Easter is one of those holidays that I have always struggled to “veganize”. Easter in my family has always meant spiral cut ham, egg hunts, and the consumption of a grotesque amount of egg-shaped chocolate candies. And jelly beans. But that goes without saying, right?
So what’s a vegan girl to do to pass on all of the joy of Easter morning without all of the animal products? My 17-month old son is now old enough that I want him to enjoy the fun of an Easter egg hunt and baskets of goodies with a clean conscience (and without spending a million dollars on Amazon). So I devised a little plan!
Step 1: Create a family Easter basket rather than individual ones. That way, I don’t have to worry about filling everyone’s baskets to the brim with vegan goodies- a few for each of us will do.
Step 2: Think outside the box. I finally had to let go of Easter bunny shaped chocolates (though you can find them online) and dying Easter eggs (though I’ve seen some clever substitutes) and decided to focus on making a gift basket of fun items for the family. The one pictured above has edible Easter basket grass (I found it at CVS! How cool is that??), jelly beans that happened to be made without gelatin, cotton candy, Primal “beef” jerky, Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, Sahale Sing Buri nut blend, Glee gum, organic sour gummy worms, homemade seed bombs (you can’t celebrate Spring without flowers!), a loaf of tofu banana bread, and a few toys for Cedric (Dollar Tree has the BEST random toys for toddlers!). It’s different but still pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself!
Step 3: Give your Easter egg hunt a little makeover. I bought plastic eggs from the Dollar Tree and, rather than filling them up with sugar and additive laden candies (we’ll save those for mommy!) I decided to fill them with things I’d like my little guy to snack on. We now have a dozen organic blueberry filled eggs and another half dozen organic raisin filled eggs. I also found a few carrot shaped “eggs” at the Dollar Tree that I couldn’t pass up, so those have been filled with organic blackberries. I have to be honest, I’m really looking forward to this hunt!!
As for Easter dinner, we’ll be dining on a Celebration loaf, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a fresh strawberry pie. Overall, I am really excited for this year’s Easter celebration!
So tell me, what are you doing for Easter? Any cool tricks/tips you’d like to pass along?
Happy holidays everyone!!