Was that the name of the musical or just one of the songs? I don’t remember ;-)
At any rate we are coming up on yet another wonderful holiday which has been transformed from a celebration of renewal, life and goodness into yet another opportunity to stuff candy in all colors of the rainbow and all textures imaginable into our gullets. Okay, that’s a little harsh, we will stuff other things into our gullets as well…. personally I’m hoping for some asparagus.
But can our children truly appreciate the deeper meanings of the day and the time with friends and family while glazed over with sugar inside and out? Well maybe they can, but I certainly can’t and it makes me hyperventilate just thinking about it! Whew. Caught my breath, clearly it’s time to stop ranting and share something meaningful here.
Like fruit! Fruit is meaningful and wonderful and full of life and juice (usually). It grows on trees, bushes, canes, vines… and in baskets! You’ve seen fruit baskets right? Incredible how the different varieties can grow from the same basket. And baskets fit in perfectly with Easter! So am I suggesting that you give your children fruit baskets for Easter? Ha! Even I am not that much of a nave fool. I am however going to suggest that you make a fruit dessert. Why not? And if you really wanted to, you could substitute some of the candy for interesting or exotic fruits in the basket and I wouldn’t tell a soul.
I found all manner of suggestions – all of which are fast and easy – with presenting fruit in a fancy dessert-like way. I decided to find a way to make a dairy free fruit dip / cream that could be used with any fruit to make it fancier. That recipe follows and then the list. In addition, Little Sis has some creamy, dairy free fruit zipper-upper in her nectarine pie. Check that one out as well!
Mine is sweet orange sunflower dip
1 cup raw sunflower seeds soaked for at least 6 hours in 2 cups of water
zest from 1/2 – 1 orange. Zest is a little tart, so if you are wary, start with 1/2 and add more if you want
juice from 1 orange (was a bit less than 1/4 cup if you have juice in the frig)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Place all ingredients in food processor and run it for a few minutes until well combined. Scrape down the sides a few times to catch the errant seeds.
Serve with fruit. My 13 year old enjoyed this and didn’t do his usual, can I have some dessert after eating it, so it did the trick!
So here is a list of fancy sounding, delicious looking and easy fruit desserts that you might serve up on Easter, or on any day! I am intrigued by the idea of just broiling some fruit (like pineapple or mango) and it’s ready to go. You might put a little ice cream with it, but you might not, and if you did, at least there would be more fruit and less dessert on the plate, right?
Enjoy and have a rejuvenating and wonderful celebration of the return of spring and the power of goodness and love.