The Ultimate Vegan Easter Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Easter Guide

Easter, a Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is traditionally celebrated with various activities, such as egg dyeing, egg hunts, and treats like chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.

But what if you're looking to celebrate Easter in a vegan-friendly way? You might be scratching your head, wondering how to navigate the egg-centric traditions without compromising your ethics.

I've had those questions, too.

In this guide, I'll walk you through how to enjoy all the fun of Easter while staying true to your veganism. From creative egg substitutes to eco-friendly basket fillers, I'll share tips and tricks to make your Easter celebration compassionate and delicious.

So, whether you're a seasoned vegan or just dipping your toes into the green scene, get ready to dye and nibble your way through the most vegan egg-cellent Easter yet.

Two hands holding a plate of Tofurky Ham and vegetables.

Tofurky Ham Roast with Glaze / Source

1. Shopping guide

Luckily, there are plenty of vegan options to take center stage at holiday gatherings.

Vegan ham and vegan lamb brands + other alternatives

Welcome to the era of vegan abundance! No matter your family's favorite foods, there's a plant-based alternative waiting to fill your plates.

You'll find a plethora of vegan meat substitutes in the refrigerated sections of well-stocked grocers. But don't stop there—venture into the freezer section, too. Sometimes, you'll stumble upon frozen roasts just waiting to be thawed and enjoyed.

Vegan ham alternatives

Vegan lamb alternatives


2. Vegan Easter candy & confections

Living vegan doesn’t mean missing out on the things you love like chocolate Easter bunnies or bags of colorful jelly beans.

Vegan Easter chocolate & confections

Vegan Easter candy & vegan jelly beans

  • Amy's
    Sunny Organic Candy Bar, Dreamy Organic Candy Bar
  • Cocomel Caramels
    Vanilla, Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Covered Bites, Chocolate Covered Vanilla Bites
  • Go Organic
    Hard candy (7 flavors), Peppermint Pinwheels, Fruit Chews
  • Justin's
    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • Surf Sweets
    Delish Fish, Cinnamon Bears, Fruit Chews, Fruity Bears, Sour Worms, Watermelon Rings, Lollipops
  • Yum Earth
    Organic Lollipops, Organic Hard Candy, Organic Fruit Snacks, Organic Licorice, Organic Sour Twists, and Organic Sour Beans

3. Vegan eggs for dyeing

Make new cruelty-free traditions.

Egg-free vegan Easter eggs for decorating

Easter is widely associated with pastel hues, and egg dyeing is a tradition for many families. Because vegans don't use animals, the tradition of dyeing chicken eggs is no longer an option.

You might ask yourself, "Why don't vegans use eggs? Farmers don't kill chickens for eggs."

It's a good question.

Here's the sad reality: Animals, predominately chickens, die for eggs in obscenely large numbers every year.

The industry's male chick problem

If you remember only one fact about egg production, let it be this: Male chicks don't produce eggs, so they are useless to egg producers.

So, what does that mean exactly?

For male chicks, it means culling.

Chick culling kills newly hatched chicks for which animal agribusiness has no use. Because male chickens do not lay eggs, they are killed shortly after being sexed.

The primary culling methods are gruesome and differ from region to region. Asphyxiation is the standard in the United Kingdom, for example. Meanwhile, the United States uses macerating with a high-speed grinder. (1)

A wooden basket with a green bow filled with wooden eggs sitting on a wooden table.

Wooden eggs in a basket / Source

Egg alternatives

Family traditions can be an important part of growing up, and parents might worry that their kids are missing out as wee vegans.

Luckily, there are plenty of fun alternatives to help you ditch the chicken eggs while still keeping your treasured family traditions.

Here are a few egg-free eggs that are a great alternative and ideal for vegan Easter baskets or decorated egg plates.

Now, let's talk about what to use to dye these egg-ternatives (sorry, I couldn't help myself).

A variety of bowls and jars with various homemade food dyes in them (red, green, yellow, blue, purple).

An array of homemade food colors / Source

How to make homemade food coloring

The unofficial colors of Easter are pretty and pastel. Not just limited to eggs, these colors are everywhere you look; from cookies to cakes to cupcakes, too. Generally speaking, these food and drinks get their colors from artificial food colors.

