Now that spring break and Saint Patrick’s Day have come and gone, for many of us it’s time to start thinking about Easter. If you are anything like me, you may not have a lot of time on your hands to get all cute and crafty for every single holiday and celebration. I also like to keep things simple and would rather not spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
For those of you who can relate, here are five quick and easy Easter snacks:
1. Bunny Pancakes
On the weekends, when we are not rushed to be somewhere, my family loves pancakes for breakfast. I usually use the Pearl Milling Company mix because it is easy to find at the store, but I bought some of Grandpa’s Favorite Mix when we were in Helen, GA last fall and it is so good! However, you can use any pancake mix that you prefer. All you do is prepare the mix like you usually do and just make big circles and small circles. Then, shape it into a bunny tail with some chocolate chips and whipped cream!
2. Peeps Fruit Kabobs
Even if you are not a huge fan of Peeps, these are super easy and your kids can even help make them. All you need is bunny Peeps (any color will work, but I use pink and yellow), kabob skewers, and fruit. I use purple grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberries. I made them for an Easter egg hunt party with some friends and these kabobs were a hit with all of the kids.
3. Peeps S’mores
With the cool spring weather, if you happen to have a bonfire, roast some Peeps instead of regular marshmallows to make s’mores! You will need Peeps, graham crackers, and Hershey bars. If you are not planning a spring bonfire, a variation of this is Peeps S’mores Dip. For the dip, you just need 2-4 cups of chocolate chips, Peeps (the chicks work best and I suggest using a variety of colors), and graham crackers (or any dippers such as fruit or pretzels). Use a round baking pan and grease it. Layer the chocolate chips evenly on the bottom, then place the Peeps on top and cover the chocolate chips. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F or until the chocolate is melted and the Peeps turn golden brown.
4. Bunny Trail Mix
The hardest part of this is finding and buying the ingredients. Other than that, it is really easy! All you have to do is combine the following: mini marshmallows, pastel M&Ms, Annie’s bunny grahams, roasted peanuts, pink goldfish, and vanilla yogurt covered raisins. A variation of this is Bunny Bait, which requires a few extra steps. You will need popcorn, pretzels, pastels M&Ms, mini marshmallows, pastel sprinkles, and white candy melts. Add popcorn and pretzels to a large bowl, melt the candy melts according to the package and pour over the popcorn mix. Then, use tongs to toss evenly to coat the popcorn and pretzels. Add in marshmallows, M&Ms and sprinkles and use the tongs again to coat evenly. Let it sit for 30 minutes before serving.
5. Pretzel Bites
There are so many variations of these for Easter and they are so easy that your kids can even help. You will need square or mini pretzels, pastel M&Ms, and one of the following: Hershey’s Hugs, Hershey’s kisses, or white chocolate melts. Line the pretzels onto a baking sheet. Place a Hershey kiss, Hershey Hug or white chocolate melt onto the center of each pretzel. Bake at 200F for 4 to 5 minutes or until the chocolate is soft. Remove from the oven and place a single M&M into the center of the chocolate, place three M&Ms into the shape of a bunny, or place seven M&Ms into the shape of a flower. You will have to work quickly so the chocolate does not get too hard. The mini pretzels work best for the bunny and the squares work best for the other designs. Place the M&Ms face down so the M does not show. Another variation of this if you are making pretzel bites with just one M&M, is swapping out the M&Ms for Cadbury mini eggs.
We can Google and Pinterest lots of fun recipes, but sometimes they are too complicated and it can be difficult to find recipes with few ingredients and few steps. I hope you will find these recipes quick, easy, and helpful.