Just because lots of us are avoiding gluten as well as steering clear of eating dairy, whilst also adhering to social distancing rules, it doesn’t mean that we can’t throw ourselves, heart and soul, into Easter this year.
In fact, we’re making a point of rolling our sleeves up and diving head-first into our kitchens to bake some of our favourite free-from Easter classic cakes and desserts. Here’s our collection of recipe ideas for staying at home and baking some crackin’ alternatives to classic Easter treats.
We feel that this year it is worth making that ‘egg-stra’ bit of effort for Easter. For a truly Instargammable showstopper, we love a cupcake Easter wreaths recipe, such as this one from the BBC. Pinch the design, switching the cupcake recipe for this vegan vanilla cupcake recipe and top with vegan chocolates. Use craft chicks, feathers and bunnies rather than using marzipan decorations. Place your Easter wreath in the center of the table and let everyone get stuck in. We think there’s lots of fun to be had with this one as we get into the Easter spirit.
The foodie queen of alternative, yummy food, Deliciously Ella, started a thing with her easy to make energy balls and now there are lots of variations doing the rounds. The secret to Ella’s energy balls is that they use very few, simple ingredients, all blitzed in a food processor and rolled into balls - they make super on-the-go snacks. We love her Cacao & Almond Energy Ball recipe as they taste so
much like chocolate that you won’t even notice they are healthy and the sticky Medjool dates taste so indulgent too. You could even pop the delicious non-dairy chocolatey balls onto a vegan Easter simnel cake, representing the twelve disciples and as an alternative to marzipan. Now, just to think of an activity to do to use up all that energy! TikTok plank challenge anyone?
Who will be making hot cross buns this Easter? Aldi online currently has some top vegan recipes and we spotted their vegan apple ice cream with apple hot cross buns recipes and are drooling at the thought, especially as we hope the sun will make a guest appearance this Easter.
The simple apple ice cream recipe only takes 1 hour to freeze and using a blender is actually much simpler than you may first think. The vegan hot cross bun recipe uses coconut oil and almond drink as dairy alternatives and these delicious buns can be made in advance and frozen ready for defrosting for the Easter weekend. These buns are also flavoured with fresh apples as well as the traditional cinnamon and ginger spices, to give a fresh alternative to classic hot cross bun recipes.
Don’t forget to glaze with a sticky maple syrup to give a wonderful and tempting shiny finish. We love that the spicy apple ice cream is sandwiched between toasted hot cross bun slices. Our mouths are watering at the thought.
A delicious dairy-free alternative that is made by simply blending oats and water, at high speed (1 cup of oats to 4 cups of water). Strain your oat milk with a T-shirt, towel or sieve. Lovely to enjoy alongside sticky, indulgent Easter treats. Don’t forget to take some milky smile snaps to share with the rest of the family.
One Easter tradition that we can not miss is a spicy, sweet and fruity Easter cake and we love this cherry and almond sponge as an alternative to the classic Easter simnel cake, plus it keeps for a week so can last throughout Easter.
For those with a love of chocolate orange but looking for a gluten-free alternative, then we know you will love this recipe. Sticky orange syrup, pistachios and almonds come together with a moist polenta sponge and served with fresh raspberries and whipped cream, this is a superb Easter dessert. It uses simple ingredients and can be ready in an hour.
For an afternoon treat or mid-day snack, we like a traditional carrot cake and this vegan carrot cake is packed with delicious vegan cream cheese frosting so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. Pick some flowers from the garden for a spring-inspired decoration (do not eat the flowers) and serve with a vintage tea tray set.