Strawberry Crème Easter Eggs (Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Candida-Friendly with Nut-Free Option)

[A perfect confection for adults AND kids! A vegan sweet treat, Strawberry Creme Easter Eggs are also sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan Cream filled Easter Eggs

Like most kids, I adored sweet treats; holidays; and all manner of baby animals (well, except reptilian ones, that is).

So, when Easter rolled around each year–a holiday that allowed me to feast on chocolate in the shape of baby animals–well, I was overjoyed!

Now that I’m, ahem, a wee bit older, I find I begrudge the kids having all the fun. I mean, don’t adults deserve to enjoy the holidays by feasting on chocolate, too? Or to fuss over baby animals? (“We’re not babies any more, Mum, but you sure can fuss over us any time you like.“).

Although I personally could easily consume chocolate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and palate cleansers in between courses, the HH isn’t quite so enamored. While he does appreciate a good 70% cacao chocolate bar (and this chocolate pate is one of his all-time favorite desserts), he wasn’t too fussy on my suggestion that we gift each other with chocolate bunnies or baskets of chocolate Easter eggs this year (and truth be told, if he had agreed, it would have been trouble for me: how would I shape my homemade chocolate into bunny shapes?).

Sugar-free, candida diet, vegan Strawberry Cream Easter Egg filling on rickiheller.com

[Egg fillings after being frozen for a few hours–ready for their final shaping and chocolate bath!]

Instead, the HH prefers something with a more “mature” feel to it (like wine). As for more “cultured” desserts, I considered pink-frosted donuts, coconut cream pie (the HH’s favorite) topped with pastel-colored coconut, or even trying to re-create the iconic Cadbury Creme Eggs (adapting this recipe, perhaps?). I’d already created a standard cream-filled egg here, so there was no need to revisit that idea.

Then I remembered the time, perhaps a decade ago, that the HH and I celebrated our anniversary, which just happens to fall close to Easter each year, by booking an overnight stay at a posh Toronto hotel (that’s right: we inadvertently invented the “staycation”!). As part of the hotel’s welcome, when we entered the room we were greeted with a cheese plate, half bottle of champagne, and a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries.

Candida diet, vegan, gluten-free strawberry cream Easter Eggs on rickiheller.com

Well, even back then, I had to forgo the champers (sob), but I do remember indulging in the berries. And man, there really is nothing quite like the marriage of juicy, ruby-red strawberries and silky smooth, deep and dark cacao. Drool.

So, in the end, I decided to combine those adult flavors with the kids’ delivery method in chocolate-covered eggs. These Strawberry Creme-filled eggs house a velvety, intensely fruity and slightly tart filling, with the bonus of a very substantial protein boost. As a perfect counterpoint to the sweet creme, the lustrous chocolate coating melts in your mouth slowly, releasing its slightly bitter, earthy undertones as you savor it.

All in all, this is the perfect adult snack. But hey, feel free to share with the kiddoes if you wish (though I won’t blame you if you decide not to).

Happy Easter!

Homemade sugar-free, dairy-free Easter Eggs

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  1. These look amazing, Ricki!

  2. they sound delicious – hope you have a wonderful easter with lots of chocolate and baby animals!

  3. Once again, a brilliant recipe! Love how you infused strawberry essence into these eggs, Ricki – and they look absolutely beautiful!

  4. Oh my goodness Ricki, these are an absolute dream! What a brilliant way to use strawberry jam.

  5. Oh yum! I made these yesterday and they were so easy and delicious. I love the soft creamy centre. I forwarded the link to this recipe to my sister as my niece is allergic to dairy. This will be so awesome for them this easter.

  6. Ricki,
    These are amazing! Well done!

  7. Oh, MY! These are just beautiful. Almost too beautiful to eat, but that won’t stop me!

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