Coconut Crispy Treat “Nests” with Jelly Bean “Eggs”

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Like most people, I sometimes struggle with healthy eating around the holidays. Chocolatey temptations lurk around every corner, and while I love creating fun and festive sweets, I don’t enjoy the post-indulgence sugar crash. So over the years I’ve been simplifying my style. We still enjoy a treat or three, but I focus on easy healthy recipes (or I should say “healthier!”) that utilize more wholesome ingredients.

This year, I’m pretty proud of my holiday-worthy spin on the traditional rice crispy treat. I nixed the sugar-bomb marshmallows and margarine, and bound the gluten-free organic rice cereal with homemade coconut butter and honey instead. Just like nuts, shredded coconut can be ground within seconds into a thick “butter” that helps the treats stay together.

Coconut Organic Crispy Rice Treats for Easter - Vegan and Gluten-Free

For a fun Easter spin, I shaped the crispy treats into “nests” using muffin cups, added just a touch of chocolate (you have to fit the chocolate in somewhere, right?), and for decoration, I filled the nests with Jelly Belly “eggs.” When I’m able to resist the “eggs,” these simple healthy treats double as a delicious dairy-free and gluten-free snack bar.

Oh, and one added bonus – these Easter crispy treats are as fun to make as they are to eat!

Who says nutritious dairy-free and gluten-free foods can’t be extraordinary?

Organic Rice Cereal Crispy Coconut Treats - Vegan and Gluten-Free

 

Organic Rice Cereal Crispy Coconut Treats - Vegan and Gluten-Free

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