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Now that my Passover Seder is over, it’s time to get ready for Easter this Sunday! We celebrate at my mom’s house each year, (I was raised Catholic), so she takes care of the kids’ Easter baskets, but I have lots of ideas for vegan treats this year. Cruelty-free candy hasn’t always been easy for me to find (or as delicious), so I am excited about all of the options I have found this year. I know it’s not all about the candy, but for me this time of year, it kind of is!
I grew up in a home where my mom went big with Easter – huge. We woke up to brand new Easter clothes hanging in our room (usually hand made) and hats. The Easter baskets were epic! Big beautiful wicker wonderlands is a better description. My mom filled our baskets with homemade and store-bought treats that would last for weeks. She still makes me and my sister baskets (and our husbands!). Although not as grand as the ones as when we were kids, they are always a highlight of our Easter celebration and something my kids and I look forward to every year. The vegan treats below are some of my highly recommended items for stuffing Easter baskets this year.
Vegan Treats For Easter
Jelly beans are an Easter favorite, but my kids love Sour Patch kids so these Sour Beans from YumEarth are perfect! I discovered them at Natural Products Expo West last month, along with their Sour Twists. Their colorful, tasty, and healthier than regular candy – organic and non-GMO. The beans come in an assorted mix, including the following fruity flavors: Pomegranate Pucker, Perfectly Peach, Awesome Apple, Mango Tango.
Finally, a marshmallow Easter treat that is 100% cruelty free! These vegan candies are almost to cute to eat! Made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, these bunnies and chicks will be a festive addition to the kids’ Easter baskets!
My sister’s favorite candy is a Reese peanut butter cup and is the thing she looks forward to most in her Easter basket from my mom (yep, still does at 41!). Although I was never as fanatical about the Reeses as she was, Justin’s has taken me to a new place of love for the peanut butter cup. These are a must in any Easter basket.
No Easter basket is complete without a chocolate bunny. Thankfully, there are many options for a vegan chocolate bunny these days, but I am partial to this one from Farm Sanctuary. Founder, Gene Baur, wrote the foreword in my picture book, NOT A NUGGET, so I love any opportunity to support the work they do.
Speaking of “not a nugget,” the sweet and charming designs from Christy Robinson are a great non-candy item for Easter treats. She offers many handmade treasures that would be perfect for adorning little wrists and necks. Of course, I am partial to the “Not a Nugget” necklace, but her animal necklaces, vegan suede bracelets, and food jewelry would all be a hit in any Easter basket.
What vegan treats are you putting in your Easter baskets this year?