Easter Eggs Worth Hunting For

WTF is up with Easter eggs starting to roll out in January/February, do we really need that much prep time to  buy a bunch of chocolate? Anyway, shopping for vegan Easter eggs in Australia seems to be getting easier each year, with random vegan eggs popping up all over the place! These are just a few of the things I've come across this year but trust me, there are a bunch more! Some of these can be found in y0ur local grocery store however for some you may need to hit a speciality chocolate shop or vegan store. Moo Free I love Moo Free because they make really delicious, affordable and accessible vegan chocolate. I'm loving this Easter egg because it reminds me of...

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Raw Cross Buns

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 If you're not really down with religion, Easter is pretty much an excuse to have a mega long weekend and stuff your face full of delicious things that you've probs been eating since they hit stores in January (admit it). I decided to flip the script on one of those delicious things, the hot cross bun, by harnessing the delicious spiced flavours and bundling them up in a bliss ball type situation. Because they're raw, gluten free and refined sugar free, it's the perfect excuse to eat even more of 'em! Ingredients 10 medjool dates (pitted) 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup Brazil nuts 1/2 cup almond meal 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon all spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sultanas...

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Vegan Pavlova

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8 Meringue is one of those things that vegans through the ages have been trying to nail. The current craze to hit the vegan community is the use of canned chickpea juice instead of egg white. While this may seem like a strange concept, I am here to tell you that it freaking works and it's bloody amazing and you should all give it a try RIGHT NOW! Naturally my first instinct was to make an epic pav but stay tuned because I'm nowhere near finished with this bean juice jive. Ingredients 2x 270mL cans of coconut cream (placed upside down in the fridge for at least 2 days) 2/3 cup canned chickpea liquid (less salt is best) 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon...

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Vegan Creme Eggs

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 If you're like me, your childhood Easters were filled with all kinds of chocolate treats but none ever compared to the creme egg. That's something I thought I had left behind when I went vegan until recently when I saw a creme egg recipe online. With a few alterations, making this recipe vegan turned out to be bloody easy and now creme eggs are back in my life for good! Egg moulds are pretty easy to track down this time of year and can be found at most good baking stores. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1/4 cup vegan margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups icing sugar 1-2 drops yellow food colouring Method In a microwave proof jug, melt the chocolate in...

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Vegetable and Mock Fish Panko Tempura with Wasabi Salt and Dipping Sauce

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 For those members on the family who weren't on a health-kick this Easter, plus those who were looking to indulge a little, I whipped up this super crispy batch of panko tempura. I've done tempura before but this time I decided to add to the crunch by using both batter and panko bread crumbs which turned out to be a totally excellent and radical decision on my part. Team this up with my wasabi salt and dipping sauce and you've got a dish worth breaking your diet for. Ingredients 1/3 packet Lamyong Calamari (you can use tofu or another mock meat if this isn't available) Handful of snow peas, tails removed 1/2 red capsicum, cut into chunks 1/2 yellow capsicum, cut into chunks 1...

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Red Cabbage and Tofu Salad with Sesame Dressing

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Last year I decided that I was going to start a new family tradition of making Easter lunch. The family seemed to tolerate it last year so I thought I would take the tradition into its second year in 2013 and make an Asian themed feast. Since a few family members (including myself) are still on a health-kick, I thought a salad was a good place to start. My family liked it so I guess being related to each other is working out just fine. Ingredients 1/2 red cabbage 3/4 cup bean shoots Olive oil spray 1 block hard tofu or bean curd 3 tablespoons sesame paste (you can get this from Asian groceries) Splash of sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons vegan fish sauce...

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Hot Cross Buns

Difficulty: Medium Serves 16 I thought I would try my hand at some Hot Cross Buns since it is the season and all. I've never made them before and was surprised at how simple it was, if not a little time consuming. With all cooking though, it's the thrill of making something from scratch that you don't get from buying it at the store (or often in a vegan's case, isn't available). These buns are quite small, which is good as I only like sweet things in small portions, make them bigger if that's your style! Ingredients Buns 1/3 cup caster sugar 14 grams (2 sachets) of dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm soy milk 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vegan margarine. 1...

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