A quick and easy recipe for healthier chocolate rice krispie nests without golden syrup. This is a really fun recipe to make with the kids for Easter or at any time of year. Gluten free and can easily be dairy free and vegan.
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These tasty little Easter nests are a classic children's recipe.
I certainly remember making and eating them myself as a child.
And they've stood the test of time - they're just as popular with my own kids as they were back in the day.
Melted chocolate, butter and golden syrup is poured over rice krispies (or puffed rice) and shaped into a nest. This is then filled with goodies, such as chocolate mini eggs.
As always I've made my Easter nests a little healthier by making them without golden syrup.
Making Easter a little healthier
If you want your kids to enjoy fun Easter treats with a little less sugar then why not make your own?
That way you can control the amount of sugar you put in.
Take these rice krispie Easter nests for example.
They look just like traditional rice krispie nests but are made without golden syrup. I've also used puffed brown rice instead of rice krispies.
What ingredients are in these chocolate rice krispie nests?
For full recipe, ingredients and quantities go to the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
To make healthier rice krispie nests you'll need:
- 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free alternative
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave syrup)
- 200g dark chocolate (look for one without added sugar)
- 50g dried fruit eg raisins, cranberries, cherries
- 75g puffed brown rice (rice krispies can also be used although bear in mind that they contain added sugar)
You can also make Easter nests using cornflakes.
What to fill your chocolate nests with?
When it comes to filling the eggs you can use whatever you like - or just leave them as plain chocolate rice krispie cakes.
For example you could use mini marshmallows or mini eggs. Both vegan marshmallows and mini eggs are now available here in the UK.
Alternatively you could make your own naturally-coloured raw marzipan eggs. I used this recipe by Wallflower Kitchen. Or fill your nests with dried fruits and nuts.
For a non-edible filling you could use some small chicks. Do watch out for fluff left on the cakes if serving these to younger children.
Can these rice krispie cakes be made vegan?
Yes - very easily.
Simply replace the butter with dairy free spread and use maple syrup in place of honey.
You will also need to make sure that you buy dairy free chocolate.
There are lots of fun Easter recipes you can make at home that are healthier.
More healthier Easter treats
Here are some fun Easter treats that my kids loved:
- we had a brilliant time a couple of years ago making our own vegan Easter chocolates
- these easy soda bread hot cross buns are delicious
- my mini Easter simnel cakes are naturally sweetened
- and so are these frozen yoghurt Easter egg bites
- I love to make my own hot cross buns and I've given them a Sneaky Veg touch by including apple and carrot in this recipe for vegan hot cross buns
- finally if chocolate is more your thing check out these healthy mango coconut creme eggs.
If you like these then you might like these no bake puffed rice freezer bars.
How to make chocolate rice krispie nests
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Healthier chocolate rice krispie nests
- 200 g dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup or honey (if not vegan)
- 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free spread
- 75 g puffed brown rice*
- 50 g raisins or cranberries or other dried fruits
- Place 15 fairy cake cases on a board or plate.
- Melt 200g dark chocolate in a bain marie* or in the microwave.
- When it's almost melted add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free alternative and continue heating until combined. Try not to stir too much.
- Carefully remove from the heat and stir in 75g puffed rice and 50g dried fruit. Mix until everything is coated with chocolate.
- Spoon the mixture into the fairy cake cases, pressing down with the back of a teaspoon.
- If you are making these into nests make a well in the centre and push the rice mixture to the sides.
- Allow to set in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Decorate with chocolate eggs, marshmallows or chicks as you wish.
- Store in the fridge.
- Puffed brown rice is available from large supermarkets, whole food stores or online.
- To melt your chocolate break it up and place in a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan filled with about 4cm boiling water. Heat until the chocolate is melted. You can also melt chocolate in the microwave. Read more about melting chocolate.
- Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only
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