Easter Bird Nests

These Easter bird nests are the cutest, sweetest things ever! What an adorable dessert and a nice accent on your Easter table. They are very easy to make and delicious, too. Kids could help make these, but they might spread some chocolate around, so be ready!

easter bird nestsI haven’t tried the free form shaping of the nests on parchment paper yet. I make mine in regular sized muffin tins. They come out to just about the right size and the tins are big enough to allow a nice indentation in the middle for the nest shape. One recommendation: spray the inside of the cups with oil, or spread oil lightly on the cups with a paper towel. My nests were a little hard to remove and some broke a little. A light coating of oil would make for easy removal.

You shouldn’t have a hard time finding vegan chocolate chips. I have been using Nestle Simply Delicious chips for a few months now, since Christmas. They’re vegan and 53% cacao. They also melt perfectly in the microwave – that’s what really matters! I found them in my every day chain grocery store. When microwaving, be sure to heat the chips for short amounts of time, no more than 30 seconds, stirring between heating times.

This recipe is adapted from The Hidden Veggies. If you love chocolate, you might also like my Chocolate Almond Walnut Clusters. If you are putting together a menu for spring holidays, have a look at my Easter recipes page.

Any candies or treats could be put into the nests in place of the jelly beans. To find other candies that are vegan, you can check this list on the PETA website.

 

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Easter Bird Nests
The cutest, sweetest things ever! An adorable chocolate-y dessert and a nice accent on your Easter table. They are very easy to make and delicious, too.
easter bird nests
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
nests
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
nests
Ingredients
easter bird nests
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between heating times, until almost completely melted.
  2. Add the nut butter to the bowl and microwave again for 10 seconds. Stir to combine the chocolate and nut butter thoroughly.
  3. Add two pinches of salt to the chocolate and nut butter and blend well.
  4. Add the chow mein noodles or pretzels and carefully stir them to coat with chocolate. This might take a few minutes, but eventually the noodles will be coated.
  5. Spoon the chocolate coated noodles into the muffin tin, being mindful of leaving an indentation in the center.
  6. Once the nests have been shaped, place the muffin tin into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to harden the nests. Remove the tin from the fridge and use a small spoon to carefully get under one edge of the nest and coax it out of the pan.
  7. Place all nests onto a platter or plate as you remove them from the pan. Once all have been placed on the platter, put them into the refrigerator for 5 more minutes or until you serve the nests. Add jelly beans or your favorite candy/treat to the nests before serving.
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