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Chocolate Bird's Nests

These adorable Dark Chocolate Bird’s Nests require only a handful of ingredients and one pot to make.  Let your kids help form and fill the nests for a fun Easter activity.

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Servings: 12

Prep Time: 00:00

Cook Time: 00:00

Main Ingredients

5 tablespoons coconut oil

3 tablespoons peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)

pinch of salt

1 - 3/4 cups brown rice puffs (or other whole grain puffed cereal)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

36 small pieces of fruits, nuts, or candy for filling the nests*

Preparation

1Line a baking sheet or platter with wax paper and set aside.

2In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine coconut oil, peanut butter, maple syrup, cacao powder, and salt until smooth and melted.

3Remove from heat and allow chocolate mixture to cool for a few minutes then add in the brown rice puffs and shredded coconut and mix well to combine.

4Scoop out rounded mounds of mixture onto the wax paper lined pan (you will get about 12 mounds). The mix will still be a bit loose at this point, so put the mounds into the refrigerator for about 5 minutes to firm up.

5Once the nests are firm (but not solid!) after a few minutes in the refrigerator, remove the tray and start shaping the mounds into little nests with indents in the center.

6Fill each nest with small fruits, nuts, or candy, and refrigerate for another hour or so until completely firm.

7Store in an airtight container in a cool area or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Additional Notes

*Try filling the nests with fresh raspberries, green grapes, cashews, almonds, or macadamia nuts for a healthy alternative to candy.

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