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.
No HCFS, artificial food colors, soy, or refined sugar in these. 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.
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These No-Bake Healthy Chocolate Easter Nests make it easy to have a healthful Easter celebration without the typical sugar crash.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup coconut butter (purchase it or make your own)
- 1/4 cup nut or seed butter (use additional coconut butter for AIP)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa or carob powder (use carob for AIP)
- 20 drops liquid stevia (I used chocolate flavor) or 2 Tbsp liquid sweetener of choice. 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 you use 2 T powdered xylitol with 1 tsp water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt (I recommed Real Salt)
- Several varieties of the Healthy Easter Fudge for making the eggs (you may use any little “egg-type” treat that you wish).
- 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!