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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easy No Bake Recipe

This easy no bake recipe is one of my all time favorites. I've been making variations of it since I was a kid. If your kids like chocolate, they'll love these cute chocolate bird nests with mini Easter eggs.

It's a quick and easy recipe with no baking and minimal clean-up. I'm giving you both my original easy no bake recipe and an adapted vegan/dairy-free alternative. Both are equally easy. Just watch out if your kids get a caffeine high from cocoa; don't give them these to eat after dinner!

Easy No Bake Chocolate Easter Bird Nests

With this recipe your kids can learn measuring, mixing, spooning, and safe use of the microwave or stove.

Ingredients
2oz of butter or margarine
1/2 cup of hot cocoa mix (the kind that contains powdered milk)
1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups of cereal flakes - cornflakes or other
24-36 mini sugar-coated chocolate eggs or jelly beans

Dairy-free Alternative Ingredients
2oz of dairy-free margarine
6 tablespoons cocoa powder (the kind without milk)
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup of honey
3 cups of cereal flakes
24-36 mini sugar-coated chocolate eggs or jelly beans - make sure these are OK for your diet - if you can't find dairy-free/vegan use pieces of colored paper to decorate instead

Equipment
12 paper cup-cake cases, or a muffin pan, or ramekin bowls
small heat-proof bowl, cup, or mug (for the microwave) or a small pan
knife
dessert spoon
1/2 cup measure
tablespoon measure (if making the dairy-free option)
mixing bowl

Procedure
  1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  2. Measure all ingredients, apart from the butter/margarine and cereal flakes, and place in mixing bowl.
  3. Cut off 20z of butter or margarine (half a stick) and place in the heat-proof cup or bowl or the pan.
  4. Microwave the butter or margarine until melted (about 30 seconds) or heat in the pan on the stove until melted.
  5. Pour the hot, melted butter or margarine into the other ingredients - do this for your child if you are not ready to trust them to do it safely.
  6. Mix with the spoon.
  7. Measure and add the cereal flakes then mix until all the flakes are coated.
  8. Spoon mixture into cupcake cases, muffin pan cups, or ramekins.
  9. Press down the center to make an indentation for the mini Easter eggs or jelly beans.
  10. Arrange 2-3 Easter eggs or jelly beans in the center of each chocolate nest.
  11. Allow to cool and set, which will take at least 60 minutes. You can speed this up by putting them in the fridge.
  12. Enjoy!
Did you enjoy working in the kitchen when you were a kid? Do your kids enjoy working with you to make food, or are there frustrations?

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4 comments:

Bonnie the Web Designer said...

What a great idea for an Easter project! I have a 6-year-old who loves doing things in the kitchen, but I have yet to combine crafts and cooking for him (usually have him help with the real cooking). This is a great Easter-day project that we can do with ease and fun.
Thanks!
Bonnie

Ruralmama said...

Yum.
Yum.
Yum.

'nuff said.

Condo Blues said...

These look like a great dessert for Easter dinner. Especially since they'd be eaten by my nieces and nephews before their parents took them home. *evil grin*

Alison Kerr said...

Bonnie, I hope you give these a try. My teens gave them the big thumbs-up!

LOL Ruralmama. Do you have a little chocolate craving going on?

Condo Blues, handing caffeine rich treats out to nieces and nephews before they leave for home shows your sense of humor. As long as the ingredients are safe for the recipients, have your fun. Maybe your time will come and your siblings will reciprocate. Now there's an evil thought!

 
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