Easter is synonymous with eggs, chocolate bunnies, and pastel sugar coated marshmallow desserts—which may leave those who eschew animal products wondering how to celebrate without missing out on all the traditional aspects of this holiday. Luckily, there are ethical vegan alternatives for everything from egg dyeing to decadent Easter sunday brunch dishes, ensuring that you can indulge in all the sugar and fun the day has to offer.
Crafting the perfect Easter basket
Whether you’re putting a basket together for the child in your life or just for yourself, figuring out what to put in your vegan Easter basket can be a bit of a challenge. We’re loading ours with vegan Peeps, sans-gelatin, from Sweet and Sara, vegan Cadbury Cream style eggs from Vegan Treats, a giant chocolate egg stuffed with gluten-free “honeycomb” toffee from Moo Free, and a Benny the Milkless Bunny from No Whey Chocolate. If you’d rather not spend the time collecting all these decadent goodies to fill your basket, you can order The Lucky Bunny Easter basket from Vegan Treats, complete with a chocolate egg filled with handmade coconut cream and a strawberry white chocolate bunny pop.
Ethical alternatives to eggs
Dyeing Easter eggs is a long standing tradition, but the truth is, every conventional egg comes from a suffering hen—something no one wants to contribute to. You can choose to skip the dyeing process altogether or look for a more ethical alternative. Eggnots makes ceramic eggs that are not only an excellent replacement, but also non-perishable, and even come packaged in an egg carton look-alike. If you still want to be able to consume what you’re decorating, whip up some egg-shaped sugar cookies and decorate them with vegan royal icing and sprinkles. For a sustainable plastic-free alternative for Easter eggs hunts, make papier mache eggs from recyclable materials that can be used for years to come.
Easter morning is all about brunch, and while the traditional dishes you’d find on a holiday table are not usually animal-friendly, there are delicious vegan alternatives for everything—including the holiday ham. Impress your guests with a plant-based spread including Carrot Cake Waffles with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Quiche, Lemon Poppyseed Muffins with Lemon Curd, and mimosas. Replace the Easter ham with Tofurky’s Vegetarian Ham Style Roast glazed with Hopworks Urban Brewery beer glaze to really impress your guests, and then finish off the brunch feast with an Easter Lemon Sponge Cake.
Sarah McLaughlin is an Editorial Assistant for VegNews who is excited to impress her family with a homemade vegan Easter brunch this year.