So I am NOT the mom who buys Easter eggs and hot cross buns and chocolates for my kid. I had always thought I would be that mom, but the kid I got is allergic to dairy and egg and corn and gluten… So I am the mom who makes Easter treats for my kid while she is sleeping so that the Easter bunny can deliver. Dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, corn-free, sugar-free, allergy-friendly Easter here we come!
The hunt is on!
My childhood love for Easter was extreme. I always left out radishes and carrots for the Easter bunny, as well as a handmade letter declaring my love of chocolate and bunnies. The Easter bunny always ate my treats and left some bunny prints on my card. You can image the Easter I dreamed of creating for my own kids one day! Countdowns to Easter, bunny card making, Easter eggs hunts and chocolate overload. I needed to adjust my dream just a little bit and find a replacement for the chocolate for healthy and safety reasons. I would love my Easter to be sweet and delicious and edible! Here are my tips for an allergy-friendly Easter, without losing the sweetness and fun.
Get reusable plastic/tin Easter eggs
We don’t buy a single chocolate Easter egg. They all have dairy or egg or maize in them. Seriously, if you’ve found an allergy-friendly Easter egg please let me know! Instead, we use plastic eggs every year that we fill up with other delicious Easter treats. Woolworth this year are selling reusable glow in the dark eggs. We emptied out all the jelly beans (I guess Mom and Dad are just going to have to eat those!)
Choose delicious Easter fillers
Here are my favourite things to put inside our reusable Easter eggs:
- Dairy-free chocolate (make your own or buy some here)
- Fruit dipped in dairy-free chocolate
- Honey Marshmallows
- Coconut and Cacoa Date Balls
- Rocky Road: marshmallows mixed with dairy-free chocolate, hazelnuts and cranberries are our best!
Create Easter traditions
Even without devouring traditional chocolate eggs, there are so many traditions that allergy kids can do. It just takes a little more planing and preparation for us moms. Here’s what we do leading up to Easter:
- Visit bunnies
- Make the Easter Bunny a card
- Read the Easter story
- Prepare a basket for the Easter bunny (inside are our empty plastic eggs, our card and some bunny chow)
- Easter craft morning arranged by the Grandparents with all the cousins
- Make Easter-themed t-shirts for all the cousins (which always get really dirty on craft day!)
- Easter egg hunt at home. When she wakes up, she finds the empty basket and begins hunting for her plastic eggs! What deliciousness did the Easter bunny hide inside her plastic eggs this year?
- We can’t always avoid Easter egg hunts at school or church so I have made this deal with my daughter: for every Easter egg she finds, she can trade for one of the delicious fillers she is not allergic too. Obviously this means I have to be prepared beforehand to have some trade items on hand. She loves sharing the Easter eggs she can’t eat with her friends. This way she’s never left out of the fun of the hunt and the deliciousness.
This is sweeter than my dreams
Letting go of my old Easter chocolaty dreams has just been part of my parenting adventure. Before my daughter was born, I had all these fantasies about what parent I would be. I am learning to let go of the fantasies of that parent and open myself to becoming the parent my child needs me to be. She needs me to be dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, corn-free, sugar-free, and allergy-friendly! So I will be that parent who plans a little bit harder to make her life just as sweet as it can be.