Watch out world! I turned one of my favorite treats into a vehicle for one of my favorite candies! I created this No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Nests recipe last year when we were studying nests in our homeschool unit. I’ve made them 1,347,000 times since because they’re so delicious! I don’t always make them in nest form…but when I do I use the ONLY chocolate eggs worth buying…cadbury mini milk chocolate eggs!
Does anyone else feel like there’s a new holiday every week?! St. Patty’s Day, Pi day, national [insert every food on the planet] day, now Easter! I love celebrating special days with my kids , and I’m always looking for ways to make them super fun…most of which usually involve food! I’m not crafty (at all), but I can make a cookie or a pancake look like just about anything…#bossmom.
Many celebratory recipes include lots of sugar and butter. I have nothing against those two ingredients in moderation, however with the sheer volume of things to celebrate in life I have found fun ways to party with food that won’t make
me my kids act like sugar monsters from the black lagoon!
In an earlier post I talked about how much we LOVE Easter in our household. I’ve been preparing the kids for almost two weeks now, and I can’t wait for Sunday! I got my daughters the cutest Easter dresses in the world. And my son looks so dapper in his little gray suit coat (be still my heart)! We’re trying to decide where we are going to go out for brunch after church…so if any of my SLC readers have some rockin’ suggestions I’m all ears!
Ok…back to these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Nests! They’re made with only eight (yes 8!) healthy ingredients! They are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free AND vegan! Wow! If you’re not interested in making them into cute little nests…you can just plop them into whatever shape you desire then let them meet their maker (YOUR mouth).
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey, (or maple syrup for vegan)!
- ¼ cup coconut oil measured in solid state.
- 2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- ¼ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
- Combine peanut butter, honey salt and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat until melted and well-combined.
- Stir in vanilla and cocoa powder.
- Add quick-cooking oats and mix well.
- Add coconut and stir until completely combined.
- Drop 1 TBS portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Press into the shape of nests (if desired). Continue until you’ve used all your cookie mixture.
- Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Top with your favorite candy eggs.
- Serve cool or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator!
My day yesterday was the PITS…and it was all my fault. :*( We heard a faint beeping sound coming from our storage room where I keep my standing freezer (do you know where this is going……..). My husband investigated and apparently I had left the door slightly ajar for who knows how many days?!
I had just stocked up on spinach and kale from Costco (like enough greens for two months worth of smoothies). Praise the Lord that my milk supply (i.e. liquid gold) was still frozen…along with most of our meat. But I had to throw away so.much.food. I am crazy frugal and hate wasting anything…..I even tried to refreeze a bag of kale that had been frozen and completely thawed. No bueno.
I’ve had some issues with this freezer so I’m hoping it will get everything deep frozen again before the end of today…or else I’ll have to have a round two throw-stuff away party (which is NO party at all). I’m so sad I can’t get over it. I thought I could blame it on my kids but they don’t ever go into our storage room (monsters) and they would’ve told me if they did (honesty).
Have you ever had a freezer malfunction that ruined your
day week!? Do you have an extra freezer to keep overflow groceries?
If you make something from JoyFoodSunshine I would love to see your creations! #joyfoodsunshine
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