Have fun this Easter with these cute gluten free No Bake Chocolate Nests. Nestled inside is a special treat that everyone loves this time of year, chocolate mini eggs.
“How’s the diet going?”
“Not good. I had eggs for breakfast.”
Easter is just around the corner and the stores are FULL of candy coated chocolate eggs. My absolute weakness. I used to be a Cadbury Mini Eggs girl, and although I would never say “no” to them, I really love the Hershey’s Eggies. I don’t think they are available in the U.S., but I could be wrong. It’s that little delightful candy that I put in these little gluten free No Bake Chocolate Nests.
I altered the No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I have previously shared, making it nut free*, and adding shredded coconut. If you’re looking for a last minute Easter treat for a gathering, or just looking for more ways to eat those chocolate mini eggs, these cookies are for you! They are super easy to make, and a great opportunity to get the kids in the kitchen too. While you scoop the cookies onto the waxed paper, they can create the indents, and add the chocolate eggs.
I’d suggest buying the LARGE bag of mini eggs, because somehow, mine mysteriously disappeared while I was making these. 😉
- 1 1/2 cup (300 g) granulated sugar
- 6 Tablespoons (90 ml) milk
- 6 Tablespoons (90 ml) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups (180 g) certified gluten free quick cook rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (45 g) medium shredded coconut
- gluten free chocolate eggs (I prefer Eggies from Hershey's, but Cadbury Mini Eggs work)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium/medium-high heat, stir together the sugar, milk, butter, cocoa powder, and salt.
Stir regularly until the mixture comes to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down to medium, and boil hard for 1 1/2 minutes without stirring.
Stir in the vanilla.
Add the quick cook oats and shredded coconut. Stir until fully combined.
Scoop about 1 rounded tablespoonof the mixture out onto the prepared pan, and use the back of a spoon to press an indent in the middle, forming a nest shape. Arrange 3 chocolate eggs per nest, pressing in just slightly so that they will adhere to the cookies.
You will have to work quickly, because the cookies start to set fairly quick.
Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.
- From ACAAI.org: “Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut.” Please use your judgement when choosing what is best for your family.
Other No-Bake Treats to make your life easier:
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops
- Gluten Free Pink Lemonade Pie
- No Bake Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Pie
- Dairy-Free Freezer Cake from What the Fork Fork Food Blog
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Chex Mix from Flippin’ Delicious
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