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Fun Easter Dessert Recipe: Easy NO-BAKE Easter Nest Treats

These days life is looking a bit different than we all likely planned, and this year most of us won’t be getting together with our church congregations, having community Easter egg hunts, or even large gatherings in our home for Easter dinner. But, just because we are mostly staying inside with our immediate families during this season, doesn’t mean that we still can’t celebrate with a bit of yummy, homemade goodness.

Hey there, it’s @lunchesandlittles here, and even though this year Easter is going to look very different for most of us, in our home we are still planning some fun treats (and activities!) for our family celebration indoors, and these Easy NO-BAKE Easter Nest Treats will most definitely be making an appearance. These easy desserts for Easter are reminiscent of a childhood favorite my own mother made when I was a kid, and so I’ll always take the excuse to make them for my own little ones. They are tasty, fun and colorful with the candy eggs on top, and are also super easy to make!

What is an Easter Nest Dessert?

With a consistency similar to that of rice crispy treats, these fun no-bake treats are simple to make and made with just a handful of ingredients- most of which you can probably still find at the stores, or in your kitchen cupboards. And don’t stress- If you can’t find these ingredients on hand right now, or simply don’t have plans to go to the store in the days ahead, just bookmark this recipe for later. Sure, these treats may be Easter themed, but we don’t think any kids are going to complain about having them a few weeks after the holiday has come and gone….

Check out the full recipe and instructions below for our Easy NO-BAKE Easter Nest Treats, and be sure to tag #munchkininc and #lunchesandlittles in your posts, because we want to see them! *And, as always, before starting, be sure to read through the entire recipe below, to ensure best results!

Easy NO-BAKE Easter Nest Treats Recipe

INGREDIENTS (recipe makes approx. 15- 20 treats, depending on size):

  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (separated)
  • 3 tbsp milk of choice
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 bag (11 oz) Kraft Caramel Bits (or equivalent)
  • 5 cups of Kellogg’s Cornflakes Cereal (or equivalent)
  • A small bag of egg candies of choice, such as speckled jelly bean eggs, mini robin eggs, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Start off by toasting your coconut. To do this: heat shredded coconut in a medium to large sized pan/skillet. Heat for a couple of minutes, but do not take your eyes off the pan- the coconut can toast quickly! Once lightly browned remove toasted coconut from heat and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Next, add milk and butter to a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Allow milk and butter to melt completely, stirring often to ensure that it doesn’t get too hot/boil.
  • Add caramel bits to saucepan. Using a spatula, stir caramels to combine. Continue to cook until caramel is completely smooth. Please note: this will take a couple of minutes, as at first caramels will be melted, but still a bit lumpy in texture. Continue to cook until completely smooth.
  • Once smooth, immediately remove from heat and add in cereal as well as 1 and 1/2 cups only of toasted coconut. Stir to coat/combine. Please note: it is fine if cereal breaks up a bit in this process (this actually makes it work better!).
  • Scoop out a few spoonfuls of cereal mixture shaping them into small nests. Alternatively (and what we did), you can use a small measuring cup (we used a 1/4 cup measuring cup) lined with plastic wrap and push the cereal mixture into the lined cup. Then invert the cup and remove the circular formed shape. Repeat until you have used all cereal mixture.
  • Next, sprinkle the top of your nests with some of the remaining (1/2 cup) toasted coconut, as well as a couple of candy eggs, as shown.
  • Allow nests to cool, and save the remaining candy eggs for other Easter festivities!
  • Serve and enjoy!

Aren’t they pretty? We think so, and we hope that you will give them a try!

We have always been big believers in the idea that so much of our life is what we make it. In these times, we’ve never felt stronger in this. Yes, things are hard right now, but color, beauty, family time, and fun can all still exist. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – Titus Livius

For more quick and easy kid-friendly recipes be sure to check out our feed, @lunchesandlittles where we are sharing easy, family-friendly recipes, feeding tips, lunch inspo and much more all of the time. And of course, be sure to check out www.munchkin.com for feeding supplies and more for your little ones, like the plates and bowls you see here (as well as amazing products for your home!). Munchkin tableware is so fun and practical – perfect for all your little ones!

Happy Easter Friends!

Lunches + Littles

Lunches + Littles focuses on quick, healthy and fun meal options for little ones while sharing practical tips & tricks on how to make meals enjoyable, all the while keeping things simple. A lover of colorful plates and an advocate for getting kids in the kitchen, Lunches + Littles is also a great resource for parents of picky eaters, parents looking for healthy family and toddler recipes and those mamas (dads too!) who are short on time. A mantra of sorts - making meals fun doesn’t have to be hard! With 3 little ones (4 and under) it can’t be! Follow @lunchesandlittles for more!