No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests

These no bake chocolate coconut nests are such an easy Easter treat only require three ingredients: shredded coconut, chocolate chips and candy eggs! Vegan and gluten-free. 

Of all treats I’ve been making lately, and there have been quite a few, these little nests are Isaac’s favorite! I’m pumped because they’re also the easiest and fastest to make. Plus they involve my favorite Easter candy ever, Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Chocolate coconut flake Easter nest treats with Cadbury eggs in the nest.

These chocolate nests are inspired by the traditional chocolate nest candies. Except these are not made with chow mein noodles and corn syrup. You’re welcome! Whether these are for you or kiddos in your life, no one needs to feel guilty about snacking on these. They are the cutest little treat for Easter or springtime in general.


Chocolate coconut flake Easter nest treats with Cadbury eggs in the nest. Four nests on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to Make Coconut Chocolate Nests

  1. You’ll start by toasting your coconut. Either spread the shredded coconut on a baking sheet or toast in a saucepan. No matter which method you choose, pay close attention! Shredded coconut can burn easily so don’t get distracted.
  2. After your coconut is done toasting (remember, watch it carefully), let it cool while you melt the chocolate. You’ll mix the melted chocolate with cooled shredded coconut in a medium bowl and then scoop 2-3 Tablespoons of the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roughly shape into a nest.
  3. Add 2-3 candy eggs to each nest and let sit at room temperature or pop into the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Chocolate coconut flake Easter nest treats with Cadbury eggs in the nest.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, it’s HARD to pass by the treat aisle in the grocery store. Sure, there’s always a treat aisle, but around Easter and Halloween I swear they clear out two to four aisles for sweets. Makes me wonder if candy consumption really grows that much that they need to increase their inventory 4x?! I’m looking at you, Target!

Anyway, I love my sweets but I am also mindful of what I’m putting in my body so I love when I can recreate childhood favorites with better ingredients. And with this one, I still get to enjoy a few of my favorite candies. Win, win!

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A hand holding a chocolate coconut flake Easter nest treat with Cadbury eggs in the nest.

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These no bake chocolate coconut nests are such an easy Easter treat only require three ingredients: shredded coconut, chocolate chips and candy eggs! Vegan and gluten-free. 


  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Lily’s chocolate chips)
  • 24 Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans or macadamia nuts*


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread the shredded coconut onto a baking sheet for toasting. Place in oven for 5-10 minutes, until coconut is a light golden brown color. Make sure to stay in the kitchen watch the coconut, as it can easily go from toasted to burnt. Alternately, you can toast the coconut in a pan on the stove-top.
  2. Let toasted coconut cool on baking sheet while melting chocolate. Add chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 20-30 second increments until the chocolate is melted. Add cooled coconut and melted chocolate into a large bowl and toss to combine. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop about 2-3 Tablespoons of the coconut chocolate mixture onto a piece of parchment and shape into a nest. Top each nest with 2-3 eggs. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Let nests set at room temperature or place in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process. Store leftover nests in an airtight container at room temp for 4-5 days or in the fridge for longer storage. If you store them in the fridge, let sit for about 5-10 minutes before eating.


  • Vegan: If you want these to be vegan you’ll need to use non-dairy chocolate chips and vegan jelly beans, vegan candy eggs or macadamia nuts.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 nest
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

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    1. Shirley Bishop
      April 5, 2021 AT 4:31 pm

      I have a question. My grandkids don’t like chocolate. Could you substitute white chocolate and use like food coloring for spring colored nests?
      Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 4:40 pm

        Hi Shirley. White chocolate should work great! I haven’t tried it but someone actually messaged me this weekend and said they made these with white chocolate. I’m not sure if food coloring affects the texture or melting of white chocolate so you may want to google how to add food coloring. Let me know how they turn out!!

    2. Luciana
      April 4, 2021 AT 12:35 am

      I loved the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 12:55 pm

        Yay, I’m so glad you loved it!!

    3. MerryP
      April 3, 2021 AT 6:32 pm

      Fell in love with your Instagram post on these cute little bird nests. I toasted frozen flaked coconut and I toasted sweetened coconut… both turned out great. I have my first nest in the refrigerator now waiting for it to set up. I toasted the majority of my coconut today. Will toast a small batch tomorrow to show my littles the process and then let them make the nests and place the eggs. I’m sure they will love this! Thanks for a great idea!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2021 AT 11:12 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved these. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Kelsey
      April 3, 2021 AT 2:04 pm

      Yearly tradition for us! Perfect for little helpers who like to help in the kitchen and SO yummy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2021 AT 11:17 pm

        Yay!! So glad these nests have been a hit! Thanks for the review, Kelsey. I so appreciate it!

    5. Natalie
      April 2, 2021 AT 11:11 pm

      I haven’t tried the finished product yet but I’ve been tasting as I went through the recipe. Toasting the coconut is such an amazing touch. The recipe is easy and fast! Be sure to watch the coconut in the oven

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2021 AT 11:45 pm

        I hope you love them, Natalie!!

    6. Vicki
      April 2, 2021 AT 8:47 pm

      These are so easy to make and absolutely adorable once assembled!! Could only find finely shredded unsweetened coconut and they still came together and 3 mini Cadbury eggs sit atop. Made these for our adult kiddos who will be visiting us on Sunday for Easter Brunch. These will be perfect to make next year together with our grandson who will be over 2 by next Spring, can’t wait!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2021 AT 11:46 pm

        Oh yay!! So glad these turned out for you, Vicki. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    7. Roopa G
      May 24, 2020 AT 10:41 am

      Easy but video is expanded too much

    8. Peggy
      April 13, 2020 AT 4:54 pm

      So easy to make, and looked pretty in my granddaughters Easter Baskets, or at least the ones that like coconut. Saved 2 for my husband and I they are so good!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:07 pm

        Ahh I love that you added them to her Easter basket. 🙂 I’m so glad they were a hit! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

    9. Nancy
      April 12, 2020 AT 7:14 pm

      So simple and flavourful! An instant hit! I will surely make again all year round, without the mini eggs. Even my husband and daughter, who often find the flavour of coconut to be overpowering, loved these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:20 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Nancy!! I’m so glad these nests were a hit. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    10. ritakumari @cocochocolate
      May 7, 2019 AT 2:14 pm

      Wow – those look amazing. I have family in from out of town this weekend – these look like a perfect treat to have around the house for my guests to snack on!

    11. Leigh Ann Aiken
      April 19, 2019 AT 10:12 am

      Hi Brittany! These look awesome. How do you think coconut flakes would turn out instead of shredded coconut?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2019 AT 11:01 am

        Yes, I think so! Let me know if you try it!

    12. Claire
      April 14, 2019 AT 1:18 pm

      I cannot seem to find the longer shredded coconut anywhere! I searched Whole Foods, Target, and Amazon. Any suggestions?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2019 AT 3:41 pm

        Bummer. Maybe places are sold out because the Easter/Passover? I know Target usually has it! Do you have a Trader Joe’s nearby. They definitely sell it. also sells it. And the Baker’s brand sells unsweetened shredded coconut too! I found it online at but they’re sold out. :/

    13. Lauren
      April 10, 2019 AT 1:30 pm

      Cadbury mini eggs aren’t vegan I’m afraid!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 10, 2019 AT 1:44 pm

        No, they definitely aren’t. To make these vegan you can use vegan candy eggs or jelly beans or use the macadamia nuts.

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