Is it just me, or were we just celebrating the New Year?! I can’t believe this Sunday we will be celebrating Easter. Just as last year, we are celebrating by gathering with Matt’s family. Last year I made these really fun bird’s nest treats and I would love to share them with you. This is a great activity to do with children as well!
Here are the ingredients you will need to get started:
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- shredded wheat (six large “loaves”)
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips (also a great opportunity to melt down leftover chocolate Easter bunnies)
- wax paper or cooking spray
- cookie sheet, muffin tin, or ramekins
- Cadbury mini eggs or jelly beans (for eggs)
- Recipe yields 12-15 mini nests
Step 1: Put six “loaves” of shredded wheat into a large bowl . Crunch them up (or have your child crunch them) into flakes.
Step 2: Add 1 cup of coconut to the shredded wheat, toss until mixed well.
Step 3: There are a few different options with this step: 1.) Using a cookie sheet/metal tray covered with wax paper or 2.) Using a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray or 3) Use a ramekin sprayed with cooking spray. The cookie sheet option DID NOT work for me, but it may work for most skilled bakers. My favorite option is to use ramekins because each person gets their own container. Plus, it’s a lot easier to create the shape of the nest with the muffin tin or ramekin. So for step 3, prep your pan of choice.
Step 4: Use a double boiler (or a heat-safe bowl set over pot of bowling water) to melt 2 cups of chocolate chips.
Step 5: Pour melted chocolate over wheat mixture and mix up until the chocolate evenly coats.
Step 6: Form the nests, either in the muffin tins or on the tray. Make sure to make a little center for your eggs.
Step 7: Put in your eggs and put in the fridge to harden. If you used a muffin tin, use a knife to “pop” out the nest after it’s hardened
This is how my tray of bird’s nests looked:
If you use the muffin tin, the nests will have a more structured form, like this:
If you do not use a muffin tin or ramekin, the nests will be more free form, like this:
This is what the nests looked like in a ramekin:
To make this project even more kid-friendly, there is a special book to read along with this project. It’s called The Story of the Easter Robin, by Dandi Daley Mackall. You can find it here. This is a beautiful story about the reason the Robin has a red breast.
Here is a great excerpt from the story “The thorn gave way. And as it came out a drop of Jesus’ blood fell onto the robin’s breast, staining it red from that day to this.”
I hope you all have an amazing last week of Lent and a special Easter Sunday with those you love.