I love the look of sweet little white chocolate nests around Easter time. And these super easy treats are fun to whip up as a festive treat. My White Chocolate Easter Nests are also vegan. I found some white chocolate chips online (also in many kosher supermarkets) and was excited to make “white” nests for once – when usually I was stuck making dark chocolate nests. Rustic coconut and creamy sweet chocolate mesh together for a tasty treat kids and adulst will love. Fill these nests with whatever you’d like. Candy “eggs” or toy birdies like I did.
White Chocolate Coconut Easter Nests
vegan, makes about 12 nests
1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds – chill in fridge (add a few sprinkles more as needed for handling)
1 1/2 cups vegan white chocolate chips
1 Tbsp ground flax seeds (for texture, color and a little boost of nutrition)
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
little toy birdies inside nests (optional) – I purchased these from World Market. They look a little like the Twitter icon don’t they!
*remove birdies before eating or serving to young children!
More info on the vegan white chocolate chips on my blog Healthy. Happy. Life – and a cookie recipe using them.
1. Add the coconut oil and white chocolate chips to a microwavable bowl and heat in short intervals – stirring well at each interval to ensure the chocolate does not burn. I do about 3-4 intervals of 20 seconds. You can also melt over a double broiler. Stir chips into melted oil until creamy.
2. stir in salt and vanilla.
3. Fold in the chilled coconut. I actually place mine in the freezer for 20 minutes before starting. The cold coconut helps to cool and harden the chocolate for easier handling. Add more coconut shreds as needs to properly handle mixture.
4. You can either shape the nests and place on parchment paper – or place dollops of the mixture in greased or lined muffin tins – and punch a tiny hole in center for nest shape.
5. Place nests in freezer for at least 20 minutes. They should be ready to serve! You can store in either the fridge or freezer. Thaw a few minutes before serving.