Health(ier) Chocolate Easter Nests
Google doesn’t really tell me when making chocolate nests became an Easter tradition.
Easter is ultimately a celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Eggs are symbolic of this new life. In more recent times chocolate has firmly encroached on all the action, and at some point chocolate Easter nests have also become synonymous with this season.
In my household the success of the chocolate nest is fairly easy to explain. Firstly and most importantly I like chocolate. Secondly I do sometimes enjoy the kind of baking that doesn’t really involve ‘baking’. Particularly when Sunflower is involved!
Following the relative success (as gauged by Sunflowers consumption) of my adapted healthier version of cake pops last week, I decided to attempt a healthier makeover of the traditional chocolate nest.
- 2 large shredded wheat
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- I tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Grapes to decorate
- Melt peanut butter, honey and cocoa powder over a gentle heat
- Crumble shredded wheat into the melted mixture
- Spoon into paper cases and press into nest shapes
- Top with halved grapes
So there you have it. Easy peasy no bake recipe. I’m not claiming that this is the ultimate healthy recipe. In fact if you would like a true healthy Easter nest have a look at this carrot and cucumber version.
However there is more protein and fibre in peanut butter compared to traditional butter and although it is high in fat, most of this is monounsaturated.
The simple substitution of grapes instead of eggs also drastically reduces the calorie and fat content of these little nests, although arguable removes them one step further from Easter!
Nutrition in 3 mini eggs
- Calories 45
- fat 1.89g
Nutrition in 3 grapes
- Calories 10
- Fat <0.1g
These chocolate Easter nests actually taste very rich. The unsweetened coca powder combined with the taste of nuts results in a slightly more sophisticated flavour combination than traditional Easter nests. The addition of the grapes helps to cut through this richness.
Sunflower as my taste tester consumed only half a nest, this compares to my need to restrain her from eating her fourth cake pop last week. Mr R and I have really enjoyed the more adult version!