With a delicious casing made with magnesium rich raw cacao, coconut and dates, then filled with a decadent raw caramel and a touch of coconut cream, these Easter Nests make the perfect Crème Egg Substitue.
Make time: 30 mins | Soak time: 2−4 hours | Setting time 1−2 hours | Makes 6 nests or 12 mini nests
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
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 just melt down a raw chocolate bar and pour the melted chocolate into a mini Easter egg mould and set in the freezer.
Recipe courtesy of Little Bird Organics - Photo Taken by Aimee Magne
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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 and cacao butter in a blender and blend until completely smooth. With the blender running slowly pour in the coconut oil and cacao butter 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.
This recipe is so healthy that it kind of hurts... my sweet tooth because I ate SO many of these dang things! I can never quite justify buying or eating Oreo's despite their supposedly 'vegan' status because they contain non-sustainable palm oil and I'm not about deforestation and destruction of valuable habitat for hundreds of animals. No thank you! These are fudgey, chocolate-y, nourishing, and full of amazing raw and activated ingredients from Little Bird Organics' Pantry Staples range. Yum! However, if you leap into this recipe expecting it to taste just like a baked, white-sugar-laden, refined cookie then you will be sorely disappointed. This is more like a raw dessert in the shape of a tasty Oreo cookie - inspired loosely, if you will.
Whip this muesli up to share with your dad for brunch. I also rate muesli as a good snack idea too in the afternoon sometimes. It can save me from hitting those sugary snacks. I pair this with coconut yoghurt and blueberries. It’s great for satiety levels (you know, that all important “fullness factor”).
The holiday season can be a tricky time of year for those of us trying to stick to our diet goals. These chocolate truffles are packed with the natural goodness of nuts and seeds and sweetened with dates, making them the perfect, healthy contribution to any party spread or even just a delicious mid-afternoon pick-me-up.