Chocolate Easter Nests are super easy to make with your kids for Easter or spring. They are no bake, cute, fun and delicious treats made using peanut butter cups.
Easter Nests are not only cute, but they're also really tasty. They are made using store bought peanut butter cups, sun butter cups or homemade almond butter cups and topped with shredded coconut coated in melted chocolate and mini candy eggs.
I'm always looking for easy recipes during festive season or entertaining to ease the stress from hosting a gathering. Birds nests are a totally festive way to celebrate Easter after the 40 days of lenten season (you might also like this Lent dinner ideas helpful).
They’re perfect for class parties (sun butter cups are a perfect nut-free treat for school), play dates or any time you need a fun treat that’s not time consuming.
Why you'll love this treat?
- Only 5 ingredients - Any store bought or homemade nut butter cup, chocolate chips, sweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil and mini candy Easter eggs is all you need.
- Quick and Easy - A simple microwave recipe that is ready in less than 5 minutes.
- Perfect for kids - This is a fantastic recipe for the kids to make! There's no cooking or baking involved, fun to make and great treat to pair with your Easter egg hunt.
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
All you need is a few ingredients and minutes to make these fun little Easter nests. Check them out below.
- Chocolate chips - I like to use semi sweet chocolate for these Easter nests, but you can use white, dark or milk chocolate chips.
- Coconut - We use sweetened shredded coconut which added the perfect sweetness when combined with melted chocolate.
- Mini Cadbury eggs - Any egg shaped candy like malt eggs, jelly beans can be used.
- Nut butter cups - Use store bought peanut butter cups to make a super easy treat.
Substitutions & Variations
- Not a fan of coconut? Try using crushed cornflakes.
- Use any store bought or homemade nut butter cup.
- Use jelly beans or Easter M&M’s instead of mini eggs.
- Switch up the chocolate and use milk, dark or white chocolate chips instead of semi sweet chocolate chips.
- Skip coconut oil or use butter instead.
- Add flavorings like vanilla or almond extract to flavor Easter nests.
How to make?
- Add semi sweet chocolate chips and coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds until fully melted, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds.
- Add sweetened shredded coconut into the melted chocolate mixture.
- Stir with a spoon until thoroughly combined and you don't see any white shreds anymore.
Tip: Mix the coconut gently so that it stays loose and maintains a fluffy texture when shaped into nests.
5. Select your nut butter cup. Use store bought peanut cups, any nut free nut butter cups or make at home using the links provided. Place a heaped tablespoon of the coconut chocolate mixture on the peanut butter cup.
6. Hold the chocolate cup with one hand and using a spoon shape the coconut into a nest shape.
7 & 8. Place 3 mini candy eggs in the middle of the nests, pressing them gently to adhere with the chocolate.
How long do they keep?
Once you have made your Easter nests, place them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep well for up to a week. It’s great for making ahead before Easter celebrations.
- Once assembled, I like to refrigerate Easter nests for at least 4 hours to help the chocolate harden.
- Use sweetened shredded coconut.
- Nut butter cups - Use store bought or homemade peanut butter cups, almond butter cups or sun butter cups.
- Eggs - We like to use mini Speckled Chocolate Malt balls from Sprouts or mini candy eggs to make Easter nests.
More Easter recipes to try:
- Add chocolate chips and coconut oil into a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds (stirring every 20 seconds) or until melted and smooth.
- Stir in shredded coconut or until completely coated. Tip: Be gentle when stirring so that the coconut remains loose and not packed to create a beautiful nest.
- Scoop 1 heaped tablespoon coconut mixture on top of each nut butter cup, shape with a spoon to form a round nest and place 3 candy eggs in the middle, pressing gently to adhere.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.
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