Spiced apple & parsnip cake with cinnamon coconut topping & our top ten vegan treats for Easter

So firstly the cake! If you’re looking for something a little different from the usual carrot cake this Easter (although I do love a carrot cake)…then this is for you.

A gorgeously moist spiced apple and parsnip cake packed with delicious and nourishing ingredients like; ground almonds, banana, dates, spices and of course apple and parsnip which helps to naturally sweeten the cake. It’s vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free – I hope you love it as much as me.

Our top ten vegan treats for Easter

By JenHead Rebellious Researcher and Badass Foodie @ RR HQ

Glorious Vegans – we hear you. Easter can be an infuriating time. Shelf upon shelf of milk chocolate eggs and displays crammed with chocolate bunnies and chicks with little thought given for the non milk drinkers among us. Even in recent years, often vegan friendly offerings leave our tastebuds salivating for something more without really hitting the magical spot that chocolate really should give everybody.BUT……times they are a-changing. There is now an abundance of choice hitting up the chocolate heavy food scene this April. Easter can now be a glorious time, even for vegans. So where to head to for those vegan friendly delights?

Here’s my top 10 that you really must get your hands on whether buying for yourself or vegan loved ones. To be honest they are all so divine that vegan or not, your mouth and soul NEED these….

Coco Caravan – Vegan Chocolate Easter Eggs with a Caramel Centre

Seriously. The stuff of dreams. Tiny decadent dark chocolate eggs filled with the gooiest vegan caramel. Healthier indulgence in all its glory. Coco Caravan we salute you. £6 for 8 eggs (i’d stock up if I were you to ensure you have supplies to last you the whole year….you’ll understand once you crack one open 😉

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Green & Blacks Organic 70% Dark Easter Egg

Probably one of the easiest to get your hands on as they are widely available in supermarkets but don’t let that fool you into thinking green and blacks dark chocolate isn’t special. It’s one of our year round staples and in egg form for some reason its just that little bit better. £6.59 for 165g egg. 

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Elements for Life Vegan Easter Raw Chocolate Making Kit

Such a lovely alternative idea, we have loved E4L since their very early days in 2015 (you need to try their yummy scrummy if you haven’t yet sampled the delights

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Perfect for kids and makes a really unique gift for those health conscious vegan foodies too. Every kit contains enough ingredients to make two trays of raw chocolates, weighing around 250-300g, depending on your taste. Plus a reusable silicone chocolate mould to continue your raw chocolate adventure! £15.29 from Yumbles with free delivery.

Raw Halo Easter! Easter! Easter! Gift Box

This is part of the Create Your Own Gift Box to fit the occasion from the wondrous Raw Halo. The box is delicately embossed by the super talented and rather marvellous Too Wordy and you can add your favourite 6 x 35g bars of raw halo’s award winning chocolate. Organic as well as vegan their flavour combinations are heavenly. A really different take on the Easter gift but with pizazz as well as deliciousness! £18.99 for 6 bars and embossed gift box

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Rhythm 108 Mini Creme Truffle Eggs

Vegan + Gluten free these scrummy little morsels are perfect pressies for kids and are a darn good alternative to creme eggs. £2.35 for a 36g pack

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Pure Decadence from Hotel Chocolat Extra Thick Easter Egg Rare & Vintage

Single Origin Chocolate Lovers….this is for you. This seriously eggstravagant offering from Hotel Chocolat is simply incredible and ticks all the boxes for a easter treat for someone really special (like YOURSELF too!). Its filled with single origin luxe nuts too which is an extra treat inside the decadently thick egg shell. £29 but worth every darn penny in my eyes.

