You’re right, these Chocolate Cream Nests are way too indulgent but my goodness they were greatly appreciate by the family. This recipe is an old one, originally it had photos of Lewis making the nests step-by-step. At 14yrs old Lewis does not want his photos on my website, at the very least not with the hair cut he had at the time (giggles) so I decided to reshoot the photos.
But as time has passed and free from Easter treats are so much better now I decided to ‘pimp’ my chocolate cream nests to the max and load them them with mouth-watering chocolate Easter treats.
Enter the amazing KitKat Bunnies and these beautiful Galaxy Rose coloured eggs!
Can I make these cream nests dairy free?
Believe it or not, you can make these chocolate cream nests dairy free. But, it takes a lot of swapping out of ingredients to do so. Use your favourite dairy free chocolate alternative for the melted chocolate nest.
For the chocolate cream filling you can whip some high fat coconut milk with some dairy free chocolate spread (you could use a sweet freedom sauce for this).
To decorate these nests you have more of a challenge to make them look anything similar but there are dairy free mini Easter eggs out there or you can use white dairy free chocolate drops or how about a non edible chick to decorate instead. That said, I have seen white and pink chocolate bunnies in Sainsburys recently that are gluten and dairy free.
What can I use instead of Nutribrex?
I appreciate that not everyone will have access to Nutribrex to make these Chocolate Cream Nests this Easter. The reason I used them was as a great way to use up old forgotten biscuits before they go past their best. That said, I actually really like the sorghum flavour of the cereal biscuits as they have a slight savoury flavour to them making treats less sweet.
If you cannot source this cereal then use gluten free cornflakes or even better gluten free wholegrain flakes and lightly crush them. These are not cornflake cakes, the final treat is denser which is better to hold your cream filling (and in my opinion, less likely to stab you in the gum like I often find with chocolate cornflake cakes, those things bite back!)
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Quick Chocolate Cream Nests Recipe
So simple to make these Chocolate Cream Nests can be left to the kids to make unaided, lots of spoon and finger licking opportunities and potentially quite messy…that's what baking with kids is all about right?
- 200 g milk chocolate
- 4 biscuits Nutribx
- 100 ml double cream
- 50 g chocolate spread
- 6 KitKat Bunnies or other treats e.g. Sainsbury's mini eggs
Start by melting the chocolate in a microwave
Add the Nutrabix by crumbling into the melted chocolate, don't crumble too much, you want flakes too.
Grease a 6 hole deep muffin tin.
Add 6 dollops of mixture to the tin, press well into the sides and create a well in the middle of the mixture to allow for the cream.
Pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
In a bowl whisk the cream and chocolate spread together. If using coconut cream for a dairy free alternative, pour away the coconut water and only use the solid coconut fat from one 450g tin
Remove the chocolate nests from the fridge and gently prise the nest from the side of the tin using a rounded knife.
Add dollops of the cream mixture to each nest and decorate with KitKat Bunnies, mini eggs, whatever takes you fancy – go wild!
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