Sunday, April 24, 2011

A GF Easter Treat!

This may be a little last minute for some of you, but I wanted to share a fun and easy Easter treat you can make for or with your kids.  When we were children, we made these with those little fried chow mein noodles.  Obviously, those are not GF so when I decided to make these I had to think of an acceptable substitute.  A quick google search told me that some people make them with pretzel sticks... perfect!  Of course, when I got to Kroger, they only had the regular shaped pretzels and not the sticks.  So, I improvised and these aren't perfect looking, but that's not really the point.  I hope the Hubbs and little Peanut enjoy them!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bird's Nests (gluten free)
*Makes three large nests or 5 or 6 small ones

You Need:
  • 11 oz chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • 5 oz gluten free pretzels (I used Glutino brand - if you use the regular shape I would break them up)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • three bowls and wax paper (for large nests) OR
  • a cookie sheet covered in wax paper (for small nests)
  • Egg shaped gluten free candies (m&m's, jellie beans, but NOT robin's egg's) 
  • Marshmallow Peeps are optional

To Make:
  • In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter.  
  • Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Repeat in 15-20 second intervals until melted together.
  • Add your pretzels to the peanut butter and chocolate mixture and stir until the pretzels are well coated.
  • If you are making the large nests, spoon the mixture into three wax paper lined cereal bowl and press into a nest shape with a spoon or your fingers and then lick immediately.    
  • If you are making the small nests, simply drop spoon fulls onto the wax paper lined cookie sheet and shape with your hands.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or more until well set.  
  • Remove from the bowls and carefully peel off the wax paper.
  • Add candies and voila!!
Happy Easter everyone!!

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