Easter treats everyone can enjoy
Easter can be tricky for anyone whose dietary requirements prevent them from tucking into chocolatey treats.
The good news for vegans and people following a dairy-free diet is that the increasing popularity of plant-based diets means there are far more options available than in previous years. Most supermarkets now also stock a “free from” range, offering gluten-free and dairy-free options.
That said, finding safe-to-eat treats can still be a minefield, so we’ve put together our ultimate list of Easter goodies that offer something for everyone.
ASDA’s Extra Special Free-From Dark Chocolate Egg with Vanilla Truffles
This vegan and gluten-free dark chocolate egg received the top score in a blind taste test conducted by Good Housekeeping. It was praised for its “melt-in-the-mouth chocolate with hidden crunchy cocoa nibs”. Available in ASDA stores for £5, this free-from egg is suitable for those following a vegan, gluten-free or lactose-free diet, so it’s a treat almost everyone can enjoy.
Moo Free Sea Salt & Caramel Premium Organic Vegan Easter Egg
Another chocolate egg that ticks multiple boxes, Moo Free’s sea salt & caramel egg is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soya-free. The eggs are made from organic rice milk chocolate and are manufactured by an ethical family business in the UK. Price: £5.95
Sugar-free bliss balls
While the options so far cover a lot of bases, none can claim to be sugar-free. For those seeking a sweet treat that doesn’t contain fructose or refined sugar, bliss balls may be the answer. This recipe for white chocolate bliss balls by Sarah Wilson contains coconut butter, rice malt syrup, tahini, oats, nuts and chia seeds. The combination is said to taste just like white chocolate.
Vegan alternative to the Cadbury Creme Egg
Usually, a vegan or lactose-free diet would mean a craving for Creme Eggs would go unsatisfied. But this Easter, a dairy-free fondant egg has hit the market and early reports claim it’s surprisingly similar to the Cadbury version. Created by an East Yorkshire café owner, Mummy Meagz’ Chuckie Egg is free from milk, eggs and palm oil and available to buy online. Price: £0.99