I've put together a collection of wholesome vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free Easter treats, such as cakes, cookies, pies, candy, and more. Some are classics and some are a bit more on the "wild side" -- hopefully something to suit everyone's needs.
Click on the "get the recipe" button in each section to take you to the full recipe for each dessert. Hope you find some inspiration in these recipes to get you baking!
Quick tip: as always, for big gatherings and special occasions I always recommend testing out recipes ahead of time so you can get to know them and perfect them to your taste and liking.
Chocolate Eggs, Easter Bunnies, Hot Cross Buns, Peeps, & More
Colorful Coconut Chocolate Eggs
Bright and colorful vegan chocolate eggs with a coconutty filling. A "healthified" classic, if you will.
Chocolate Dragon Eggs
For something a little more unusual... introducing dragon eggs. Giant sized sparkly vegan chocolate eggs, with options for crunchy and creamy almond filling.
Cinnamon Bunny Cookies
An Easter classic, this recipe features 2 easy methods to make bunny-themed cookies.
Simple, wholesome, and naturally colored, these cute little turmeric cookies are a a ton of fun to make.
Raw “Hot Cross Bun” Cookies
Not your typical "hot cross buns" (in fact they're not even hot!), these no-bake cookies are fun and flavorful spin on the idea.
Perhaps the crowning jewel of all Easter desserts, a good carrot cake is always a must this time of year. And I've got quite a few interesting versions for you to choose from, from baked, to raw/no-bake, to nut-free... there's even a few chocolate versions in the mix for good measure. Hopefully this little list will have all your vegan & gluten-free carrot cake needs covered!
Classic Carrot Cake
Starting with a classic baked version, this carrot cake is always a lovely way to go.
Raw Carrot Cake
These beautifully spiced raw carrot cake cupcakes have been a "hit" on this website for almost a decade now. It's a fun no-bake treat that lends itself especially well for those on a grain-free diet.
No-Bake Carrot Cake (Nut-Free)
A nut-free version of a no-bake vegan carrot cake, topped with a deliciously smooth layer of coconut cream. This beautiful recipe is always a crowd pleaser as well.
Chocolate Carrot Cake
If you're looking for something a little different in the carrot cake department, this rich, gooey, mega-chocolatey baked carrot cake might be a fun way to go.
Strawberry Easter Desserts
While fresh strawberries (and rhubarb!) are just coming into season, strawberry desserts are always a welcome addition to any Easter (or spring gathering) table.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
A spring classic: sweet, tart, and juicy pie made with strawberries and rhubarb.
Quick Balsamic Strawberry Trifle
A delicious medley of fluffy vanilla cake, coconut whipped cream, and roasted balsamic strawberries.
Strawberry Lime Macadamia Cheesecake
This bright & festive cake is always a crowd pleaser and is a long time reader favorite on this website.
Lemon Easter Desserts
Hitting the end of citrus season, lemon desserts -- with their bright and zingy color and flavor -- are another always welcome addition to any Easter gathering.
Raw Lemon Ginger Chia Cheesecake
This simple, bright, and zingy lemon ginger chia raw cheesecake is always a big hit at gatherings.
Blackberry Lemon Raw Cheesecake Bites
These creamy, sweet and tart raw cheesecake bites are a lemon lover's dream and just have the aura of spring around them with their bright and joyful colors!
Ginger Turmeric Lemon Cream Bars
Ok, these aren't exactly an "Easter classic," but looking at these bright little dessert bars it's hard not to smile, isn't it? They're always a big hit and a long standing reader favorite recipe on this website. They'll surely brighten up any spring gathering occasion.
Aquafaba Meringue Easter Desserts
Aquafaba Meringue Berry Whip Cookies
Meringue "nests" have always been a highlight at Easter gatherings. This vegan aquafaba version (eggless meringue) is easy to whip up and top with your favorite seasonal toppings (thinking fresh berries, lemon curd, your favorite strawberry jam, etc.).
Vegan Meringue Cake
For a slightly more sophisticated variation, this meringue cake is also quite a fun treat.
Other Easter Classics
Easy Baked Cheesecake
A classic plain cheesecake is always a welcome addition to a holiday table. This creamy baked version is a great alternative to traditional cheesecake.
Nut-Free & Dairy-Free Baked Cheesecake
And if you're looking for a classic baked cheesecake, minus the nuts, this recipe variation might be the one for you!
Coconut Cream Pie
This no-bake delicate coconut cream pie is a delicious melt-in-your-mouth treat that's sure to please.
Coconut Cream Bars
These no-bake creamy and sweet coconut cream slices are always super easy to throw together, and are great for crowds with some food sensitivities or special diets.
Raw Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie
A creamy, minty, and bright ice cream pie that's always a welcome spring classic. This one is a crowd pleaser and full of wholesomeness.
Pistachio & Orange Blossom Raw Avocado Cake
I always associate this cake with spring. It's just so bright, wholesome, joyful, and easy to deck out for a gathering.
Raw Pistachio Slice
This is another lovely pistachio-themed spring-perfect recipe that's always a hit.
A Few Fun Extras
Including in this section a few recipes that could be reworked into fun Easter-themed treats with a few small alterations.
No-Bake Glazed “Donut” Holes
Every time I've looked at this photo on this recipe over the years I've always thought this concept could make for some fun Easter treats. Maybe using some pastel colored filling (like in the colorful chocolate eggs recipe, linked to earlier on this page). Or maybe using this very recipe as a base of something "eggy" looking (I mean, look at the colors on the photo, it looks like we're half way there, doesn't it? :) ). Including these little donut holes here for inspo, in case it gives you ideas of your own for an Easter-themed treat.
Coconut Lime Cream Chocolates
These vibrant chocolates could be made / enjoyed as is. They somehow have always had spring-vibe to me! Or thinking on it, the filling could be made egg-shaped, for some fun egg shaped little cream chocolate treats.
Same as with the lime cream chocolates above, these vibrant and super minty cream filled chocolates, with their bright and happy color, can be easily turned into an Easter treat.