No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests

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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!

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No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests

5 from 8 votes
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. 
A hand holding a chocolate coconut flake Easter nest treat with Cadbury eggs in the nest.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 8 -10

Ingredients

  • 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*

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Video

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1nest Calories: 194kcal Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 2g Fat: 14g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 14g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake chocolate nests

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    27 comments
    1. Sheila
      April 27, 2021 AT 1:52 pm

      5 stars
      Made this recipe twice already after Easter. I going to make it with carmel chips and pistachio for someone with a chocolate allergy for their May birthday, can’t wait. Found sea salt carmel chips on Amazon , Scotts cakes no chocolate in them and Hershey’s makes some too . Love these there so yummy! Thank you for posting this.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 27, 2021 AT 8:41 pm

        Ohh the caramel and pistachio version sounds yummy!! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out. 🙂

    2. 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!!

    3. 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!!

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

      5 stars
      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!

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

      5 stars
      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!

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