Vegan Easter made easy as we tell you how to enjoy a cruelty-free weekend full of treats.
Easter season is officially upon us, bringing with it the promise of warmer days, blossoming trees, and cute chicks taking their first steps into the world. And let’s not forget the chance to indulge in delicious meals, too. While the ‘traditional’ foods enjoyed over this long weekend – chocolate, eggs and a meat centrepiece – may not be vegan, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. In fact, you can still have a cracking time with our guide to hosting a vegan Easter that’s packed with mouth-watering plant-based treats, fun activities.
It only makes sense to start the day with hot cross buns. Most major supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, all have free-from variants of this Easter classic so stock up and slather with dairy-free butter. If you prefer, treat yourself to pancakes (made with your favourite plant-based milk, self-raising flour, baking powder, sugar and vegetable oil), then top with fresh fruit.
At Easter, the main meal is typically a Sunday roast, but this doesn’t have to mean meat. Make a vegan Easter lunch with a nut roast. A mushroom and ale pie, or a vegetable tart as an equally delicious crowd-pleaser. This is a great time to make the most of seasonal and local vegetables, too – asparagus, shallots, spring onions, beetroots and leeks all start to pop out of the ground during spring, so centre a dish around them.
Walk in nature
There’s no better way to help your food digest than getting out for a scenic walk, especially now the signs of spring are starting to appear and the weather is a little warmer. Heading out into nature around this time of year is also a great way to admire the changing season by noticing sprouting flowers and longer daylight hours. You could head to an animal sanctuary to show your love to all creatures – from cows, pigs, chickens and horses – they may even be rearing their offspring which is so symbolic for a vegan Easter.
Have an egg hunt
Easter isn’t Easter without the obligatory hunt for eggs. Mummy Meagz Chuckie Eggs rival the dairy crème egg and are the perfect size for hiding. Alternatively, you could fill reusable eggs with vegan sweets, too.
It seems unlikely that vegan children could decorate eggs, but they absolutely can – online shops like Etsy and Hobbycraft sell ceramic versions that look and feel like the real thing. Plus, these non-edible items will last for years to come, serving as keepsake from 2020’s celebration. Don’t forget to stock up on plant-based paint either – Conscious Craft have a great selection.
A bouquet of springtime flowers makes the perfect table decoration, however if you’re conscious of cutting down fresh blooms opt for the preserved version. Shida flowers are harvested at the peak of their natural beauty and last for up to a year, offering a real sustainable alternative.
It is reported that the average child will receive £56 worth of chocolate eggs each year from various family members and friends (dailymail.co.uk) – which is a lot even for those with the sweetest of sweet tooths, not to mention the amount of single-use plastic they’ll be packaged in. Instead of giving eggs this year, why not present your loved ones with practical vegan Easter gifts like toiletries which you’ll know they’ll get use out of. Lush always do a great range of seasonal and novelty gifts, including egg and sheep-shaped bath bombs that come in minimal wrapping and are mostly vegan, too. Alternatively, you could even make your own goodies – an exfoliating body scrub is super easy to make at home with sugar, olive oil and essential oils.