Healthy Chocolate Nests

  • Prep time:75 mins
  • Cook time:4 mins
  • Servings:12

Chocolate season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your health to take part in the festivities. These healthy chocolate nests are perfect for family, friends, gatherings, and for those who want to remain conscious of their health goals at Easter time.

Instead of the usual ultra-processed cereal base of chocolate nests, the base of these healthy chocolate nests are almond flakes, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. They provide the same crunchy texture but with added fibre, protein and healthy fats, which may help protect against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Rather than sugary milk chocolate which spikes blood sugars and provides little to no health benefits, this healthy chocolate nests recipe uses 80% dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, helping lower blood pressure and maintain healthy insulin levels, making it a better alternative to milk chocolate. Melting the dark chocolate with coconut oil not only helps to get the right texture, but also provides a source of medium-chain triglycerides which may increase the number of calories your body burns, in turn helping to promote weight loss.

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Nutrition facts(per serving)


  • 100 g almond flakes
  • 30 g pumpkin seeds
  • 30 g sunflower seeds
  • 60 g shredded coconut 
  • pinch sea salt
  • 100 g 80% cocoa dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Add the almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut and salt into a bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil - either in short bursts in the microwave (should only take 2-3 minutes) or over a double boiler.  
  3. Stir the melted chocolate thoroughly through the nut mix.
  4. Line a muffin tin with liners, or use a silicone muffin tray. 
  5. Split the mix evenly between the 12 wells, spreading up the sides and making a little dent in the middle to form the nests. 
  6. Cool in the freezer for at least an hour until fully set.
  7. Serve as you wish - pop a berry in the centre of the nest or a cute flower.

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