Crisped Rice Bird Nests

Crisped Rice Bird NestsIngredients

For the nests:

  • 2/3 C agave or brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 C nut butter of choice (peanut butter, sun butter, almond butter, etc.)
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 4 C brown rice crisp cereal

For the topping:

  • 3/4 C shredded coconut
  • 1/2 C dark chocolate chips
  • natural food dye
  • dried cranberries (or anything else that you think would make a good “egg”)

Directions

1. Grease 12 muffin tins

2. Heat brown rice syrup, nut butter, coconut oil, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Cook for one minute.

3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

4. Place brown rice crisp cereal in a large bowl and pour the hot mixture over the cereal. Mix until cereal is coated.

5. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tins. Fill each muffin 3/4 full. Using your hands or a small spoon (be careful, the mixture may be hot), create small indents in the tops of each treat to create the look of a bird nest.

6. Melt the chocolate chips in a small pan. Drizzle inside each nest to coat the top with chocolate.

7. Tint the coconut green or yellow by mixing a small amount homemade food dye with the coconut in a small bowl.

8. Fill the holes of the nests with tinted coconut and top with dried cranberries.

Find more ideas for healthy treats you can enjoy any time of year, as well as a special feature on Easter-themed treats.

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  • I made these tonight with a few modifications. I didn’t have agave, so I used 1/4 C of raw honey and 1/4 C of date puree. I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I just mixed the coconut right in and made them as bars. They were great!

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