Happy Easter everyone! Ok, so I should have wished you all a happy Easter yesterday, and I should have posted this recipe sooner so you could make it for Easter because Everyone knows that rabbits love peanut butter. My mother only made these for Easter, and what made them extra special was that my sister didn’t like them, so they were all mine! They are similar to Rice Krispie treats only tastier (because of the peanut butter). The smell of the brown sugar, coconut and peanut butter melting together is intoxicating – and as a bonus these cookies are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, so eat up! If you don’t like jelly beans, feel free to use candy-covered chocolate eggs instead, just make sure the nests are room temperature first! Happy belated Easter!
3 cups brown rice cereal or Rice Krispies
1 cup reduced-fat shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/3 cup organic light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
40 pectin jelly beans or chocolate eggs
1. Combine cereal and coconut in a large bowl. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining ingredients (corn syrup, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla) to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into the bowl and stir until well mixed.
2. Let mixture sit until it is cool enough to handle, but the hotter it is the easier it will be to work with. Grab a small handful, squeeze together and shape into a nest. Place 3-4 vibrant jelly beans in the center. Let cool completely and store in a sealed container. Makes about 12-15 cookies.
|Serving Size 1 nest|
Servings per Batch 12
|Amount Per Serving|
|Total Fat 10g|
|Saturated Fat 3.5g|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g|