With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the fun healthy Easter treats you can create, like these fun little Easter Nests from our friends at Little Bird.
The case is made with magnesium-rich raw cacao, coconut, and dates, and filled with decadent raw caramel and a touch of coconut cream to create that crème egg effect.
Holidays are the perfect time to blow people away with just how good raw and wholefoods cooking really tastes, there is no need to get off the healthy train for the holidays and start loading up on refined sugar. You can enjoy your holiday treats and feel good as well.
Make time: 30 mins | Soak time: 2−4 hours | Setting time 1−2 hours | Makes 6 nests or 12 mini nests
For the Cacao Case:
¾ cup dried coconut
½ cup dried shredded coconut (the shredded coconut adds a nice texture to it but you can use more dried coconut if you don’t have any)
⅓ cup cacao powder
⅓ packed cup pitted dates
3 tbsp melted cold-pressed coconut oil
1 tbsp melted cacao butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
For the Caramel Filling:
¼ cup cashews (soaked 2−4 hours)
½ cup pitted Medjool dates
¼ cup sweetener (light raw agave, organic maple syrup or brown rice syrup)
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup melted cold pressed coconut oil
pinch sea salt+
Coconut Cream – an optional extra for that crème egg effect
4 tbsp softened coconut butter
3 tbsp light sweetener (coconut nectar or light raw agave)
¾ cup dried shredded coconut
12 mini raw Easter eggs (2 per nest)
If you can’t find any raw Easter eggs to buy you could make your own raw chocolate Easter eggs from scratch if you’re experienced at making raw chocolate. If you’re wanting a shortcut, just melt down a raw chocolate bar and pour the melted chocolate into a mini Easter egg mould and set in the freezer.
To prepare the cacao case: Place the dates in a food processor for 30 seconds until they are chopped up but not quite forming a paste now add the vanilla, coconut oil, and cacao butter and blend for another 20 seconds until well combined (almost forming a paste). Lastly, add in the dry ingredients and pulse lightly together.
Line a regular muffin tin with plastic wrap and divide the mixture between 6 of the muffin cups, press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin tin, the mixture will not hold together really well but will come together once you cool them in the refrigerator.
To prepare the caramel filling: Place all the ingredients except the coconut oil in a blender and blend until completely smooth. With the blender running slowly pour in the coconut oil until combined.
Spoon into your muffin cups and set in the fridge or freezer for 1−2 hours until set.
To prepare the coconut cream: In a small bowl mix the coconut butter with the sweetener and place one tablespoon in the centre on top of the caramel filling.
To finish: Before serving, top with a heaping tablespoon of shredded coconut and a couple of raw mini Easter eggs.
These delightful little nests need to be stored and served from the refrigerator as the coconut oil will become soft quickly on a hot day.
- Recipe created by Little Bird
- Photography by Lottie Hedley