I am not a fan of artificial food colors.

These toxic chemicals masquerading as food are only possible through the wonders of chemistry and the oil drilling industry. Studies have shown various adverse health effects from ingesting them. And did you know that artificial food colors undergo animal testing to ensure their safety as food additives?

It’s true.

Relatedly, animal testing sucks and can yield dangerous results when physicians treat patients using medicine based on the results of these studies.

Artificial food colors are everywhere

Every time a holiday approaches, the artificial colors go on sale. Magazines, blogs, and videos feature impossibly cute and creative treats made with a variety of unnatural colors achieved through the magic of artificial colors.

There’s a better way; make bright, vivid colors at home.

A better, plant-powered rainbow

Every time a holiday approaches, artificial colors go on sale. Magazines, blogs, and videos feature impossibly cute and creative treats made with various unnatural colors achieved through the magic of synthetic colors. A better way is to make bright, vivid colors at home.

Look at those colors up there! Spectacular! And it's easy to make from everyday ingredients in your fridge or pantry.

Trust me; it's not complicated or expensive.

Click here for the full step-by-step homemade food coloring tutorial.

Buying vegan food dyes

Here are a few dyes that are colored with vegetable juice or spices, and contain no synthetic dyes.

  • Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature:  This brand started popping up at my local markets, so I picked up a few packets to test out on my favorite sugar cookies. I'm a fan. First, the colors come packaged in individual packets, which means I don't over-buy. Second, the colors mix easily and create beautifully, even colors. Lastly, they're budget-friendly. Here's a 10-pack, Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature, that makes a perfect starter pack.
  • McCormick Nature's Inspiration Food Colors:  By far, these colors from McCormick are the cheapest and the most widely available in grocery stores everywhere. These plant-based powdered colors come in a pack of three colors, which you can mix for an infinite amount of color options. I really like how they're packaged in resealable dry powder pouches. That makes for easy storage, and more importantly, easy re-use. I bought this McCormick Nature's Inspiration Food Colors pack for these unicorn sugar cookies, and I love how vivid the colors turned out. I would absolutely buy these again.
  • Natural Earth Paints:  Natural Earth has a full line of products to choose from. They come in biodegradable packaging made from pure, natural earth and mineral pigments and organic ingredients. This natural egg dye kit is perfect for those who are looking to dye artificial eggs.
Bunny rabbit on the grass.

A young rabbit sitting in the grass / Source

4. Buying rabbits & baby chicks

Before bringing home live animals for children, it's crucial to consider several key factors. Here are essential insights into living with bunnies and baby chickens to help you make informed choices.

What to know about bringing home a real, live Easter bunny

The Easter Bunny is perhaps the most well-known holiday character after Santa Claus. The bunny is prominent in many family traditions and appears in Easter baskets everywhere as chocolates or stuffed toys.

Many well-intentioned parents may also bring a real, live Easter bunny home to excited children. While these intentions may have been good, bringing home a rabbit often ends badly for both the children and the rabbit. Sadly, after cats and dogs, more rabbits are abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters than any other animal.

It's a long term commitment

Many people who purchase bunnies at Easter don't realize that caring for a rabbit is a ten-year commitment. Including:

  • House-training (rabbits can be litter box trained)
  • Bunny-proofing your house (rabbits like to chew on wires, boxes, papers, among other things)
  • Several hours of daily playtime
  • Spaying or neutering

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are not the perfect small animal for children. They like the ground and become frightened when held or restrained. This fear can lead to kicking and scratching, which can injure whoever is holding them.

Rabbits also have incredibly fragile spines. If dropped, the rabbit could break its back or worse.

Raising rabbits is a lot of hard work

Caring for a rabbit can be a lot of work. It requires as much time, attention, and care as a dog or cat.

Sometimes, when people realize they're in trouble, they release their family pet rabbit into the wild. This is an extremely dangerous choice since domestic rabbits are not the same as their cousins, and most won't survive outside on their own.

Because well-intentioned people can unknowingly make bad decisions, doing plenty of research is important. Before making a lifelong commitment to a rabbit, take some time to read the information at

One last thing: If you’ve done all the research and still want a rabbit, please don't shop, adopt. Contact your local animal shelter or a rescue organization like Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue, the House Rabbit Network, or Rabbit Rescue.

