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Easter Nests, Gluten and Dairy Free Treats

 

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Easter is on it’s way. And you know what that means…? Chocolate, and lots of it! Well, how about making a guilt free Easter treat this year and ditch that commercial overly processed stuff. I give you , Chocolate Easter Egg Nests! These ones are a slightly healthier twist on the classic and are raw, vegan, gluten and dairy free.

You can add anything you like into the nests – how about small protein balls from last months post, or try these home made Marzipan eggs below.

Good luck and here’s to a happy, healthy Easter.

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE NESTS:

Chocolate Cacao Nests
Chocolate Cacao Nests
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g coconut flakes
  • 50g flaked almonds
  1. Melt the coconut oil on a low heat and mix with the honey and cacao powder to form a chocolate sauce.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the desiccated coconut, coconut flakes and almond flakes.
  3. Pour over the chocolate sauce and stir until everything is completely coated. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 5 minutes to let the chocolate cool and the mixture to thicken slightly.
  4. Divide the mixture into 8 cupcake cases (about 2 tbsp in each case) and then form into a nest shape with the back of a spoon or your thumb.
  5. Place in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.

 

MARZIPAN MINI EGGS:

Sweet mini eggs made from raw marzipan. You can really play around with this recipe, trying different colours and flavours (perhaps you could add almond or vanilla extract for a different taste!) Raw, vegan and gluten-free.25g ground almonds

  • 25g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)eggs
  • Natural food colouring  (spirulina powder, turmeric and dried strawberry powder)
  • Optional: 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. To make raw marzipan, mix the ground almonds and honey in a food processor until it becomes dense and balls together. Don’t over mix or it will release too much oil. Add more honey if needed, until the mixture resembles marzipan and can be shaped like a dough.
  2. Split into 3 portions and mix the various food colourings in separately. Spirulina powder to make green, Turmeric to make yellow and dried strawberry powder to make pink.
  3. Roll the marzipan into a small ball then press into an egg shape. Leave in the fridge to firm up.
  4. Optional: Make the chocolate speckled effect by mixing the cocoa powder and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Dip a clean paintbrush (not used on paint!) into the chocolate and gently tap on top of the marzipan eggs to create specks of chocolate. Return to the fridge to set.

 

Thanks to the Wallflower Kitchen for this awesome recipe, we’ll be serving these nests at the Basecamp next week.

Elly Gearing

Elly is Joe's Basecamp's member "go-to". With a background in zoology and the study of animal behaviour, Elly has spent many months in remote areas of the world following wild animals - all in the name of science! She loves her training, making sure she is fit and strong for anything the wilderness throws her way!

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