Easy Chocolate Easter Nests
A fun chocolate dessert for the kids tweaked just enough to be lower in sugar but filled with flavour. Chocolate Easter Nests are made with unsweetened Whole Bran, dark chocolate, and coconut milk. Perfect for indulging in over the Easter weekend.
Easter is at the door! We need to make a plan for this brunch table! Try this Chocolate Easter Nests recipe to finish the feast on a high note! They are so easy to make, the kids could help to do them easily! I tried to keep it as low sugar as possible, but being an Easter recipe… one must surrender to chocolate. The kids will probably agree with me on this one. Easter equals chocolate!
Bran is the outer layer of popular grains, like wheat, oat, rice and corn, turned into a compressed cereal. It’s excellent for its fibre content, vitamins, protein, etc. Check this link if you want to know more about it. My version of Whole Bran, found in a Bio supermarket, was unsweetened, fantastic! Since it will be covered in chocolate, no sugar is better. You could also do these nests with shredded wheat cereal, mini pretzels, chow mein, vermicelli noodles, or even shredded coconut.
Dark chocolate contains way less sugar than its milk version. I personally also like the bitterness of dark chocolate. Ultimately, you choose the chocolate you prefer, white chocolate included. Melting the chocolate is always a delicate process, so I highly recommend a bain-marie style (a bowl over boiling water). I added coconut milk to the chocolate to make it sweeter and tastier.
Pour the coconut milk warmed up to prevent the chocolate from seizing or getting unsmooth. Make sure the water under the bowl doesn’t touch, and the water is simmering gently. But frankly, even if it does seize, it doesn’t matter the finish on these nests doesn’t need to be ultra smooth.
Kids to the Rescue
This is where child labour can start! Just kidding… But kids will love to mix up the chocolate and cereal together and form little nests! This recipe is almost too easy to write down. For the little ones with allergies, these nests don’t contain any nuts, eggs or lactose. I’ve added some extra shredded coconut peels to represent the feathers left behind by the mama bird. Of course, this last step is optional.
Can I Make it Ahead of Time?
Of course, no pressure; you can easily keep them in an airtight container for up to a week or two in the fridge and a few weeks in the freezer. So no pressure for the big Easter brunch day!
Is Whole Bran Gluten-Free?
No, Whole Bran contains gluten; although this recipe is lactose-free, nut and egg free, it does contain gluten.
Other Easter Recipes
- 250 g whole bran tubular form
- 200 g dark chocolate milk or white chocolate
- 100 g coconut milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp coconut shreds optional
- 36 decorative chocolate eggs
- Melt the chocolate with the coconut milk in a bain-marie (bowl over boiling water).
- Add the melted chocolate to the whole bran and mix.
- On parchment paper, form the little nests and add the shredded coconut pieces.
- Let it in a cool place to rest for 2 hours or until fixed.
- Add the decorative eggs.
What a fun treat! These chocolate nests are so adorable. And I also like that the recipe is dairy free.
My niece spent the weekend with me and we made these Chocolate Easter Nests and they were so fun to make . They were equally delicious !! Thanks for a great recipe.
I just loved this less sweet and healthy Easter treat. I didn’t even feel like I was missing out on enjoying Easter candy. I also made them as a snack for one of my personal chef clients ~ they loved them!
I tried my hand at making these chocolate nests and it was an absolute hit! I love that you just need a few simple ingredients and these delicious treats were ready in no time.
What a fun and super easy to make recipe. I tried it with my kids and we had a great time in the kitchen. We are making them again for Easter Sunday.
Love this! I’d have never thought of using bran for these nests, but what a great way to make a classic treat a little more nutritious for our whole family.