A close up of a box of brightly-colored chicks.

Brightly-dyed baby chicks / Source

Candy-colored Easter chicks

While brightly colored newborn chicks may appear to be an ideal festive Easter present for eager youngsters, the reality is far from idyllic.

Dyeing chicks is absolutely unnecessary and inherently cruel, reducing live birds to mere playthings swiftly discarded by children with fleeting attention spans.

Caring for baby chicks

These birds have many of the same needs as rabbits—plenty of attention, room to roam and roost, veterinary care—and they face many of the same problems, too. Like rabbits, people can become overwhelmed by the idea of caring for a baby chick as it grows into an adult chicken, which can lead to abandonment or worse.

Unfortunately, these young birds have no knowledge or experience of foraging or evading predators, making death inevitable. For those that do survive, they can form feral colonies, disrupting native wildlife populations. Once the communities become unmanageable, cities will enact mandatory culling of the birds.

Easter chicks surrendered to animal shelters (if you can find one to take them) also don't fare any better. Many shelters and humane societies become overburdened in spring, and finding suitable homes for them can be a real challenge.

The sad truth is that many of these chicks will eventually die because there are not enough adoptive homes for them.

Other ethical considerations

In addition to the problems of caring for young chicks, the practice of tinting animals is also problematic for other ethical reasons. According to the New York Times, about half of the United States currently have laws against dyeing animals.

The process is unnecessary and invasive.

"You take regular food coloring and inject it into the egg on the 18th day of incubation," said Peter R. There, a retired poultry rancher who lives outside Lampasas, Texas. "They take 21 days to hatch. Put a little dab of wax on top to cover the hole up, and put it back in the incubator."

But this is only one method; others are worse.

Another tinting process begins with newborn chicks inside a large bucket or container. A worker pours food dye over the chicks before shaking them—similar to tossing a salad—to obtain an even coat.

Some don't survive the process, while others sustain injuries like broken bones. None of the birds make it out unscathed from the process.

Please remember, baby chicks might seem like a cute gift. Still, they grow into adult chickens needing time, attention, and veterinary care. Instead of offering children brightly colored chicks as real, live toys, choose a cute stuffed toy for their vegan Easter basket instead.


Vegan Brunch Recipes for Easter

  1. Vegan Hot Cross Buns
    Delightful Adventures
  1. Carrot Cake Waffles w/Maple Cream Cheese
    Keepin’ It Kind
  1. Sweet Cinnamon Rolls
    Connoisseurus Veg
  1. Vegan "Egg" Cups
    Bear Plate
  1. Tofu Chickpea Quiche
    Yup It’s Vegan
  1. Easter Smoothie
    Vegan Dollhouse

Vegan Appetizer Recipes for Easter

  1. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip 
    Yummy Mummy Kitchen
  1. Carrot & Coriander Fritters 
    Thinly Spread
  1. Olive Tapenade 
    Fried Dandelions
  1. Spring Pea Hummus 
    Veggie Desserts
  1. Easter Egg Hummus Toasts
    Fork & Beans
  1. Cheese Hedgehog
    Vegan Dollhouse
  1. Cowboy Caviar 
    The View from Great Island
  1. Cucumber Slices w/Smoky Sunflower Seed Pâté 
    Kitchen Treaty
  1. Hemp & Sunflower Seed Pâté 
    The Conscious Dietitian
  1. Creamy Avocado & Edamame Hummus 
    Eat With Clarity
  1. Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites 
    Vegggies Don't Bite
  1. Vegan Smoked Salmon 
    When Sweet Becomes Healthy

