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How to make delicious, messy, heart-healthy chocolate bird nests, just for fun

Loaded with chocolate, almonds, and coconut, these vegetarian cookies are balanced with flavour and texture to satisfy even the fussiest of adults and kids.

Gasp!

Have you noticed how one glimpse over a batch of messy cookies cooling on a tray can tug at your heartstrings?

 

These cookies are rough and rugged, yet exquisite and refined.
Pack them with heart-healthy ingredients and you’ve also hidden some extra protein and fibre.
Then, with a  quick and easy twist at the end, these cookies also become kid-friendly. Simply drop a couple of small chocolate eggs in the centre.
The shells crack during the baking process – just like a real egg.

Imagine the smooth smell of chocolate and orange zest.
The healthy texture of oats, coconut, and chopped almonds.
Such a perfect, delicious balance.

But these come with a warning: if you’re tempted to do a test-taste while they’re cooling, there’s no going back.

It’s hard to put a nibbled delicious cookie back on the tray.

Cookies with eggs cooling
Half of this batch was made with eggs, the other half without. Guess which went first . . . Yup!

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When I read a version of this no-bake version from my local supermarket, even without a photo, the ingredients had ‘yum’ and ‘fun’ written all over them.
With a few extra tweaks and several attempts, I’m loving this quick and easy original recipe so much, I’m sharing it with you.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Equipment

~ one small 8″ frypan
~ one large bowl
~ Spatula for mixing and scraping
~ Wooden spoon
~ Measuring cups
~ Measuring spoons
~ Baking tray
~ Oven mitts
~ Parchment paper
~ Cooling tray

Almonds chopped roughly
Heart-healthy almonds also help you sleep better at night.

Ingredients

In one large mixing bowl add:
1 and 1/3 cup quick oats
2/3 cup roughly chopped raw almonds
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup cacao nibs
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 orange zested

All dry ingredients with orange zest
Add all ten ingredients into a large bowl and stir until everything is well mixed.

In one small 8″ frypan warm:
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey (1/3 cup if you prefer less-sweet cookies)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essencealmond nut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla essence in a pan

Add these four ingredients to a small 8″ fry pan and gently warm.
almond nut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla essence warming up
Then stir until the almond nut butter blends in with the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla essence.

sauce blended

When the wet ingredients are well mixed, add them to the dry ingredients.
Stir until the oats look dark and moist.
Wet and dry ingredients mixed before adding egg white

This last secret ingredient holds your cookies together:
1/2 cup egg whites

Add the egg white and stir until your cookie mixture forms a large ball. (See photo below)
You may need an extra 1/3 cup of egg white if you used less honey.

Mixed ball of ingredients
The perfect mix of wet and dry ingredients for cookies!

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Line your baking tray with parchment paper and with a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of cookie mixture on top.

two cookies dropped on parchment paper

Lightly press and push each into a rough cookie cluster shape.

small chocolate eggs ready to bake in the nest

You decide:
~ chocolate eggs or,
~ dark chocolate coated almonds
If you like, now’s the time to add an extra chocolate treat for that nest-look.

Bake at 375 degrees C for 10 – 12 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool on a tray before storing in an airtight container.

 

 Try serving them on a platter with a handful of raw almonds and a sprinkle of cacao nibs!
Messy chocolate birds nest cookies stacked for serving


What I used to make these cookie clusters.

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Chocolatey-Coconut Cluster Cookies

Heather
Loaded with chocolate, almonds, and coconut, these vegetarian cookies are balanced with flavour and texture to satisfy even the fussiest of adults and kids.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cool 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Cookies, Snacks
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 2/3 cup almonds roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup coconut unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips dark
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup egg whites

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the first ten ingredients and stir until well mixed. 
    All dry ingredients with orange zest
  • In a small fry pan, add the next four ingredients and gently warm, stirring until blended.
    almond nut butter, coconut oil and vanilla essence in a pan
  • Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir until the oats look moist.
    Wet and dry ingredients mixed before adding egg white
  • Add the egg white and stir until your cookie mixture forms a large ball.
    Mixed ball of ingredients
  • Line your baking tray with parchment paper and with a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of cookie mixture on top.
    Lightly press and push each one into a rough cookie shape.
  • Optional: add small coloured chocolate eggs for that nest-look.
    small chocolate eggs ready to bake in the nest
  • Bake at 375 degrees C for 10 - 12 minutes.
  • Cool for 20 minutes and store in an airtight container for up to one week.
  • Try serving on a platter with nuts and cacao nibs!
    Messy chocolate birds nest cookies stacked for serving

Notes

Already perfect on their own, these cookie clusters can also handle a chocolate coated almond or slivers of crystallized ginger popped in the centre, making them extra special.
Cookies with eggs cooling
Keyword heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory, high fibre, low salt, plant-based, vegetarian
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Single cookie cluster

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Comments

  1. Yum! I can’t wait to make these! Thank you!!

  2. These look so yummy and are just right for spring. What a colorful, clever idea to add the bird’s egg candy! Instant elevation to a real eye-catcher. Thanks for sharing.

  3. And I can’t wait to see what you think, Anna. I hope they’re just as delicious for you.

  4. Aren’t they just so cute! And it’s impossible to only eat one when you know what goodness is inside them.

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