These Easy Chocolate Bird Nests are a family-favorite recipe I make every year around Easter time. They are quick, easy, AND healthy!
Note: This recipe was originally published in 2012. I updated the photos and the text and recipe are the same.
When different holidays roll around, do you find yourself dreaming of all the cute projects and baking treats you’re going to complete and then realize there’s no way in heck you have time for any of it? That’s totally me.
I see the cutest ideas all over Pinterest before Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter and have great intentions to make things. Crafty things, baking things, all sorts of things.
Then reality hits and it sinks in that each little “project” will take much longer than it seems and even getting one little thing done will be harder than anticipated.
This little Easter treat, however, is not one of those projects. This Easter treat is for all you need-a-last-minute-super-quick-but-still-cute-oh-and-can-it-be-healthy-too gals. These adorable little nests can be whipped up in 15 minutes or less. If you have guests coming over at noon, go ahead and start them at 11:30. You’ll be good.
And did I mention that they’re healthy, too? Sure are. Tasty. Healthy. Quick. Need I say more?
If you make these, I would LOVE to see! Tag me on Instagram @happyhealthymama and show me your pics!
- 1 cup soft pitted dates
- ½ cup almonds
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter or almond butter
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- candy-coated almonds or other egg shaped candies, preferably naturally colored
- In a high powered blender or food processor, process the dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and peanut butter until they are broken down completely. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the shredded coconut. Blend it in with your hands, kneading the mixture to incorporate the coconut.
- If the dough seems too dry/crumbly and isn't staying together that well, you can add a splash of almond milk or a little more peanut butter/almond butter. Your dates may have been too old or dry.
- Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and press the center of the ball flat with your thumbs. Pinch the edges to create a nest shape. Place 2-3 candy eggs in each nest. Enjoy!
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