Easy Cadbury Creme Eggs (Vegan- & Paleo-friendly)


Growing up, I always looked forward to getting a Cadbury Creme Egg in my Easter basket each year. I loved how the sugary fondant-filling looked like the inside of an egg!

cadbury cream egg cut in half

This year, I attempted to make my own version of these popular candies, without the use of corn syrup or artificial food coloring.

In fact, this all-natural version calls for just five ingredients and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes! The filling is a simple mix of coconut butter, raw cashew butter, and maple syrup (or honey, if you prefer), with a touch of turmeric to create the signature yellow-colored centers. Covered in melted dark chocolate, these eggs can be served at room temperature for an authentic copy-cat, complete with a soft and fondant-like filling.

Best of all, these eggs can be easily customized to suit your taste. The following recipe isn’t as shockingly sweet as the store-bought variety, but since there’s no baking involved, you can taste-test the filling along the way and adjust the sweetness as you see fit.

These chocolate-covered “eggs” are practically fool-proof!

Easy Cadbury Creme Eggs (Vegan- & Paleo-friendly)
Makes 8 pieces

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut butter (homemade or store-bought), at room temperature
1/4 cup raw cashew butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup 70% or darker chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine the coconut butter, raw cashew butter, and maple syrup in a bowl and stir well to combine. Scoop two tablespoons of that mixture into a separate bowl and add in the 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. Stir well to mix, creating the yellow “yolk” filling.

Place both bowls in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes, or until the mixture is solid enough to be shaped with your hands. (If you chill the mixture too long it may become too firm to work with– in that case, just place it on the counter until it starts to come to room temperature again.)

To create the egg filling, scoop 1 tablespoon of the white filling into the palm of your hand, roll it between your hands to create a ball, and then press it into a flat circle. Scoop 1/2 teaspoon of the yellow filling and place it in the center of the white filling, as pictured below.

making cadbury eggs

Wrap the white filling around the yellow filling, and roll it into a ball again, as pictured above. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, creating about 8 small “eggs.” Place in the freezer to set until firm.

To complete the eggs, melt the dark chocolate chips in a double-boiler over the stove and use a spoon or spatula to coat each frozen egg. (The coating should solidify pretty quickly, thanks to the chilled filling.) Depending on your preferences, feel free to add a second coating of dark chocolate for a thicker chocolate shell.

melting and coating the cadbury eggs in chocolate

These eggs can be stored at room temperature for several hours, but if you don’t plan on serving them until the next day, I’d recommend keeping them in the fridge overnight so they don’t spoil. Enjoy chilled or at room temperature!

cadbury cream egg cut in half

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Easy Cadbury Creme Eggs (Vegan- & Paleo-friendly)
Prep Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

An easy and all-natural alternative to Cadbury Creme Eggs!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Calories: 211 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter (homemade or store-bought), at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup raw cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup 70% or darker chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut butter, raw cashew butter, and maple syrup in a bowl and stir well to combine. Scoop two tablespoons of that mixture into a separate bowl and add in the 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. Stir well to mix, creating the yellow "yolk" filling.
  2. Place both bowls in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes, or until the mixture is solid enough to be shaped with your hands. (If you chill the mixture too long it may become too firm to work with-- in that case, just place it on the counter until it starts to come to room temperature again.)
  3. To create the egg filling, scoop 1 tablespoon of the white filling and roll it between your hands to create a ball, then press it flat. Scoop 1/2 teaspoon of the yellow filling and place it in the center of the white filling, as pictured below.
  4. Wrap the white filling around the yellow filling, and roll it into a ball, as pictured above. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, creating about 8 small eggs. Place in the freezer to set until firm.
  5. To complete the eggs, melt the dark chocolate chips in a double-boiler over the stove and use a spoon or spatula to coat each frozen egg. (The coating should solidify pretty quickly, thanks to the chilled filling.) Depending on your preferences, feel free to add a second coating of dark chocolate for a thicker chocolate shell.
  6. These eggs can be stored at room temperature for several hours, but if you don't plan on serving them until the next day, I'd recommend keeping them in the fridge overnight so they don't spoil. Enjoy chilled or at room temperature!

Notes:

  • If you don’t want to use coconut butter, you can replace it with more cashew butter instead, but the filling will be significantly more tan/brown in color, making the yellow-colored yolk less noticeable.
  • I use dark chocolate chips in this recipe so that the eggs can be served at room temperature, but if you’d prefer a homemade chocolate coating, try using this recipe instead, and serve the eggs directly from the fridge.
  • You can use another type of nut or seed butter, if you prefer, but the color and flavor will be affected.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Alicia

These used to be my favorite growing up but I gave them up a few years ago because of the junk in them! I am beyond excited that you created this recipe. Using turmeric was so clever! 🙂

JillT

Eeeeeekkkkk! I’ve been hoping someone would make a paleo recipe for these for years – thanks so much!!!

Cindy S.

You are awesome Megan!

Andy

I can’t wait to try these! Is coconut oil the same as coconut butter?

Aubrey

These look great. How do they taste, really? Is it strongly coconut, or do they actually do justice to the original?

    Megan

    I only remember the original version tasting like straight powdered sugar, so I think these taste better. I like the more complex flavor from the hint of coconut and maple syrup– both of which you can taste, but they’re not overwhelming. If you want a sweeter version, like the original, I’d use a mix of maple syrup and honey, for extra sweetness without a strong maple or honey flavor.

Maggie

I saw your clean cadbury-like treats, on FB, and had to see how you did it! This is the first I’ve heard of you and after just a quick glance around, I will definitely be following on Pinterest.

