Healthy No-Bake Energy Bite Easter Nests
These Healthy No-Bake Energy Bite Easter Nests are made with coconut, oats, cocoa and honey for a delicious, healthy snack that's low in refined sugars!
What a glorious April we have had so far!
Yes, I know we are really only three days into the month. But I am absolutely basking in the beautiful (however, possibly temporary because we are in Canada after all!) spring weather. I was out and about walking around downtown Toronto yesterday with the girls, the sun was shining, and the birds are even starting to sing in my backyard!
There is just something about spring that makes me excited to live life again. Like an animal that has been pent up inside hibernating for far too long, I'm SO ready to get outside more and enjoy the simple pleasure of great weather, fresh produce at the farmer's market, long runs outside…
I could go on. Why am I so happy today? I mean, it's MONDAY.
Well, these Healthy No-Bake Energy Bite Easter Nests have got me going. Though I've technically meant for this recipe to be a healthier snack version of everyone's fave Easter Nest cookies, I have been sneaking some of these for breakfast every now and then, chocolate and all!
Now that's what I call a good morning.
Since I have yet to really post an Easter recipe for the blog, I thought it was about high time I put these Cadbury mini eggs to work. No sponsored post, just an honest reflection of my love of mini eggs.
I'm the type of person who doesn't normally buy sweets, chips or any other kind of unhealthy snack because I will literally eat all of it super fast. If it's not in the house, I don't think about it. But if it's there, I'm gobbling it down like nobody's business so I can get back to being “healthy” quicker.
Great logic, right?
I know you know my long-running obsession with coconut, and that I've made coconut energy bites before. Those were a protein-heavy version, while these Easter Nest ones are a fantastic chocolate version, without any real chocolate addition (besides the mini eggs) needed.
Yes, these energy bites are low in refined sugars, but they're super sweet and delicious. All you need is the following:
- Coconut oil
- Cocoa powder
- Rolled oats
- Shredded coconut
- Almond butter
These Energy Bite Easter Nests are no-bake, but they do require a little bit of time to chill so don't count on eating these in the first ten minutes after you make them. A little taste-testing here and there is certainly acceptable, but for best results you really do need the coconut oil to harden back up again to give you that velvety texture.
Energy bites are one of my top go-to snacks because they are so versatile and can be easily transported. I can't tell you how many times I'm running out of the house empty-handed wishing I had a snack to take with me as I run between jobs.
Or when I'm so hungry in between meals that I can't even see straight and don't have the time or patience to make myself some food. These Energy Bites are definitely a life-saver in the snacking department. And they last in the fridge for SO long. I mean, maybe don't keep them in there for a year or anything unless you plan on freezing them (which you could totally do too!) But they will last for a couple months if you don't end up eating them all first!
The only real tip I have to give you about these Energy Bite Easter Nests is that you should microwave the coconut oil, almond butter and honey together first so that they are more liquidy and easier to mix into the cocoa, rolled oats and coconut. Those dry ingredients will stick right away and you won't have to stir for ages.
Be sure to choose some high-quality coconut oil too – I wouldn't recommend using any other type of cooking oil just because of the flavours and coconut oil ends up hardening in the perfect way in the fridge. It kind of hardens like butter does, which helps these Energy Bite Easter Nests to stick together and remain a no-bake recipe.
Will you be making these Healthy No-Bake Energy Bite Easter Nests?
I mean, they are a pretty sweet excuse to eat ALL the Cadbury mini eggs. Like, a great way to justify them as a kinda-sorta healthy midday snack. I'm not mad at it.
Healthy No-Bake Energy Bite Easter Nests
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup shredded unsweetned coconut
- 1 package Cadbury mini eggs
- In a large glass bowl, microwave coconut oil, honey and almond butter together for 1 minute.
- Add rolled oats, cocoa powder and shredded coconut to the almond butter mixture, mixing well to combine.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then remove from fridge and form into balls. Flatten slightly and press thumb into centre, forming a nest. Serve with a mini egg in each one (optional) and enjoy!