14 Healthier Takes on Traditional Easter RecipesMar 18, 2021
Many traditional Easter recipes — like glazed ham, chocolate eggs, and carrot cake — can be full of saturated fat and added sugars. What if you could enjoy those same delicious and festive recipes, but instead make them with wholesome ingredients that leave you feeling satisfied and energized?
These 14 tasty Easter recipes are sure to be a hit at your holiday dinner while still helping you maintain your healthy eating plan.
1. Healthier Deviled Egg
What’s an Easter dinner without deviled eggs? Try this healthier version. The creamy filling is made with reduced-fat cottage cheese instead of mayo, and a bit of sriracha gives it a pretty pastel orange hue that’s perfect for your Easter table.
2. Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Looking for vegan Easter recipes? With 307 calories per serving and 10 grams of protein, this scalloped potatoes recipe swaps out heavy cream for plant-based milk.
3. Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder
This succulent slow roasted lamb shoulder only contains a few ingredients, including onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh rosemary for savory flavor. It only requires 10 minutes of prep time, serves six, and is free of dairy, gluten, grains, and refined sugar.
4. Ham Salad
This Easter ham salad works as a delicious side dish or the perfect way to use your leftover Easter ham. Ready in just 10 minutes and flavored with cheese, dill pickles, and avocado oil mayonnaise, this salad contains 270 calories, 18 grams of protein, and no added sugar.
5. Vegan Nut Roast
This delicious and nutrient-dense nut loaf is a great vegan alternative to a traditional Easter ham recipe. It’s made with mushrooms, mixed nuts, bread crumbs, and seasonings, delivering 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber — and it can be ready in under an hour!
6. Roasted Carrot Hummus
This carrot hummus is the perfect Easter snack or festive appetizer. The carrots are pre-roasted with olive oil, garlic, and salt, and then blended together with sesame tahini, chickpeas, and lemon juice. Yum!
7. Pork Loin Roast
With around 200 calories and 31 grams of protein, this juicy and tender pork loin with a crispy and caramelized crust is a delicious main course for your Easter dinner menu. Replace the canola oil with avocado oil for a healthier cooking oil consisting of primarily monounsaturated fats.
8. Slow Roasted Cinnamon Carrots With Tahini Drizzle
Need a crowd-pleasing veggie side dish? Cooked low and slow on a sheet pan, these roasted cinnamon carrots are slightly caramelized and drizzled with a creamy, savory tahini sauce. Better yet, they have 8 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per serving!
9. Veggie Omelet Muffins
A balanced breakfast can help you avoid holiday overeating, and these omelet muffins are the perfect option! Made with mushrooms, turkey bacon, monounsaturated fats, and seasoning, they provide 23 grams of protein per serving.
10. Air Fryer Chicken Strips
These healthier chicken tenders get their crunch from a mix of almond flour, egg, and seasoning — and they’re cooked in an air fryer instead of deep-fried. Serve them as an appetizer, or as a main dish for your youngest Easter dinner guests.
11. Vegan Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is a classic Easter dessert recipe, and this gluten-free and vegan version is sure to become a household favorite. Sweetened with pitted dates and ripe banana, this recipe only has 230 calories per serving. Go easy on the frosting — a yummy blend of cashews, canned coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla.
12. Mini Pecan Pies
Need Easter dessert recipes that won’t mess with your diet goals? These bite-sized pies have all the buttery flavor of a traditional pecan pie with only 61 calories and 4 grams of sugar.
13. Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns
Looking for an alternative to buttery Easter bread? These gluten-free hot cross buns only contain 116 calories, 2 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of fat per serving — plus they provide 5 grams of protein and can be ready in less than an hour.
14. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nest Cookies
Many traditional Easter cookie recipes contain a boatload of sugar and calories. But these no-bake cookies — made with peanut butter, oat, honey, and coconut — only contain 6 grams of sugar and 140 calories. (Skip the candy eggs if you’re trying to cut back on added sugar.)