It's traditional to bake a simnel cake or hot cross buns for Easter.
Easter recipes for hot cross buns, cakes and biscuits are full of exotic spices and tastes, wafting delicious tasting smells through your kitchen.
With food at this time full of sugar and carbohydrates, a little creativity will allow you to eat healthy food whilst enjoying traditional Easter fare.
Kids enjoy baking at Easter time, decorating eggs and dreaming of the Easter bunny delivering delicious chocolate eggs.
Why not cook up some of your favorite low-sugar cakes, adding drops of pretty yellow coloring and a few sprinkles to get into the Easter spirit?
Traditional cooking is full of white flour and carbs, and will need some adapting for a diabetic diet.
If you already have your favorite baking recipes, adapting your recipe by changing from white to ½ whole wheat (wholemeal), ½ white flour is a good move.
As a diabetic you'll still need to limit how many you eat, perhaps just a half a bun, but this adaptation should help manage your blood sugar levels better. Of course, the fact that it's homemade means it's full of flavour, so it's going to tasty incredibly yummy!
For an easier method, rather than attempting baking, buy wholemeal hot cross buns, halved and toasted, with a thin layer of real butter, for a special holiday treat. Easy & delicious !
If you're very keen to make your own spiced buns, here's the recipe that's full of flavour that we've used for years:-
This is a trusted favorite - take time to enjoy making these tasty buns, which make store-bought ones look like pale imitations of the real thing
Whilst the buns are baking, make a bun wash using 50g sugar and 75ml water. Boil until it looks thick and syrupy. Brush over freshly baked buns.
Serve warm or halved and toasted with butter.
For another, less sweet but very indulgent holiday treat, check out the sugar free chocolate cake recipe.
For a traditional dinner menu, serve roast lamb or baked ham, roast sweet potatoes & parsnips and heaps of fresh seasonal vegetables.
For dessert, serve a seasonal crumble pudding, or gently poach plums in red wine.
For kids with diabetes - jazz it up by asking family to give them a small non-chocolate gift to unwrap.
You can buy plain chocolate Easter eggs, if you want them to have a proper egg, but use small hollow eggs mixed with mini gifts for their Easter egg hunt.
Or use food coloring to paint boiled eggs in pretty shades or patterns and hide around the house and garden.
You may even find they prefer this kind of fun hunting!
The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin