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.

WATCH HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COCONUT NESTS:

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!

If you make these No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests, be sure to leave a comment and start rating below letting me know how it turns outs. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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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

Description

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. 


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips*
  • 24 Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans or macadamia nuts*

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition

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

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    13 comments
    1. Roopa G
      May 24, 2020 AT 10:41 am

      Easy but video is expanded too much

    2. 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!

    3. 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

    4. 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!

    5. 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!

    6. 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. Nuts.com also sells it. https://nuts.com/driedfruit/coconut/organic-shredded.html And the Baker’s brand sells unsweetened shredded coconut too! I found it online at Walmart.com but they’re sold out. :/

    7. 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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