It’s come back round to that time of year again where you are repeatedly faced with chocolate eggs, bunnies and cakes which have probably already made their way into your homes! I’ve always tried to avoid this time of the year in the past but this time around since being obsessed with recipe creating and determined that there is always a healthier, cheaper option. I decided to make the raw, tastier version of the Easter classic. Chocolate nests.
These are super easy to make ,fun and delicious! If you have kids I would definitely recommend getting them involved. It’s a great way to introduce them to new, different foods and allow them to get a head start in preparing and understanding. I like to get my parents and friends involved! Your never too old to learn a new thing or two.
I’ve kept this so simple for you guys so there is no excuse this year. You can resist that refined, fattening, bad chocolate. Stay healthy and remain involved with all the festivities!
Here’s some health benefits of a few of the ingredients
Probably the most powerful food on the planet! If cacao was a pharmaceutical drug it would be the greatest medicine of all time! Rich in flavonoids cocoa protects us from many chronic diseases such as stroke, cancer and heart disease. Cacao is also a fantastic for detoxification because of it’s high fibre content which helps with the excretion from the body and is high in B vitamins 1,2,3,5,9, Vitamin E and essential minerals such as potassium and calcium.
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves circulation
- Improves digestion
- Antidepressant effects
- Lowers blood pressure
- Mental clarity
Also known as wolfberries or ‘happy berries’ are a powerhouse of nutrition. Packed with vitamins A, E and C , calcium, iron (they have 15 times the amount found in spinach), low in calories and contain a complete spectrum of antioxidants, these little berries without a doubt should be eaten every day. One serving of around 4 ounces provides nearly 10% of the suggested amount of dietary protein as well as having the highest concentration of protein than any other fruit!! These small sweet delicious treats are also high in fibre which helps provide the feeling of fullness. I like to keep a supply in my bag to snack on where ever I may be!
- Aids weight loss
- Quality sleep
- improved energy levels
- Improves Eye health
- Better athletic performance
- Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-bacterial
- strengthens the immune system
- Increases longevity
These raw chocolate nests are very simple to make and use a small combination of ingredients. I combined the goji berries to add a chewy texture to the crunch and made them extra chocolaty.
Raw Easter Chocolate nests Recipe
Chocolate nests yields 15
- 100g Cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup Cocoa
- 1 cup Dessicated Coconut
- 1/2 cup Flaked Almonds
- 3 tbs Maple Syrup
- 3 tbs Coconut sugar
- handful Goji berries
- Start by putting your Cocoa butter into a bowl and place into the dehydrator at 41 degrees until all is melted. If you don’t have a dehydrator then put the cocoa butter into a glass bowl and use the bain marie method.
- While you are waiting for the cocoa butter to melt put all the remainder of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cut up the goji berries into small pieces and throw them in also and arrange your paper moulds onto a tray.
- Once all the cocoa butter has melted pour it into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix everything together with a spatula. Make sure you mix everything well until all the ingredients are completely covered in chocolate.
- Now its time to scoop the mixture into the paper mould.
- Put them in the fridge for an hour so they can set.
- 1/4 cup Almonds (soaked for 4-6 hours)
- 1 tbs Coconut flour
- handful of Raspberries
- 3 tbs Maple syrup ( or whichever sweetener you would like to use)
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- Place the soaked almonds into your food processor. Process until the almonds have been completely grounded down.
- Scrape the mixture into a bowl and add the coconut flour and maple syrup, mix well. It should start combining together. If the mixture is slightly dry add a little spring water and if it’s slightly too wet then add some more coconut flour.
- Once all combined and at the right consistency, split the mixture into two parts.
- In one part add the turmeric and mix until the mixture turns yellow and the other add the raspberries. With a fork mash the raspberries into the mixture. If the mixture starts turning wet again from the fruit add more coconut flour.
- Once they are both ready begin to roll small amounts of the mixture in between your palms into egg shaped balls and place on top of your nest. Remember to wash your hands between the two mixtures to avoid the colours mixing.
- Then put them back into the fridge for 1 hour to allow the eggs to set.
- Then eat! Enjoy!!
I hope you guys had as much fun making and eating these as I did! Please share your thoughts, recipes and pictures below. I’d love to see some of your creations!
If you are like me you are already thinking about the next holiday. To give you some food for thought literally here is my Full Plant Based Christmas Dinner Spread Recipes
Have a relaxed Easter weekend
Lots of love