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Tips for how to have a cruelty-free Easter!

This Easter, show compassion for all animals by celebrating without the use of them for food. The holiday does not have to bring cruelty, suffering, exploitation and death to animals.

The long Easter weekend is traditionally a time for family get-togethers. Here are a few tips to make sure that your weekend is animal-friendly, and still fun!

Indulge yourself with cruelty-free chocolate

Luckily, the range of vegan Easter treats available in NZ is growing and you can get a range of Easter eggs and goodies that are dairy-free. The Warehouse stock ‘NOMO,’ vegan chocolate eggs, and there are a variety of other options found online at Some supermarkets also offer vegan dark chocolate Easter eggs, including some New World stores which stock, Sweet Williams.

Switch out the traditional roast lamb to a plant-based substitute

For many, it is traditional to eat lamb on Easter Sunday, but thanks to innovative vegan chefs, plant-based and cruelty-free options are now readily available. Seitan is an excellent meat substitute for roasts. It is made up of wheat gluten and makes an excellent addition to roast veg, meat-free gravy and mint sauce! Grater Goods, is an online Plant-Based Butchery and Deli based in Christchurch, famous for their seitan-style roast meats. You can see local stockists here: You can also find a range of other meat substitutes in supermarkets, online, and in health stores across NZ.

‘Veganize’ your baking

Carrot cakes, chocolate egg nests, and other sweet treats are popular to serve at Easter get-to-gethers. It is easy to swap out the egg or dairy products for egg-replacer and plant-based milk. Egg replacers can be used in cake, cookie, muffin and bread recipes and are available from the majority of supermarkets. They are designed to give baked goods the same texture and rise of chicken eggs. Another option, is to make a homemade egg-replacement, using applesauce, or ground flax mixed with warm water.

Shop for delicious Hot Cross Buns that don’t contain animal products

Hot Cross Buns are a staple for many at Easter. But vegans don’t have to miss out. New World currently offer ‘Allergywise’ buns, which contain no egg or milk. Baker’s Delight, and Auckland-based Tart Bakey and Richoux Patisserie, also bake traditional hot cross buns daily in the lead- up to Easter – vegan and delicious! Alternatively, if you have some time on your hands, why not bake them yourself, and slather on some soya butter?

So thankfully, being vegan doesn’t mean missing out on things you love. It’s never been easier to keep to keep your holiday traditions and not comprise your vegan values!