Healthy Easter Nest Cookies

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These healthy Easter nest cookies are made with 8 nutritious ingredients in 15 minutes! They’re a delicious treat to celebrate Easter! 

an oval platter of easter nest cookies with pastel eggs.


I turned one of my favorite treats into a vehicle for one of my favorite candies! (also try these Mini egg cookies and mini egg brownies)! I created this Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nest Cookies recipe as a fun treat I could make with my kids for Easter.

They’re made with only eight nutritious ingredients and are ready in 15 minutes. We make them every year and my kids love helping!

Overhead view of 5 easter nest cookies each with with 3 chocolate mini eggs

Healthy Easter Nest Cookies: Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Peanut Butter. Any nut or seed butter works great in this recipe.
  • Coconut oil. Butter or ghee work great instead of coconut oil. 
  • Honey. maple syrup is a great substitute. 
  • Coconut. You can replace coconut with additional quick cooking oats. 
overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this Healthy Easter Nest Cookies

How to Make Healthy Easter Nest Cookies

Let’s walk through this recipe together step-by-step, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Begin by combining the peanut butter, honey salt and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat until smooth.

Then, add the quick-cooking oats, sea salt cocoa powder, coconut and vanilla and stir to combine.

how to make Healthy Easter Nest Cookies - adding dry ingredients before mixing

Use a 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon to drop portions of the cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the back to press a well into the cookie and make it into the shape of nests. Continue until all the cookie mixture is used.

final healthy easter nest cookies mixture in a pot with a spatula

Chill in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Top with your favorite candy eggs.

Serve

Coconut oil has a low melting point, so if the cookies get too warm they will become soft, as such I recommend serving them slightly chilled.

Store/Freeze

Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Close up shot of one easter nest cookie with three eggs on it.

Healthy Nest Cookies Recipe FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can easily double this recipe – click on the 2X button in the recipe card.

What if I’m allergic to peanut butter?

Substitute a different nut or seed butter like sunflower butter or cashew butter.

Side view of an oval plate of no-bake chocolate peanut butter easter nest cookies with chocolate eggs on an oval platter

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Nests

Laura
These healthy Easter nest cookies are made with 8 nutritious ingredients in 15 minutes! They're a delicious treat to celebrate Easter! 
4.79 from 14 votes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 140.4
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  • Heat peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often, until combined.
  • Add vanilla, cocoa powder, oats, coconut and sea salt and stir. Then, remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Use a 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon to drop portions of the cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the back to press a well into the cookie and make it into the shape of nests. Continue until all the cookie mixture is used.
  • Chill 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.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions 
  • Peanut Butter. Any nut or seed butter works great in this recipe.
  • Coconut oil. Butter or ghee work great instead of coconut oil. 
  • Honey. maple syrup is a great substitute. 
  • Coconut. You can replace coconut with additional quick cooking oats. 
Store/Freeze
Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Serve
Coconut oil has a low melting point, so if the cookies get too warm they will become soft, as such I recommend serving them slightly chilled.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 140.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.4g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 15.3mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 6.1g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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45 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    i loved the taste i love the idea and texture. they do handle better frozen or very cold. either way, i ate them and they satisfied my craving for a no make cookie with healthy choices

  2. 4 stars
    These taste great but they are SO soft even after refrigerating, it is hard to hold them without them falling apart. Any suggestions?

  3. 4 stars
    Pretty tasty and pretty to look at! They do melt-you we’re not kidding-and I had to explain to Easter guests not to expect the traditional no-bake cookie sweet taste. Overall they were a good treat and one recipe I will make again for friends with food allergies/dietrary restrictions or preferences.

  4. What about Rice Krispies instead of the oats? Not sure how much the oats cook, but I thought the krispies could be crunchier and fun, albeit less healthy.

    1. 5 stars
      The oats don’t cook at all. You just mix them into the warm mixture until well coated and then make the nests right away.
      I make these as cookies each Christmas and they are delicious!
      I hope this helps. Even though my answer years later…

  5. 5 stars
    That is simple to make and a very healthful and delectable recipe to make this at home, Last time I visited that website for making the fantastic homemade recipe. We love this recipe! We included it in our top 26 Keto recipes article- Thanks again!

  6. OMG! This is so cute. Perfect for the farm themed party that I am throwing in. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am so excited to make this.

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try them this easter! Where did you get your gold and wood measuring spoons? Absolutely gorgeous!!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try! Where did you get the gold and wooden measuring spoon from?? Super Gorgeous!!!!

  9. Can the shredded coconut be left out without compromising the texture or a can a recommended ingredient be supplemented in its place?