UK Vegan Easter Goodies
Amazon have the Lindt Dark Bunny, as do many, many high street shops and supermarkets now. In fact vegan goodies are everywhere – sweet, savoury, Easter – making this page, where we used to list elusive finds a little defunct! But you will still find interesting products on the links below, and nice recipes and books below that 🙂
Moo Free Chocolates Easter Egg (pictured right lying on our mossy lawn) tastes like milk chocolate and is beautifully packaged. Available from Amazon.co.uk
Booja Booja’s Gorgeous Truffles come packaged in beautiful hand painted egg shaped boxes for Easter.
Choices make some lovely dairy free eggs such as this one with dark chocolate mints and this white chocolate egg with buttons. These tend to sell out really fast so snap them up quickly! Holland and Barratt also have these.
The Choices Easter Egg with Dairy Free Milk Chocolate Caramels
is bit of a star!
Divine Dark Mini Eggs are gold foiled and beautiful.
Animal Aid always have a nice selection of vegan goodies.
A search for Vegan Easter on Amazon.co.uk locates various Booja Booja truffle eggs and lots of vegan shoes!
Recipes, Gifts and Ideas
The 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)
Pictured nests are made with rice crispies and topped with the old, no longer available, Whizzer’s mini eggs and melted dairy-free white chocolate buttons.
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
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.
Book Gifts for Easter
FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE, inspired by the kidnapped children of Aberdeen, and featuring a vegan historical character, is out April 1st, just in time for Easter weekend, in paperback and on kindle.
‘The Spring Equinox – celebrating the greening of the Earth’ – stories from different cultures and traditions – also hands on activities for children.
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. Buy UK or Buy US
‘Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action’, the newest title by Ruby Roth, enlarges on the message of her first book (below), adding a global perspective to her work. The gentle and empowering prose and pictures examine the use of animals for food, clothes, vivisection and entertainment and encourage us to know that our choices do make a difference. Once again, beautiful artwork and profound words. Buy UK or Buy US
Sinfully Vegan: 140 decadent desserts to satisfy every vegans sweet tooth’ by Lois Dieterly. What can we say? Chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, breads, sweeties galore – healthfood this is not though there are some wheat free goodies too – interesting recipes from old favourites that have been veganised to new ideas thrown in too. American book, published November 2003. Buy UK or Buy US
‘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. Don’t start reading this book if you have no chocolate in the house! Buy UK or Buy US