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Booja Booja Large Almond + Sea Salt Caramel Easter Egg

Like everything they do, the easter egg collection from Booja is unbelievable and it’s hard just to choose one however these are my favourite favourite favourite (ok so I really do like these) truffles so the egg is going to be even better right? Almond and sea salt is such a winning combo and they’re organic as well as vegan too! Small eggs from £9.95

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Montezuma’s Like No Udder Milk Chocolate Egg

Again these are organic and I really do think they are as close to milk chocolate as you’re going to get AND you get the added bonus of their chocolate buttons too! It’s almost like it was made for vegans! 😉 £9.99

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Fortnum & Mason Handmade Almond Dark Chocolate & Nut Egg

£35 is quite a lot for an easter egg I know, but when its Fortnums luxury its ok right?! Handmade by master chocolatiers and some exciting little added treats inside too.

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And for those who aren’t chocolate fans…..We absolutely adore

Borough 22 Vegan and Gluten Free Doughnuts

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Got any other favourites that we’ve missed….drop us a comment so we don’t miss out! Eggsellent Easter picks: Our Top Ten Vegan Treats for Easter…..

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  8-10 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  40 minutes cook time


  • 150g buckwheat flour
  • 100g  ground almonds 
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseeds 
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 250ml plantbased milk 
  • 1 large ripe banana 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 150g  Medjool dates pitted 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence 
  • 1 tsp ginger powder 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • ½ tsp clove powder
  • 1/2 tsp All spice 
  • 150g grated parsnip 
  • 125g  grated apple 
For the frosting 
  • 6 tbsp coconut yogurt or cream 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence 
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar 


  • Berries of choice 


  1. Pre heat your oven to 180c 
  2. Grease a loose bottom pan with coconut oil.
  3. Add all the ingredients (apart from the parsnip and carrot) to a food processor or high speed blender and blitz until you get a smooth batter and there are no lumps.
  4. Grate the Apple and parsnip – add to a large bowl the mix in the batter.
  5. Spoon the batter into the cake tin and bake for 40 minutes.
To make the frosting – mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  1. Allow the cake cool for 10-15 minutes until turning out.
  2. Smooth the frosting over the top of the cake.
  3. Top with berries 

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  1. Claire on November 2, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Niki,

    This looks awesome I’m desperate to make it!

    Any ideas what I could replace the ground almonds with? Would ground cashews work?! They are the only bits my friend can have…

    Thank you 😊

    • Niki on November 3, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Hi Claire
      I would probably replace the ground almonds with more flour or you could try hazelnut meal (just blitz up hazelnuts a flour in a food processor)

      Good luck!
      Niki xxx

      • Claire on November 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

        Thanks Niki!

        Sorry I’ve just seen the typo in my message – cashews are the only nuts she can eat so sadly hazelnuts wouldn’t be an option, hence me wondering if ground cashews would work…but maybe more flour is safer?!

        I’m torn between this & your spiced apple one…they both look & sound soooo good 😊 xx

        • Niki on November 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

          Hi Claire
          Ah I see! I would try more flour then. Or maybe the spiced apple to be safe?
          Fingers crossed!

          Niki xxx

  2. Lou on September 21, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Hi I don’t have a high speed blender can I do it in a Magimix?

    • Niki on September 21, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Lou
      Yes absolutely, as long as the mix fits in 😉

      Niki xxx

  3. Julia on September 21, 2019 at 6:47 am

    This looks delicious! Do you think I could substitute the buckwheat flour with any other type? Thanks!

    • Niki on September 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Hi Julia
      Yes absolutely. You can use plain white to wholewheat.
      Good luck
      Niki xx

  4. Nats on May 9, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Hello Niki, what a delicious recipe! I would like to tried it but in my town I cannot find parsnip. There is a way to sub it? Thanks!

    • Niki on May 12, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Im so happy you like.
      Absolutely you can use carrot – would be delicious.
      Hope you like.
      Niki xx

  5. Fiona Manoon on April 19, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Such a delicious cake.
    Found this Recipe quite creative.
    Loved your work.
    I would love to try this out.
    Thank you so much sharing this wonderful recipe.
    Keep Blogging . !!

    • Niki on April 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

      So happy you like it Fiona!
      Love, Niki xxx

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