Karen F

Wow!!! You read my mind! I was going to attempt to make these for Easter but now I have a recipe to follow! I have following your blog for a few months now and I just LOVE your recipes and articles. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to your cookbook too!!

Karen F

Meant to say have “been” 🙂

Ash

These look awesome my nephew is allergic to everything so I would live to try these.what would you recommend instead of nut butter? He is like deathly allergic to nuts.

    Catherine N

    Can he have sunflower seeds? Or soy? There is both a soy nut butter and a sunflower seed butter, although with the sunflower one I would probably drain off some of the oil first, since it tends to be a little more liquid than regular nut butter.

Candace @ Canida Free Candee

These look amazing! I am making these for the kids for sure!

Aloha

Awesome!! Thank you :). You are really cool!

Lily

Awesome idea! Such a fun way to introduce family and friends to raw desserts for Easter. Thanks for sharing this!

Arthur in the Garden!

Wow! So creative!

Mia

Which brand of dark chocolate chips do you use? I cannot find any that are allergen free. I can only find milk chocolate chips from Enjoy Life.

Samantha

You deserve an award for this. You’re a genius in my book.

Abbi*tarian

These are really neat :0). Thank you for sharing them!

Joanne

I never liked those eggs. Even as a kid, I could never finish an egg. But these sound super yummy! I just made a batch of coconut butter. Perhaps I should try these…
Thanks as always for another awesome recipe.

Diana

Just made these and I found that combining the coconut and cashew butter made the “white part” of the egg too dark. I just blended coconut butter and maple syrup to make the outer layer. Regardless, it turned out wonderfully as all your recipies always do. I love your website and appreciate the care and thoughfulness you put into your posts. Thank you so much.

Sarah

Just made a batch of these little balls of heaven! So much better than the processed ones from Cadbury. Megan I have been following your site for ten months and make one of your recipes every day. Thank you so much for knowledge and recipes,you are amazing.

Rachel Taylor

WOW!! I’ve been hoping to find a recipe for a vegan version of these! Definitely going to attempt it this weekend! Creme eggs have to be the one thing I miss the most since going vegan. Thank goodness I found this!

JGB

Saw this recipe on facebook! Came over to check it out! My kids and I tried making these….although they did not look AT ALL like yours my 6 yr old ate it right off the spoon!! Thanks so much. Your website looks wonderful and I can’t wait to make more of your recipes!!

    Megan

    Glad you enjoyed them!

Ava

Coconut butter is extreme easy to make. All you need is good quality shredded coconut and a blender. That’s it.

Ava

Just made the “eggs”, delicious. The only thing I changed is turmeric, I was afraid to add and change the taste (instead used organic food coloring), but maybe I shouldn’t? Please advise.
I also add some honey to chocolate, since I am usually using 85%.
Here is my post. Happy Easter!
http://nietypowewypieki.blogspot.de/2014/04/domowe-cadbury-creme-eggs.html

Heather

so excited to make these!! super last minute since easter is tomorrow, but do you think roasted cashew butter would work, or is it too dark? thanks!

Mary

I just made these subbing out the coconut & cashew butters for 1/2 cup peanut butter with 2 Tbsp honey. I would definitely recommend cutting the chocolate chips down to 3/4 cup or even 2/3 cup. 1 full cup of dark chocolate chips is way too much. Now I have a ton of leftover melted chocolate!

Christen

Enjoy life now has a dark chocolate chip that is 69% cacao…only one of our local health stores carry them right now…but you can purchase them on-line. We made these and they turned out really yummy…even the husband liked them (and he is definitely the hardest to please!)

VanillaMacaroon

I tried these for Easter dinner. I was able to give them a nice egg-like shape, they were really cute. Once they were frozen, I would use a toothpick to hold them and a spoon to cover them with chocolate. The only thing was that the filling was a lot darker than yours, Megan. I used store-bought cashew butter and homemade coconut butter. The mixture was really peanut-buttery looking, so I added coconut butter to lighten the colour without affecting the consistency too much. It turned kind of blonde, but I had to give up on the yolk idea, the whole thing was still too dark, not at all like yours. Regardless, everyone LOVED them and I made an extra batch yesterday for future sweet cravings 😀

    Megan

    Was the store-bought cashew butter raw or roasted? I find that roasted cashew butter (which is more commonly found at stores) tends to be darker than the raw version, but I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor regardless!

      VanillaMacaroon

      It was roasted cashew butter!! You’re so right, I overlooked that detail 🙂 But like I said, we devoured them all anyways 😉 Thanks for the reply!!

Mireya@myhealthyeatinghabits.comm

What a cut and creative idea!

chocolate

When you purchase this make sure it is 100% Xylitol and doesn’t have other ingredients.
If you are not able to settle it at the beginning, it might have
blown out of proportion and might affect the life in a negative way.
This is important when working with chocolate since it sets fast so have some type of plan before starting.

Jerri Higgins

Do you know what the nutritional values are, or how to figure it out – especially fat, cholesterol, sugars? Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    MyFitnessPal.com is great for calculating nutrition info– just add all the ingredients into the calculator and divide by the number of servings!

Alice

Hi, what paper are you using to place the chocolate on while it sets? Thanks

Suzanne

Hi Megan,
Do these taste very “coco-nutty”? It’s hard to find a vegan recipe using coconut butter, or oil that doesn’t end up overpowering the flavour of the other ingredients in the recipe….

Kim

I made this recipe for Easter and everyone loved them, even better then the original candy. Ty for creating!

Donna

These eggs were very easy to make and I thought they had a good coconut flavor. I used toasted cashew butter, so I didn’t have to add turmeric or make a yolk. There was quite a bit of chocolate leftover (enough to coat 4 large strawberries).

Angela

Genius! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

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