I’ve been making these little nest cookies as gifts to friends and neighbors every Easter for about the past 6 years. They aren’t the healthiest, but they can be if you do it differently (ideas below). They are just such a cute, bright, special-occasion Easter gift that I can’t resist sharing. If you are super vigilent about avoiding all sugar or trying to avoid desserts, just delete this email or ignore this post! You’re awesome!
The cookies are sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and have no oil or butter (of course!). You can use regular Cadbury eggs like I did for these cute photos, or you can go the healthier route and use blueberries, raspberries, almonds, white chocolate covered almonds…..or just make regular cookies that aren’t in a nest shape. I wish I had taken photos of them with berry eggs, but didn’t get the chance in time.
I love the symbolism of eggs at Eastertime. Because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can all begin anew every single day, every time we choose to change and repent. If you’d like to listen to one of my favorite songs about Christ, click here. “No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.” This is a beautiful video about starting fresh and new, starting today. Thanks to Christ, every day can be a fresh piece of paper, no matter what we did before.
These healthier no-bake cookies have no butter or sugar, and are oil-free! They taste great made with peanut or almond butter.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (can be omitted)
- 1 cup quick oats (can sub 1/2 cup with cereal like rice crispies, chex, or corn flakes for more crunch)
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
To a small pot, add peanut butter, honey, milk, cocoa, and salt. On medium (NOT high) heat, stir until completely melted and smooth. Once melted, cook and stir about 1 minute longer, constantly stirring to avoid burning.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Then add coconut and oats, and optional peanuts. Stir until well-combined.
Scoop out 1 tablespoon-fulls and drop onto wax paper. Let chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 14 cookies.
For nest cookies, make an indentation in each cookie and put 2-3 candy eggs, almonds, or berries in each one.
For a fudgier, more traditional cookie, you could add 1/4 cup coconut oil with the cocoa and peanut butter. You'd add 300 calories to the batch, though. These are delicious without!