By: Jodi Graham, student of Holistic Nutrition – Toronto, ON
“My grandma used to make these for my cousins and I every Easter, letting us put the “nests” together ourselves. I personally couldn’t wait to get to her house each year for my special treat! Although she used the traditional Rice Krispies recipe, these tasty snacks can be made using more nutritious ingredients, and can be adapted based on your taste and preference. And you don’t have to wait for Easter to pull out this recipe – any time of year will do!”
- 4 cups brown rice cereal or puffed quinoa
- 1/2 cup almond, hazelnut or peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey or rice syrup
- 1 – 2 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg
- Handful of hemp or chia seeds
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- Natural food dyes (suggestions below)
- Healthy “candies”
- Mix together cereal, nut butter and honey or rice syrup in a bowl. Heating the nut butter and honey/rice syrup slightly will help the mixture hold together better. Add in cinnamon or nutmeg and hemp or chia seeds, if desired.
- Transfer mixture to a twelve-cup muffin pan, using a spoon to press down and make a well in the center of each. Refrigerate until firm.
- In the meantime, dye the coconut using natural food dyes of your choice. I like to soak it in pomegranate juice, mint flavored liquid chlorophyll and turmeric mixed with water (it only takes a few seconds for the color to set) and then discard excess liquid through a fine mesh strainer. There are many other natural dyes that can be used (berries, juices, carrots, beets, teas and spices to name a few.)
- Once the “nests” are solid, remove carefully from muffin pan, add some dyed coconut to each and top with candy (chocolate covered almonds and sacha inchi seeds are my favorite, since they look like eggs!) Keep refrigerated so the nests stay together.