran sticks together to make the nests.


Photo and recipe suggestion submitted by Sarah.

 

Easter Celebration Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups self raising flour

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 tsp Orgran ‘no egg’ egg replacer (recipe also works without but is a little crumbly)

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup of milk (i.e. dairy free milk or any suitable)

1/2 cup oil (i.e. rice bran oil or any suitable)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbs coffee

1 cup boiling water 


Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Add milk, vanilla and oil and mix well .

Mix coffee in boiling water and mix well into cake mix.

Pour into 2 greased and lined 20cm round cake pans and bake at 180 degrees celsius for 30-40 mins until cooked when tested.

Allow to cool before icing.


Buttercream Icing:

250g Nuttelex

500g icing sugar

50ml water

Cream together until light and creamy in texture.

Ice and decorate cooled cake as desired.


Recipe and photo contributed by Kathleen.

 

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Unless stated otherwise, advice offered on this page is from the Principal Author, who is non-medically qualified, however the medical content on this site has been reviewed for accuracy by our Medical Advisory Board.

Page last modified: 13 April, 2020