Vegan Main Dish Recipes for Easter


Vegan Side Dish Recipes for Easter


Vegan Dessert Recipes for Easter

  1. Wild Berry Tart 
    Green Kitchen Stories
  1. Lime & Coconut Cake 
    A Virtual Vegan
  1. Lemon Millet Bliss Balls 
    Feasting on Fruit
  1. Lemon Coconut Doughnuts 
    Connoisseurus Veg
  1. Pistachio & Orange Blossom Avocado Cake 
    Unconventional Baker
  1. Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake 
    My Darling Vegan
  1. Vegan Custard Puff Pastry Napoleon 
    Veggie Society
  1. Lemon Poppyseed Loaf
    Sweet Simple Vegan
  1. Bite-Size Coconut Macaroon Nests 
    Plant Crush
  1. Olive Oil Cake with Lemon 
    My Darling Vegan
  1. Chocolate Cake  
    The Plant Riot
  1. White Chocolate Fudge 
    Plant Power Couple

Vegan DIY Candies & Confections

Serving plates, bowls with salads and vegetables dishes, eucalyptus flowers on pink shabby background.

How to Plan a Vegan Easter Meal

This guide contains more than 72 delicious vegan Easter recipes perfect for any holiday table. And for the culinary-inclined, I've also included a full menu of homemade candies and confections that'll show off those cooking skills.

Browse by scrolling or select from the following categories to plan your meal:


Vegan Brunch Recipes

Closeup of a group of hot cross buns sitting on a cooling rack.

1. Vegan Hot Cross Buns
Delightful Adventures

A plate of waffles sitting on a wooden table.
An overhead view of two plates with large cinnamon rolls on them with a cup of coffee sitting nearby.

3. Sweet Cinnamon Rolls
Connoisseurus Veg

A plate of three vegan egg cups sitting on a table with a fork leaned upon the plate.

4. Vegan “Egg” Cups
Bear Plate

A slice of tofu chickpea quiche sitting on a plate next to a serving of greens.

5. Tofu Chickpea Quiche
Yup It’s Vegan

A colorful smoothie in a clear glass sitting on a white outdoor railing.

6. Easter Smoothie
Vegan Dollhouse

An iron skillet filled with roasted potatoes and vegetables sitting on a white countertop.

7. Vegan Breakfast Skillet
Make it Dairy Free

An overhead view of a pan of breakfast bars cut into squares.
A closeup of a bite of blueberry waffle on a fork above a plate of waffles.

9. Blueberry Oat Flour Waffles
Feasting on Fruit

An overhead view of a vegetable frittata in a pan with a slice taken out and sitting next to it on a wooden board.

10. Vegetable Frittata
Sunnyside Hanne

Five tempeh maple breakfast patties sitting on a piece of parchment paper.
Closeup of a tomato and spinach tart.

12. Tomato & Spinach Tart


Vegan Appetizer Recipes

1. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Three carrot fritters sitting on a white plate with a few decorative greens.
Closeup of a bowl of olive tapenade.

3. Olive Tapenade
Fried Dandelions

An overhead view of a bowl of hummus with various vegetables surrounding it.

4. Spring Pea Hummus
Veggie Desserts

Four pieces of toast sitting on a white background decorated to look like Easter eggs.

5. Easter Egg Hummus Toasts
Fork & Beans

A cheeseball decorated to look like a hedgehog sitting on a blue plate with a couple of stacks of crackers nearby.

6. Cheese Hedgehog
Vegan Dollhouse

Corn and bean salad in a colorful bowl sitting on a wooden table.

7. Cowboy Caviar
The View from Great Island

A white plate full of cucumber canapes.
Overhead view of pate on a white plate with a basket of crackers nearby on top of a wooden table.

9. Hemp & Sunflower Seed Pâté
The Conscious Dietitian

A bowl of hummus sitting on a white countertop with a few toast points sitting in the bowl and a bowl of chives sitting nearby.

10. Creamy Avocado & Edamame Hummus
Eat With Clarity

A glass bowl of mac & cheese bites sitting in a metal basket with sauce drizzled on top.

11. Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites
Vegggies Don’t Bite

A pink plate with three pieces of toast topped with vegan smoked salmon.

12. Vegan Smoked Salmon
When Sweet Becomes Healthy


Vegan Main Dish Recipes

A seitan roast sitting on a white plate with a red and white cloth napkin.

1. Seitan Roast Stuffed
Fat Free Kitchen

A close up of a sliced seitan roast sitting on top of a blue napkin.
Overview of four spanakopita sitting on a white plate with a blue background.
Seitan roast sliced on a plate next to a pile of mashed potatoes and gravy.

