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!
I 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.