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! 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!

The chocolate coconut nests with Cadbury eggs in a white bowl, one nest on the table and two on parchment on a baking sheet.

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No Bake Chocolate Coconut Nests

5 from 22 votes
These no bake chocolate coconut nests are such an easy Easter treat only require three ingredients: shredded coconut, chocolate chips and candy eggs!
A hand holding a chocolate coconut flake Easter nest treat with Cadbury eggs in the nest.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ 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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    37 comments
    1. Kori Daniel
      April 17, 2022 AT 7:05 pm

      5 stars
      These are amazing! So flavorful and perfect. I love how pretty they are too.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 18, 2022 AT 7:23 am

        Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Kori. Thank you so much for making them and leaving a review, I appreciate it so much 🙂

    2. pamela mann
      April 13, 2022 AT 2:16 pm

      5 stars
      Do you use milk chocolate chips or semi sweet? I was thinking semi sweet may be too overpowering with chocolate??
      Also, mine are not holding together well. Should I do more chocolate next time? I couldn’t find long shreds of coconut so used unsweet shredded. Maybe that is why? I also used milk chocoate. They are as cute as can be and I will use one next to each Easter diner plate. Just not holding together.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2022 AT 9:26 am

        Hi, Pamela! Using shredded as opposed to the longer shreds is probably the culprit of why they aren’t holding together. As for the milk vs semi-sweet chocolate, I used Lily’s milk chocolate chips but semi-sweet would be okay too, just personal preference or whatever you have on hand!

    3. Ella
      March 26, 2022 AT 2:59 pm

      So fun. I used to make these as a kid.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 28, 2022 AT 12:56 pm

        Yay! I love when recipes can spark memories. Thanks for sharing, Ella.

    4. Denise
      March 15, 2022 AT 7:54 pm

      What could you use instead of coconut to make the nests?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2022 AT 3:12 pm

        Hi, Denise. Unfortunately, shredded coconut is one of the main ingredients in this recipe and there isn’t a good substitute for it.

    5. Alex
      January 7, 2022 AT 8:38 am

      What brand of coconut is that? I can’t find any long shreds like that. Just short ones. Thanks so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2022 AT 3:27 pm

        I’ve found them at Trader Joe’s and Kroger before!

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