Nut-Free “Reese’s” Eggs for Easter

Happy Easter!

Most people look forward to Easter for time with family and friends, and of course: lots of candy. However, if you have food allergies, those exact reasons for loving Easter can easily become your worst nightmare. This year, let’s try not to kill anyone with food allergies.

Chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs are an Easter classic, so I decided to try an easy DIY recipe by Taste of Home, but with one huge change – NO NUTS.

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Using a soy replacement for the peanut butter, and other ingredients that are allergen free, this recipe turns out absolutely delicious without being deadly. Feel free to try your hand at this, even after Easter. It’ll allow for you and/or anyone you know with allergies to enjoy a happy, harm-free holiday.

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Ingredients Needed:

  • 3/4 cup soy butter/other peanut butter substitute
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (not pictured)

 Directions

  1. In a bowl (I used a medium-sized glass bowl, which allowed for mixing without sticking), mix the soy butter, regular butter, and vanilla until it blends evenly. Gradually pour in the confectioners’ sugar and cracker crumbs as you stir.
  2. Shape the mixture into eggs (optional: use a deviled egg platter as your mold to easily shape the eggs). Place the eggs on waxed paper/aluminum foil sheets. IMG_0487.JPG
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a bowl. Stir until smooth and dip the eggs in the chocolate mixture until they’re fully coated. IMG_0488.JPG
  5. Return eggs to the baking sheets. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  6. Eat up!!! (There’s also the option of decorating the eggs with icing for added color and fun).IMG_0489.JPG

If you’re not the DIY type, I’ve still got you covered. Here are some sites with ready-made sweets that are safe to eat.

  • No Nuttin – This company makes super delicious allergen-free granola bars, for any day or occasion.
  • Peanut-Free Sweet Tooth – This blog offers a nice assortment of nut-free goodies, as well as further information about how to deal with allergens, allowing those with allergies to still celebrate their love for sweets.
  • Peeps – The Easter classic. No need to say more.

With these goodies, you won’t have to go nuts every Easter.

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