C is for Chocolate Crackle Nests

Chocolate Crackle Nests

Chocolate Crackle Nests are a simple to make chocolatey treat for the upcoming Easter break.  Not that we need more chocolate but these are fun to do and easy enough for older children to make on their own.  There is no copha to melt which means no need to supervise kids using the stove.

Bee requested we make Chocolate Crackles this weekend.  We usually spend some time talking to both girls about what they would like to do each weekend.  Sometimes they have enough ideas to make a list.  Other times we go with the flow.

Chocolate Crackle Nests
Bear and Bee making chocolate crackles with Dad when camping last year.

Bee remembers making Chocolate Crackles as part of the kids' activities at the holiday park we stayed at last year.  She also remembers missing out on the Chocolate Pizza which is on our holiday to do list.

This version of Vegan Healthy Chocolate Crackles from Veggieful is even healthier than the traditional recipe too.  Coconut oil is used instead of copha (a form of vegetable fat shortening) to make everything stick together.  And maple syrup replaces the icing sugar as the sweetener.  I haven't tried them but rice malt syrup and agave nectar would probably work well too.  I prefer these crackles made with maple syrup as I don't find them as sickly sweet as the version made with icing sugar.

You could add in 1 cup of desiccated coconut just like traditional chocolate crackles or some chopped macadamia nuts if allergies aren't a problem.
Chocolate Crackle Nests

Chocolate Crackles Nests
Recipe from Veggieful
Makes approximately 12 muffin sized crackles

1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups rice bubbles (puffed rice cereal)
24 mini chocolate eggs


Chocolate Crackle Nests
We used a patty cake tray and made slightly smaller crackle nests.

1. Line a regular muffin tray with paper cases.

Chocolate Crackle Nests
Adding the maple syrup to the oil.

Chocolate Crackle Nests
Bear whisking the oil, syrup and cocoa together.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder.

Chocolate Crackle Nests
Double mixing gets it done faster!
3. Stir in the rice bubbles.

Chocolate Crackle Nests

4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.

Chocolate Crackle Nests

5. Top each nest with the mini eggs.

Chocolate Crackle Nests

Chocolate Crackle Nests
Ready for the fridge.

6. Refrigerate until set - about 2 hours.

Chocolate Crackle Nests
Mini chocolate crackles.
Since we used a patty cake tray which is smaller than a muffin tray we had enough mixture left to make some mini chocolate crackles.

Chocolate Crackle Nests

Chocolate Crackle Nests

If you are looking for more Easter inspired cooking ideas check out our Easter Pinterest board.

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