Easter is approaching fast and you've probably started looking at what you'll include in your vegan Easter meal. If not, you should start now! This post has some delicious vegan recipes that will make your planning, shopping and cooking an absolute breeze. I've also included some useful tips and tricks that will help you keep your Easter celebrations stress-free.
Easter is great, there's chocolate, feasts, easter egg hunts, the excitement of spring approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, great weather in South Africa, and cute baby animals being born. Did I mention chocolate too? Yum!
As a vegan, these celebrations can be difficult, but this list will help you plan and host a feast that will rival even a "traditional" Easter! Below is a list of some amazing vegan Easter recipes that will help you host a successful Easter holiday celebration. These recipes are tried and tested by some amazing bloggers, so you don't need to worry about them being a flop or tasting bland. But firstly, let’s go through some tips and answer some questions!
What do vegans get for Easter?
Besides the fact that vegans can't have animal products - no dairy, meat, fish or gelatine (just to name a few), we are still human and love to celebrate, eat and socialise.
- Easter Baskets are a great way to keep the traditions alive and make your family and friends feel treasured.
- Vegan gifts can be given in the form of vegan Easter chocolate and candies or luxurious body products from Lush.
- The feast can be vegan! Keep on reading to see some delicious vegan meal options!
Do vegans dye Easter eggs?
Yes! You can carry on the tradition by dyeing and painting ceramic or wooden Easter eggs! If you want some more options, check out PETA’s recommendations.
Can you get dairy free Easter eggs? Of course! There are tons of companies that are starting to make vegan chocolate! Even in South Africa we have 10 amazing chocolatiers that are selling vegan products. Search online for suppliers in your area, ask at your local health store or worst case scenario - make your own!
If you are having a South African Easter, check out this blog post to discover where I get my vegan Easter chocolate!
What activities can Vegans do on Easter?
- Paint ceramic or wooden eggs - Plastic eggs are also an option but obviously aren’t the best for environmental reasons.
- Bake Easter themed cookies - Vegan cookie dough will be safe to eat raw too!
- Cruelty-free Easter Egg Hunt! You can hide vegan sweets and chocolate around the house.
- Make your own “eggs” - These delicious Peanut Butter Balls can be made in an egg shaped mould to keep everything Easter themed.
- Invite family and friends over to celebrate the holidays together.
- Make up vegan gift baskets to give to family and friends - If you want some inspiration, check out this food gift basket guide!
How to have a stress free Easter weekend
- Plan your menu in advance. When you plan out and create your shopping list in advance you will feel a step ahead which will instantly reduce the stress of cooking and baking.
- Test out recipes before Easter. Making a recipe for the first time always takes a bit of concentration, and if you are cooking a few different dishes on the same day things can start getting stressful. I suggest trying some recipes before you have the added stress of having guests over.
- Start shopping for your ingredients before the rush. The last thing you need is the added stress of not being able to find an ingredient that you need! Start buying non-perishable supplies a week before the holidays to avoid the crowds and empty shelves and then go for a quick shop the day before to buy the fresh ingredients.
- Make as much in advance as possible. If you can make a certain dish in advance and keep it in the freezer or airtight container then do it! Anything you don’t need to think too much about on the day is a plus.
- Ask for help or delegate. If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask your guests for help! You can send them a recipe to make, ask for help in your own kitchen, or simply ask them to bring a premade side, main or dessert that is vegan friendly.
- Keep calm. It is so easy to start worrying about your time restraints, recipes choices, the state of the kitchen or guests opinions that you can easily take the joy out of the celebration for you, your family and friends. Remember, the best part of holidays is the gathering, obviously food plays a huge part, but the human element is what makes the celebration special. So, just stay calm, laugh and enjoy! If something doesn’t come out the way it should have (and there will always be something that will go wrong!) just breathe and let it go.
18 Amazing Vegan Easter Recipes
Check out the following delicious vegan recipes and plan your plant based Easter menu! I’ve included some of my favorite vegan side dishes, mains and desserts for you to choose from.
All of these delicious vegan Easter dishes are guaranteed to please any member of your gathering - vegans and meat-eaters! These recipes are perfect for your vegan Easter lunch or dinner! In fact, any other celebration during the year!
These sides will be the perfect accompaniment to your main Easter meal or as a snack before the feast begins!
Any of these vegan main courses would be an incredible dish to serve at your Easter dinner!
Finally! Dessert! This is the best part in my opinion and will certainly make your guests happy! From Oreo truffles to more traditional desserts like Carrot cake or Chocolate Cupcakes, you’ll be confident knowing everyone will get some dessert that agrees with their sweet tooth!
I hoped you found the tips and vegan recipes helpful! If you have any questions or want to let me know if you made any of these recipes you can post below in the comments or DM me on Instagram!