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Divine dark mini eggs
an age defying moisturiser, a healthy cooking oil and a hair conditioner... we LOVE coconut oil :) from amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
The greatest blender ever... The Vitamix! Used daily by us :) from Amazon.co uk or Amazon.com
very powerful for it's size smaller price than Vitamix great containers too The Tribest Personal Blender from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
oh the cakes... so beautiful... Buy UK or Buy US
and then came... the cookies! Buy UK or Buy US
our t-shirts etc. Spreadshirt (UK/Eur) Cafepress (USA)
One of our favourite sites:
Other food pages:
UK Easter GoodiesMoo Free Chocolates Easter Egg (pictured right lying on our mossy lawn) tastes like milk chocolate and is beautifully packaged. See our blog review
Moo Free have produced a delightful Organic Bunny Bar this year too! 70p from Goodness Direct.Montezuma's Easter range includes dark cheeky bunnies, a dark eco egg and mini eggs with almond praline.
Booja Booja's gorgeous truffles come packaged in beautiful hand painted egg shaped boxes for Easter.
gourmet raw produce wonderful raw, organic chocolate brownies (and savoury crisps). A box of those would make a great gift for someone on a raw or wheat/sugar free diet. Use discount code GR003 for 10% off.
Divine dark mini eggs - fairtrade and gorgeous.
Animal Aid always have a nice selection of vegan goodies.
A search for Vegan Easter on Amazon.co.uk turns up some interesting results including various Booja Booja truffle eggs and lots of vegan shoes!
(seem to be out of stock but worth a check. 26.03.13) Choices make some lovely dairy free eggs such as this one with dark chocolate mints. There is also a white chocolate egg with buttons and one with caramels (spotted in some Sainsbury's) and these bunny bars
USA Easter Goodies
Obviously we do not know so much about what is available in other countries but a search for Vegan Easter on Amazon.com turns up some interesting results, including searching the texts of books for vegan Easter recipes which is quite cool.
Recipes, Gifts and IdeasThe roast dinner ideas and puddings on Vegan Christmas or Yule work very well for Easter feasts too!
Chocolate nests with tiny eggs
3 breakfast wheat biscuits (ie: weetabix), crumbled
1 large bar vegan chocolate (100g/3 and a half oz/half a cup)
Mini eggs - make your own with marzipan or vegan fondant icing or use Divine ones.
Patty or muffin tin
Paper cake or muffin cases (10 to 20 depending how big you make the nests)
Place your paper cases in the tin. Melt the chocolate and stir into the crumbled weetabix. Put a spoonful of the mixture into each case and shape with the spoon into a rough 'nest' shape. How big or small you make these is entirely up to you! Leave to cool and set (in the fridge is fastest). Then place two or three mini eggs in each nest - simple!
Little Orange Easter Cakes
300g/10 oz./2 cups self-raising flour
a quarter teaspoon baking powder
a quarter teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g/4oz/half a cup golden caster sugar
5 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1 cup of soya milk
the juice and rind of one orange
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
100g. bar of Green and Blacks dark chocolate
mini eggs or other sweets to decorate
Paper cake cases (this makes about 25 small cakes)
Preheat oven to 190C/380F. Combine the dry ingredients then stir in the oil, soya milk, juice and rind and vanilla essence. Put a couple of teaspoons of mixture into each cake case (if using small cases) and bake for about 15 minutes or until done. Allow to cool, then melt the chocolate and spread on top of the cakes. Decorate each cake with one mini egg or other sweets of your choice.
Home made easter eggs and bunnies
Another good idea for Easter is to make your own sweets. Get some chocolate moulds - last year we bought mini eggs, large eggs and mice moulds. There are also nice foils avaible for wrapping. Remember you can use these moulds again and again over the years so it will save money in the long run.
Home made gift idea
A few years ago year our children had been admiring the cuddly animals holding a net bag of little eggs that are so prevalent in shops at this time of year. We bought suitable, small cuddlies and make our own net bags filled with Lindt mini eggs and Whizzers and then attached this to the toy with a couple of stitches. You can either buy net or save the netting that citrus fruit is usually packaged in. You could also make your own eggs and/or even your own cuddly animal if you like!Also see our own kids books section with books from Harry Potter to Herb the Vegetarian Dragon - some springtime gift ideas below:
Pink! by Lynne Rickards. An endearing story of a small penguin who wakes up pink one morning. He deals with the challenges of being different, taunting, seeks medical help, finds others who he perceives to be like him and ultimately accepts himself as he is. A nice reminder for us all, for who isn't different in some way? Margaret Chamberlain's humoresque illustrations add to the charm of the book.
'The Spring Equinox - celebrating the greening of the Earth' - stories from different cultures and traditions - also hands on activities for children.
'Billywise' by Judith Nicholls and Jason Cockcroft - an incredibly beautiful book in both text and illustration. It tells the tale of a baby owl from hatching to daring to learn to fly with the gentle encouragement of his mother - quite breathtaking pictures.
'Baa humbug! - a sheep with a mind of his own' by Mike Jolley and Deborah Allwright - a rather irreverent story of a sheep who is not afraid to be different. He doesn't like sheep dip or being sheared and saves his friends from becoming lamb chops! Age 5-8
And for adults fromnon-fiction and fiction:
'Vegan Planet - 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World' by Robin Robertson. With a forward by Neal Barnard of PCRM this newly published (February 2003) cookbook is like several books rolled into one. If you only want to buy one vegan recipe book maybe this should be the one - with recipes for breakfasts, sandwiches, sauces, mains, burgers, puds and lots more, a large diversity of cuisine styles and additional facts on the sidebars this is a jewel of a book!
'Chocolat' by Joanne Harris. When Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk open a chocolate cafe and shop opposite the church in a small French village they start a battle between paganism and Christianity, in the mind of the local priest anyway. Chocolate itself has a leading role here - a wonderful mix of magic and food. The book culminates with an Easter festival. Don't start reading this book if you have no chocolate in the house!
Easter Chocolate cake (printable recipe) decorated with whizzers mini eggs and toy chicks. Other recipes that might be of use from around the site:
One year we made Easter baskets for the children containing little chocolate eggs, bunnies, carob bunnies in an egg shaped gift box, crayons, pencils, notebook and toy bunny, chick and duck - a great success! Another year we had our own little egg hunt round the garden with eggs that we had made the day before in chocolate moulds. We then went to a local country park and joined in a large egg hunt for painted wooden eggs - both Daniel and Charlotte found one and were very pleased.
Good Friday 2002