Celebrate spring with these fun little bites! A perfect addition to an Easter buffet. These treats are great for little fingers to prepare and enjoy, and they’re gluten free. I like to pair them with my Egg Salad and Endive Recipe found on pg 62 of Pure Food Joy!

Makes: 14 nests

Tools needed: mini muffin tin and an electric mixer


1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

1 large egg white, at room temperature

3 ½ Tbsp. pure cane sugar

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Tbs. coconut oil

1/2 cup assorted jelly beans

  1. First toast the coconut. Preheat the oven 325 degrees.  Spread the coconut on a small baking sheet and place in the heated oven for 3-4 minutes until lightly toasted.  Have a medium sized bowl ready for the coconut to cool in.  When the coconut is toasted immediately transfer it from the baking sheet to the bowl to cool.
  2. Grease a mini muffin tin generously with coconut oil (makes approx. 14). In a large mixing bowl whisk the egg white, sugar and salt until frothy.  Then stir in the almond extract and toasted coconut.  Using damp fingers gently press about 1-2 tsp of the coconut mixture into the mini muffin tins.
  3. Bake the coconut nests in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes. When the nests come out of the oven and are still soft use the back of a spoon to gently press the centers of the nests so they can hold the chocolate and jelly beans.  After 5-10 minutes of cooling use a butter knife to gently lift the nests out of the tin and transfer them to a plate.  They will harden over time.
  4. Next melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish, microwave for 45 seconds, stir until smooth. Then pour 1 tsp of the melted chocolate into the center of each nest, carefully top the chocolate with 3-4 jelly beans and chill the nests until serving.

Cook’s Note:  I like to use unsweetened coconut to avoid the processed sugars and preservatives found in sweetened coconut.  This recipe also does well with finely shredded unsweetened coconut.


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