4. Seitan Mushroom Roast
Keepin’ it Kind

Lentil salad with roasted vegetables sitting in a serving dish with a single serving portion in front.
Overhead view of a fully cooked mushroom wellington.

6. Vegan Mushroom Wellington
Veggie Society

Closeup view of a cooked galette with peas and brocollini on top.

7. Spring Vegetable Galette
Cilantro & Citronella

Two slices of carrot pizza on a plate sitting on a wooden table with more pizza on wooden boards.
Overhead view of cauliflower steaks sitting on a silver platter with a few lemon wedges nearby.
A cutting board sitting on a wooden table with a piece of parchment paper wrapped lentil loaf sitting on top with a knife and condiments sitting in the background.

10. Vegan Lentil Loaf
The Minimalist Vegan

A large tart topped with asparagus and cut into long slices sitting on top of a well-seasoned cooking tray.

11. Asparagus & Cheese Tart
My Darling Vegan


Vegan Side Dish Recipes

Vegan Dessert Recipes

Overhead view of two mixed berry tarts sitting on a rustic wooden chair in a gravel walkway.

1. Wild Berry Tart
Green Kitchen Stories

A lime coconut cake sitting on a counter with a few slices displayed in front.

2. Lime & Coconut Cake
A Virtual Vegan

3. Lemon Millet Bliss Balls
Feasting on Fruit

Three donuts standing one on top of another and sitting on top of a spring-themed tablescape.

4. Lemon Coconut Doughnuts
Connoisseurus Veg

Three donuts standing one on top of another and sitting on top of a spring-themed tablescape.
A slice of chocolate bundt cake sitting on a flowered plate with a cloth napkin under it and the rest of the cake in the background.

6. Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
My Darling Vegan

A serving of custard napoleon sitting on a plate with the a plate with more behind it.
A loaf of poppyseed bread with icing sitting on a white plate with a lemon and vegan milk in the background.

8. Lemon Poppyseed Loaf
Sweet Simple Vegan

A close view of a hand holding a coconut nest with flowers and more coconut nests in the background.
Overhead view of an olive oil cake with a slice missing that is decorated with fresh lemon wedges and blackberries with powdered sugar dusted on top.

10. Olive Oil Cake with Lemon 
My Darling Vegan

A chocolate cake decorated with various fresh fruits and dusted with powdered sugar.

11. Chocolate Cake
The Plant Riot

Overhead view of a pan of white chocolate fudge cut into squares.

12. White Chocolate Fudge
Plant Power Couple


Vegan DIY Candies & Confections Recipes

Cute decorated almond "chicks" sitting in a white cupcake liner with crinkled decoration laying around.
Two chocolate easter eggs sitting on a white doily which is placed on top of a light blue cloth napkin with a few pastel-colored eggs laying around.
A white plate with a few peppermint patties sitting on a white table with another plate of peppermint patties in the background.

3. Homemade Peppermint Patties
Pickles & Honey

A wooden basket filled with chocolate creme eggs sitting on top of a yellow cloth napkin on top of a wooden table.
A light green glass bowl filled with pink and white frosted animal cookies with colorful sprinkles on top.

5. Mother’s Bunny Cookies
Vegan Dollhouse

Rows of colorful mini eggs in a totally white surrounding.

6. Raw Vegan “Mini Eggs”
Radiant Rachaels

Three peanut butter and chocolate eggs sitting on a white bowl on a dark countertop.

7. Peanut Butter Eggs
Minimalist Baker

8. Easter Bunny Treats
When Sweet Becomes Healthy

Overhead view of a spoon scooping out a pink dessert from inside a half of a chocolate egg with various chocolate pieces and fruit pieces laying around.

9. Avantgarde Easter Chocolate Eggs
When Sweet Becomes Healthy

Overhead view of a spoon scooping out a pink dessert from inside a half of a chocolate egg with various chocolate pieces and fruit pieces laying around.

9. Avantgarde Easter Chocolate Eggs
When Sweet Becomes Healthy

Small decorative Easter tins filled with chocolate bunnies and eggs with a plate of chocolate eggs nearby.

11. Vegan Mounds Bars
Strength & Sunshine

Vegan Easter Guide PIN

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