Easter Peeps are an enigma in the life of Cara {me}. Why did I just address myself in third person? And I love how I had to clarify who Cara is.

Vegan Easter Peeps - Fork & Beans

I want to like them, I really do. Every Easter, I pick a box of Peeps up and proceed to sniff them through their wrapper and decide whether or not this is going to be the year that I finally like them. But it ends in the usual manner: I take a bite out of it and then immediately spit it out. These are not the only foods that I have this strange dichotomy towards, mind you. I do this every year at Thanksgiving when I see those sweet potatoes with that marshmallow top. And cantaloupe. And eggs.  And Chex Mix. And…okay, you get the point.

Vegan Easter Peeps - Fork & Beans

But that doesn’t mean that I will be stopped from making homemade Peeps, oh no! I just spent the last minute explaining to you how Peeps are not my thing but that by no means affects my desire to create them Sure sure, I took a bite only to inevitably spit them out again, but no one said that I was actually sane. {This has nothing to do with the recipe, by the way. It’s only personal preference}.

Vegan Easter Peeps - Fork & Beans

Homemade Peeps Recipe

Gluten, egg, and dairy free

I followed this recipe {Thanks, Martha!}


  • 1 packet Naturals Dessert unflavored Jel {I used this} OR: 2 .5 tsps agar powder/2 .5 Tbs agar flakes/or 1 packet gelatin {whatever is your poison}
  • 1/3 c. cold water, plus 1/4 c. water {for syrup}
  • 1 c. sugar


Follow what Martha says.

Here is what your base should look like after the 8-10 minutes of mixing {yes! 8-10 minutes–that is not an exaggeration in the instructions!}

  1. I used a Ziploc baggie to fill up my marshmallow cream. Cut a 1/2″ slit into the corner. Pipe immediately!
  2. This is the difficult part. Start with the body base. Make it shape like an oval. It’s not going to look perfect so get over that now. I rolled sugar over it because it made it easier to work with.

3.   Pipe a head on the edge of the body base. Again, to make it easier to work with you can dust with sugar at this point. Pipe the ears and pray for the best. Finish the sugar dusting.

As you can see in the background, some of those bunnies are definitely the runts of the litter. Maybe not the best looking but who cares? YOU JUST MADE PEEPS!

Vegan Easter Peeps - Fork & Beans