Looking for an easy Easter Treat? These Healthy Easter Nests are a great option for you.
Easter is of course about so much more than candy, but inevitably, sweet treats can be a big part of the celebrations. One of my all time favorite Easter treats used to be the Cadbury Chocolate Eggs. Not the large filled ones, but the small chocolate ones.
You can see loads of sugar-laden homemade nests filled with those eggs on Pinterest. I love them, but the sugar and artificial food colors don't love us, so here's is a recipe for Healthy Easter Nests that almost anyone can enjoy.
In past years, I've shared some amazing roundups of healthy Easter recipes, including this one, this one, and this one, which are sure to keep you hopping from one treat to the next. And these Chocolate Truffles with a Kick, Almond Joy Bars, and Grasshopper Bars would all be fabulous for Easter as well.
One of the recipes that I shared before is these No-Bake Healthy Chocolate Easter Nests. However, both the photo and the recipe needed some revamping, so I'm sharing the new and improved version with you now.
More On these Healthy Easter Nests
No HCFS, artificial food colors, soy, or refined sugar in these healthy easter nests. Just healthful ingredients to make your celebration a healthy one with no sugar crashes later. You can read why we avoid sugar here, and get more information on candida here. Soy can be a real problem for many of us, including those of us with thyroid conditions. You can read about other foods that can contribute to thyroid issues here.
If you are able to eat cocoa, the chocolate version does taste better in my opinion, but the stimulants in cocoa can be rough on those with adrenal and thyroid concerns. You can read more about adrenal fatigue here and thyroid disease here.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions for Healthy Easter Nests
- Coconut Butter: Here is a great recipe for making your own coconut butter.
- Almond Butter: You can substitute any nut or seed butter for the almond butter. Here is a post on making nut or seed butter. For AIP, use additional coconut butter instead.
- Carob: Use organic carob powder instead of cocoa for AIP.
- Stevia: I used chocolate flavor liquid stevia. You can also substitute 2 Tbsp healthy liquid sweetener of choice. Honey, maple syrup, or glycerine will work, with glycerine and jerusalem artichoke syrup being the low-carb options. Glycerine is not on plan for THM. If you have them both available, I would use 1/2 of each for better results as explained in this post about using stevia. Another alternative for low carbers is to use 2 Tbsp of either powdered xylitol or powdered organic erythritol with 1 tsp water. See this post for more information on substituting sweeteners.
- THM: If you are on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe will fit in as an “S.”
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests
Place coconut butter and nut butter in the top of a double boiler, or soften in a pan over very low heat. If using a double boiler, simply turn the heat up until the water boils, then turn it down to a simmer. Heat the coconut butter until smooth.
Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Mold approximately 2 Tbsp of the mixture into a ball. Flatten partially and make a small indentation in the middle. Place them in a small container, lining with parchment paper if desired. It's a bit helpful, but not necessary.
Place the “eggs” in the indentation, using slight pressure so that they will stick when the nests harden.
Place the nests in the refrigerator to cool for 1 to 1½ hours. These do not need to be stored in the refrigerator, but the "eggs" will soften outside of the fridge.
My kids were very happy to get these. It's not often I spend a bunch of time making “cutesy” treats anymore. But I do love spending the extra time for holidays and such.
I hope you and your family enjoy these healthy easter nests too!