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Healthy Easter Treats for Africans in the Diaspora 

With these healthy Easter treat options, you can indulge in the sweet flavors of the holiday without compromising your dietary goals. 
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Easter is hopping around the corner, and for Africans in the diaspora, it’s time to trade in the usual chocolate bunnies and sugar-laden peeps for some treats. Let’s embark on a culinary safari that’ll make your taste buds do the Azonto

You find yourself at an Easter celebration, and Auntie Ngozi surprises everyone with her famous jollof rice. However, this time she has made it with brown rice and quinoa. 

“What kind of magic is this?” you exclaim. But don’t worry, because this is just the beginning of a culinary adventure where traditional flavors meet healthy modifications.

From perfectly air-fried plantain chips to refreshing agbalumo (African star apple) smoothies packed with vitamins, get ready to indulge in a variety of delicious treats that will make both your taste buds and your waistline happy. 

So, loosen up those vibrant wax print trousers and prepare yourself for a nourishing and nostalgic feast!

The Love Central - Healthy Easter Treats for Africans in the Diaspora
Coconut macaroons are a popular dessert in many African countries Image source Freepik

1. Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons are a popular dessert in many African countries, and they can be easily adapted to create a healthier version for Easter. To make coconut macaroons, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix the shredded coconut, coconut flour, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until fully combined.

5. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form small balls of the mixture and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the macaroons are golden brown.

7. Allow them to cool before serving.

2. Chocolate-Dipped Fruits

Chocolate-dipped fruits are a simple yet elegant treat that can be customized with various African-inspired toppings. To make chocolate-dipped fruits, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc.)
  • Toppings of your choice (shredded coconut, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc.)

Instructions

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until fully melted and smooth.

3. Dip your choice of fresh fruit into the melted chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off.

4. Sprinkle your chosen toppings onto the chocolate-dipped fruit and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.

5. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.

3. Plantain Chips

Plantain chips are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional potato chips. They can be served as a snack or used as a base for various toppings, such as avocado or salsa. To make plantain chips, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Peel the plantains and slice them into thin rounds.

3. In a large bowl, toss the plantain slices with the melted coconut oil and salt.

4. Arrange the plantain slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy, flipping them halfway through.

6. Allow them to cool before serving.

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A tropical fruit salad is a refreshing and nutritious treat that can be enjoyed as a dessert Image source Freepik

4. Tropical Fruit Salad

A tropical fruit salad is a refreshing and nutritious treat that can be enjoyed as a dessert or a light snack. To make a tropical fruit salad, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 pineapple, diced
  • 1 papaya, diced
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh passion fruit pulp
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, combine the diced mango, pineapple, papaya, and sliced banana.

2. Add the fresh passion fruit pulp and honey (if using) to the fruit mixture and stir gently to combine.

3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Conclusion: Healthy Easter Treats for Africans in the Diaspora 

With these healthy Easter treat options, you can indulge in the sweet flavors of the holiday without compromising your dietary goals. 

Incorporating African-inspired ingredients and flavors adds a unique twist to these classic treats, making them perfect for Africans living in the diaspora. 

So, this Easter, treat yourself and your loved ones to these delicious and nutritious goodies that celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Africa.

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