In view of the upcoming Easter holidays, we decided to share a collection of our favorite vegan Easter recipes. All of them are gluten-free, too. They have all been tested by our whole family during a beautiful brunch and didn't disappoint, to say the least!
Hosting a brunch is such a great way to gather with friends and family once the egg hunts are over! Who would have thought that you could turn a simple brunch into a real Easter feast? From savory dishes to vegan desserts, everyone is guaranteed to find something they love.
Benefits of brunches vs traditional Easter dishes
- You don't have to come with a fancy holiday menu.
- You don't need to have one specific main dish. By having different options, you can make sure that everyone will find something they like.
- We love the informal vibe of a brunch, where everyone can help themselves and pick and choose what they want to eat.
- We feel like everyone has lower expectations of brunch foods versus traditional Easter dishes, which is great if you are not a seasoned cook.
- You can ask guests to bring a dish if you don't have time to cook for a crowd.
- Brunches are a great opportunity to make others discover the vegan dishes you love. Especially people that are not on a vegan diet may be surprised by the variety of foods you offer. It's your chance to prove to them that even their favorite breakfast food can be made gluten-free and vegan AND taste delicious.
Elo's brunch tips
Involve your guests
- Let your guests know that they are welcome to bring a dish or two. These can be as simple as fresh fruit or a loaf of bread.
- Ask everyone to bring airtight containers such as Tupperware to take leftovers home.
The week before the brunch
- Decide on a number of recipes that provide variety but don't feel too overwhelming to prepare. We recommend having at least 2 savory and 2 sweet options.
- Choose a few recipes that can be eaten cold and prepared ahead of time.
- Go through the recipes that you have not tried yet and read the instructions carefully.
- Make a grocery list to prevent having to run to the store multiple times.
- Make most recipes 1-2 days ahead of time. You can also make them the weekend before and store them in the freeze. Don't forget to defrost them the night before the brunch.
On Easter day
- Make fresh salad shortly before serving.
- Set up the buffet and decorate your Easter table.
- Reheat some of the dishes.
Vegan and gluten-free bread recipes
Let's start off with the essentials! There's nothing like a slice of bread or a bagel to go with brunch food. Serve them with homemade dips like this beetroot hummus or zucchini spread.
Vegan egg recipes
Who doesn't like breakfast food at brunch? This vegan quiche, scrambled eggs and casserole can be made ahead of time and make serve as the main course. The advantage is that you can eat them hot or cold. All three recipes use silken tofu to replace real eggs while providing a very similar texture. These smashed potatoes would make a perfect side.
Vegan and gluten-free waffles and crepes
Waffles and crepes are some of the best brunch recipes as they can both be made into sweet and savory versions. They only require simple ingredients such as gluten-free oat flour, buckwheat flour and plant-based milk. Serve them with roasted vegetables and fresh herbs, or sweet spreads and fresh fruits.
Vegan and gluten-free cakes and muffins
We all love a slice of cake to finish off a brunch. Carrot cake and cinnamon rolls are the ultimate vegan easter desserts that cannot be missing on your table.
If you're not a seasoned baker, we've got you! Try this fool-proof no-bake carrot cake recipe or this fluffy almond flour cake. And don't worry about leftover cake and muffins, your guests will be glad to take one home.
Vegan Easter treats
These sweet treats make are perfect to add to the kids' Easter basket! It's great to have a few healthy options next to all the chocolate bunnier. But don't be fooled, they are very appreciated by adults as well. The best part is that these homemade chocolate eggs, energy balls and raw cookies only take about 15 minutes to make.
Spring veggies to go with your brunch
Fresh and cooked vegetables are great sides to go with your vegan Easter recipes. Try to incorporate seasonal vegetables in form of salads and roasted sides.
- Green beans: boiled and sauteed
- Fresh asparagus: boiled and sauteed
- Spinach: sauteed or as a salad
- Fennel: caramelized or as a salad
- Rainbow carrots: oven-roasted and pan-fried
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