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!

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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’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

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


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.

By Lydia Mansi
Updated April 2022

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