Easter and chocolate. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, popcorn and movies, macaroni and (vegan) cheese.

Let’s face it, what’s not to love about a long weekend and “no-excuse needed” to start and end your day eating chocolate? If you feel the same way, it turns out you’re alone. Australians are reportedly the number one consumers of Easter chocolate in the world – devouring millions of chocolate eggs to the tune of $200 million every Easter! But while most of this “mass chocolate” is cheap, it comes at a price – to our health and that of the planet.

Healthy Life Nutritionist Madeleine Memmolo explains:

“Real chocolate doesn’t come cheap so when I see Easter eggs on sale for a few dollars, I wonder what’s in them. Often, it’s a lot of artificial ingredients that are sweetened to taste like chocolate and the chocolate has most likely been sourced unethically from a developing country,” she said.

“The simplest and easiest way to have a feel-good Easter that is better for your health and your conscience is to go for quality over quantity and opt for organic Easter eggs made with ethically-sourced chocolate from a fair trade certified company.”

Most vegans will willingly attest that giving up chocolate (followed closely by cheese!), was one of the hardest things they’ve ever done. But with dairy milk increasingly on the outer and a huge number of plant-based milks on the rise, it was only a matter of time before vegan Easter eggs became easier to find. And here we are, Easter 2019. There’ll be no FOMO with this list of delicious vegan chocolate eggs. Enjoy!

Moo Free Easter Eggs

Using rice milk instead of cow’s milk, Moo Free produces dairy-free, gluten-free, organic and vegan chocolate that tastes like milk chocolate.

 

Treat Dreams

Treat Dreams chocolates are made in Australia with 65% fair trade, European couverture chocolate. Basically, gooey and delicious.

 

Plamil

With their own factory (which never uses dairy) based in the UK, Plamil create organic, vegan chocolate. They’re certified Fairtrade, palm oil free and, getting a big tick in the sustainability stakes too, use plastic-free packaging.

 

Loving Earth Boobook Eggs

Loving Earth makes certified organic, plant-based chocolate that is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and cane sugar-free. Plus they use compostable wrapping and 50% of profits from Boobook Eggs – cashew ‘mylk’ eggs filled with a soft caramel centre – will be donated to the great Forest National Park campaign.

 

Bonvita

Organic Chocolate – Made with delicious rice milk, Bonvita’s products are organic, palm oil free, certified Fairtrade and vegan.