I may have mentioned before that Easter is my second favorite holiday next to Christmas. It doesn’t matter if the weather is still wintry and I have to put on every layer that I own to go to the outdoor sunrise service at my church or if spring is already well underway — the underlying message of the holiday permeates the season with the spirit of new life and new beginnings.
Secondary to that is, of course, food. Society would like it to be the other way around, as is made quite evident by the appearance of Easter candy the moment that the Valentine’s Day stuff hits the clearance bins, but it helps to keep your priorities straight! Here I’ve included both — a collection of well over 100 recipes for everything from carrot cake pancakes to “Cadbury eggs,” all 100% vegan, and a message that I pray will bless your season with peace and hope.
Crunch your way through the day with these sweet homemade treats!
- Italian Easter Cookies with Anise, my vegan version of a traditional QV family classic
- Easter “Egg” Sugar Cookies from Alien’s Day Out
- Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Bunnies from The Unconventional Baker
- Raw Almond Macadamia “Sugar” Cookies courtesy of Addicted to Veggies
- Frost them using this recipe!
If you can’t get your hands on these candies this year because shipping deadlines have passed, keep them in mind for filling next year’s baskets — or for treating yourself when you’re in the mood for some springtime nostalgia!
- Vegan “Milk” Chocolate Easter Eggs at Natural Candy Store
- Classic Lagusta’s Luscious English Cream Eggs — Fair trade and organic!
- Sweet & Sara’s Sugar-Coated Bunnies and Chicks — Made with natural coloring
- Sjaak’s Organic Easter Collection
- The Go Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Bunny Roundup — New entries every year!
Or you can always make your own vegan versions of two very popular seasonal favorites.
- Copycat PB Eggs by Chocolate Covered Katie
- Peanut Butter Eggs from Minimalist Baker
- Detoxinista’s Easy Cadbury Creme Eggs
- Vegan Cadbury Creme Eggs on Hell Yeah, It’s Vegan
Try them and see what you think. I’d say they’re well worth the effort!
Chock full of everything from carrots to asparagus, these cruelty-free dishes prove that you can have a delicious Easter feast without the ham. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
- Carrot Cake Pancakes with “Yogurt” Coconut Cream Frosting from Vegan Richa
- Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal from Oh She Glows
- Linguine or Fettuccine with Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms from Veg Kitchen — A great way to enjoy spring produce!
- Oven-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Healthy. Happy. Life. — With tons of variations!
- Lentil Walnut Loaf with Balsamic Apple Glaze from Oh She Glows — Also found in her cookbook
- Rustic Asparagus Quinoa Tart by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes — For an oil-free crust, try using a cold banana, homemade vegan cream cheese or unsweetened dairy-free yogurt instead of vegan butter.
- Seitan Mushroom Roast on Keepin’ It Kind
- Double “Cheese” Lasagna by Allison Rivers Samson on VegNews — With homemade nut cheeses, no processed substitutes!
Even More Easter Goodies
If you’re a sucker for recipes the way I am, you can find even more ideas for your holiday with these other roundups:
- Quantum Vegan Easter 2015
- Oh She Glows 2014 Easter Menu Ideas
- Vegan Easter Desserts on About.com
- Healthy. Happy. Life. has two amazing collections:
An Easter Blessing
“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” ~ Matthew 28:6a
As I mentioned above, I can’t do a whole post about Easter without including a bit on what the celebration really means. It’s easy to get caught up in traditions like dying eggs (which even vegans can do now thanks to the ceramic alternatives available), making up baskets and cooking special meals. Not, of course, that there’s anything wrong with any of that, especially if it gives you more time to spend with your family. But at its very core, the holiday is about new life — one very special new life, the rebirth granted to humanity by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. ~ Luke 18:31-33
The Son of God, the only sinless person who ever lived, became the spotless sacrificial lamb who took on the sins of the whole world for all time. He gave His body and His blood so that those who believe in Him, although they will suffer bodily death, will have eternal life in the presence of God. His resurrection and the hope that it brings is the reason why Christians call the day Resurrection Sunday — it’s the day when the tomb was discovered to be empty, when the hope of mankind was raised up so that we are now able to declare that He is alive, and we are forgiven.
My pastor plays this video most years during our Resurrection Sunday service. It’s my prayer that it blesses you during this very special season.