A dozen delicious ways for plant-based folk to tuck into the treats this Easter.

Milk chocolate Easter eggs, butter-slathered hot cross buns and egg-rich Simnel cake: Easter treats can be a minefield for plant-based eaters. But never fear. This spring we have made like the beneficent Easter bunny and compiled a round-up of twelve shop-bought dishes for your Easter Sunday lunch, from dairy-free chocolate eggs to recipes to try yourself to vegan mains to a DIY twist on a classic Easter confection. Happy eating this Easter!

Main Image: A Virtual Vegan

Vegan Hot Cross Bun Recipe


BBC Good Food


Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without a hot cross bun. This classic recipe from BBC Good Food omits none of the spiced fruit taste and features a zing of citrus and vegan-friendly ingredients – including, of course, the obligatory cross on top.

Dark Chocolate Bunnies


Hotel Chocolat


These 70 per cent dark chocolate bunnies are perfect for a vegan friendly Easter egg hunt. Velvety, intense and moulded from solid chocolate, they’re the perfect topper for an Easter-themed chocolate cake, too.

Honeycomb Studded Easter Egg


Chococo


Chococo’s 67 per cent Madagascan dark chocolate egg is hiding a sweet secret: inside its shell it is studded with hefty chunks of honeycomb made with agave nectar, while the outer surface is burnished with edible silver shimmer. Pretty, inside and out.

Rose and Violet Dark Chocolate Egg


Rococo Chocolates


Spring blooms come in chocolate form at Rococo, with its bestselling rose and violet creams encased in a rich, dark chocolate egg. The fondants contain fragrant essential oils topped with crystallised petals, all wrapped in Rococo signature print box.

Vegan Decorated Easter Cookies


Vegan Family Recipes


Looking for something to do with keen little cooks over the Easter holidays? These simple, vegan Easter cookies contain just a handful of ingredients, plus the recipe gives innovative ideas for natural food colourings, from beets to turmeric. Add a hole in the top of each biscuit and use as decorations for your Easter Table centrepiece.

Vegan Crème Eggs


A Virtual Vegan


A plant-based take on that retro Easter confection, the Crème Egg, this easy-to-follow recipe feels nostalgic but with a modern twist. A thoughtful homemade Easter gift for a vegan friend hankering after a taste of their youth.

Vegan Chocolate Truffles


Booja Booja


Hand-painted in Kashmir, India, Booja Booja’s beautiful papier mache eggshells house their dairy, gluten and soya-free organic truffles. The intense, nutty Hazelnut Crunch has won no fewer than thirty-two awards and definitely live up to expectations.

Vegan Pie


BBC Good Food


While you probably won’t be entertaining over the Easter weekend, if you’re bubbled up with a vegan this satisfying root veg pie is the perfect alternative to traditional lamb with your roast. Filled with rainbow layers of beetroot, sweet potato, chard and celeriac, it’s great coupled with spring greens and new-season potatoes.

Vegan Croissants


Sainsbury’s


If you want to lay on a special breakfast spread for Easter, don’t scrimp on the pastries just because you’re swerving dairy. These vegan croissants from La Boulangere have all the pillowy deliciousness of the all-butter French breakfast treat, and are perfect to fuel you up for that egg hunt.

Vegan Nut Roast


Morrisons


This is another great option if you’re looking for an alternative to roast on Easter Sunday. Clive’s Vegan Nut Loaf is filled with fresh vegetables, herbs and seeds – far from the usual generic brown brick you think of when nut roast is mentioned. Fragrant and full of texture, it feeds two and makes the perfect lockdown portion to celebrate Easter, meat-free.

Strawberry Easter Egg


Melt Chocolates


A work of art in chocolate, Melt’s Strawberry Easter egg is handcrafted with real strawberries and 70 per cent dark chocolate, while the green tip is made using passion fruit chocolate. A fun and fruity alternative to the usual Easter sugar overload.

Cocoba Easter Egg Hot Chocolate Bombes


Cocoba


Drop one of Cocoba’s hot chocolate Easter egg bombes into the bottom of a mug, pour over warmed plant milk and watch the dairy-free milk chocolate shell melt away and a surprise vegan marshmallows bob to the top. A great idea to come home to after a bracing Easter walk.

By Lydia Mansi
March 2021

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