Easter Bunny Pancakes

The Empty Tomb & Carrot PanCakes

Matthew 28:5-6 (erv)

The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, the one who was killed on the cross. But he is not here. He has risen from death, as he said he would. Come and see the place where his body was.”

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All weekend, we’ve been talking about the days leading up to Jesus’ death, and the final moments He spent here on earth. But today is what matters, what really matters. Without His resurrection, His death wouldn’t have been anything more than a sad story.

But nothing changes the game more than that one phrase spoken by the angel: “He has risen from death, as he said he would.” The empty tomb means that everything Jesus spoke was and is true. It means forgiveness for our sins, a life of freedom, an eternity of relationship, and an unexplainable, unfailing love.

Jesus took the sins of the world and covered them with His blood. And on the third day, He was resurrected. That resurrection was the final blow in the battle. It was the knockout punch against the enemy.

But today isn’t just about eternity, it’s also about now. The war has been won, and death has been defeated. That’s not an idea or a possibility; it’s an absolute truth, proven by the empty grave. We’re no longer prisoners of war, we’re free to celebrate life. A life that was purchased at an incredibly high cost.

In kidnapping stories, we often read about the victims that are eventually given complete freedom in their day to day lives, yet they don’t run. They go to school and return “home” to their kidnappers. When we read these stories, it’s seems illogical, and so many of us ask the obvious question: why didn’t they leave? But it’s not really that obvious, is it?

It’s easy for me to call myself a Believer, but it’s difficult for me to live like one. Living in freedom isn’t effortless like it should be. Jesus broke the chains, yet so many of us are living like we’re still in captivity. We’re sitting on the floor of a prison cell, crying out for rescue. But if we would just look up, we’d see that we’re no longer looking at barbwire and electric fences. When we finally lift our eyes, we’ll realize that all we have in front of us is an empty tomb.

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What invisible chains are still keeping you captive? Does the empty tomb change your perspective on those things?

Pray

For someone who hasn’t yet experienced the freeing love and redeeming grace of Jesus.

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Carrot PanCakes

8 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

Serves 4 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup cooked carrots
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat skillet or griddle to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. If carrots aren't still warm and soft, microwave for 30-90 seconds
  3. Once warm, transfer carrots to a bowl and mash using a fork
  4. Add egg, apple sauce, almond milk, honey, and extract, raisins, and walnuts and continue mixing until combined
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined
  7. Spoon batter onto griddle and cook for 2 minutes on each side
  8. If creating pancake bunnies, be sure to create different size and shape pancakes for body, feet, and ears
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Tips & Tools

If you’re making Easter bunnies, you’ll want to create a large pancake, medium sized pancake, 2 small pancakes, and 2 long, thin pancakes for each bunny. Start by placing the medium size pancake on the upper center of the plate. Next, put the biggest pancake below it, overlapping just the very edges. Lay the 2 smallest pancakes at the base of the big pancake on either side. Add the long “ears” at the very top of the medium size pancake on either side. Finally, squirt a bit of whipped cream on the largest pancake as the bunny tail.

For this recipe, I used Reddi Whip Almond Milk whipped cream and it’s delightful.

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