Family Matters: Get your tastebuds working

Nutritionist Hannah Bailey
Nutritionist Hannah Bailey
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Nutritionist Hannah Bailey, who runs wise Choice Nutrition, shares some ideas for family Easter treats

Easter is the perfect opportunity to spend some time with the family and try your hand at some baking. Not everything has to involve chocolate or be very unhealthy. As well as making the usual chocolate nests with mini eggs, how about trying some egg-shaped wholemeal cookies or rabbit-shaped jellies with fruit at the bottom?

For a non-edible activity, hard boil some eggs and then decorate the shells with paints.

If you’re looking for something savoury, why not make your own pizzas and shape them into Easter bunnies, then top with vegetables for their features? Making the base with wholemeal flour will also increase the fibre content. Serve with chopped vegetable sticks or sweet potato wedges and salad.

When you have had enough of eating and baking, head outdoors for a family Easter egg hunt or trip to the local park with a football, bikes or scooters to wear everyone out.

If the weather is cold and miserable, take a trip to the local swimming pool or play some indoor games.

Here are some Easter recipe ideas for the family to make together.

Egg-shaped cookies

55g porridge oats

75g wholemeal flour plus a little extra for dusting

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp mixed spice

½ tsp cinnamon

85g butter plus extra for greasing

55g apple sauce (jar)

1. Preheat oven to 190OC/Gas Mark 5 and grease and flour 2 baking sheets

2. Mix all the dry ingredients together then cream the butter in a bowl and beat in apple sauce a little at a time.

3. Fold in oat mix and place on baking sheet 5 cm apart

4. Flatten and bake for 15mins until turning golden leave to cool on baking tray and store in airtight container.

5. Once cool, decorate with icing if you wish.

Bunny-shaped pizza

175g plain wholemeal flour plus a little extra for rolling out

1 tsp salt

1 tsp easy blend dried yeast

120ml tepid water

Tomato puree

Grated cheese

Vegetables for topping

1. Sift the flour, salt and yeast into a large bowl and make a well in the centre then add the water. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon then your hand before wiping the bowl clean with the dough. If the dough is a little dry, add a drop of water and then transfer to a floured surface.

2. Knead for 3 minutes until it develops a sheen and the dough is soft and springy. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl and cover with lightly oiled clingfilm. Leave to double in size then preheat the oven to 230OC/Gas Mark 8.

3. Lightly flour the work surface and take the dough out of the bowl to knock the air out of it by kneading for a few seconds. Roll to approximately a 10inch pizza base size then cut with your chosen shaped cutter. Top with your choice of toppings and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the dough is cooked.

Hannah’s website is www.wisechoicenutrition.co.uk and contains more tasty treats