Hugo's been struggling with sleep the past few days and I think he's growing another molar. Not even close to what it was like before sleep training. Not. Even. Close. But still, you get accustomed to a perfect sleeper, and any little change feels massive.
When you're tired, getting in the kitchen is one of the last things you want to do. These bird's nest cookies are the perfect quick and easy Easter cookies that busy moms can make during their kid's nap time. Because let's face it, it's the only time we ever get anything done.
These bird's nest cookies have a chickpea cookie base, which is gluten-free, vegan, and comes together in a blender or food processor!
I love this cookie recipe so much, it's going to take a lot to get me to move away from it. There are other cookie recipes I love, like these oatmeal cookies. And technically, I can make any cookie recipe gluten-free by just swapping out the flour with Bob's Red Mill's 1 to 1 baking flour. But I love the convenience of the dough coming together in my blender. I was able to prep, bake, and decorate these cookies in the hour that my toddler was napping. Can't get better than that!
Also, we're using chickpeas (garbanzo beans). That's protein. That makes these bird's nest cookies borderline healthy. Or, at least that's what I tell myself as I stuff my face.
I baked the cookies in mini muffin pans to make little cups, but you could just bake them like regular cookies on a baking sheet. The edges will be a little crispier that way!
The nest portion of these cookies is simply unsweetened shredded coconut and milk chocolate. It's not pretty in the mixing bowl but the combination of chocolate and coconut is so addicting! Any chocolate would work, and if you don't like coconut you could substitute with shredded wheat or bran, but it wouldn't be gluten-free.
I wanted to use the pretty pastel colored mini chocolate eggs but I couldn't justify the food coloring, so I opted for white chocolate covered almonds. They look egg-ish, don't they? It's bigger and not as colorful, but who cares?
Look how cute! One tip: if you pop the "egg" on the nest while it's still wet, it'll harden and act as a glue so your egg doesn't roll off.
The cookies stay fudgy and soft in the center which complements the crunchy chocolate and coconut nests! You could make these a day in advance and keep it in an airtight container, but like most desserts, it's best the day you make it.
What are you making for Easter? Leave me a comment, and make sure you're following me on Pinterest!
Bird's Nest Cookies
- 1 (15oz/400g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
- ½ cup (45g) old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup (33g) cane sugar
- ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup or honey
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3.5 oz (100g) milk chocolate, chopped
- ¾ cup (72g) unsweetened shredded coconut
- 20 chocolate covered almonds
- Preheat the oven to 340°F/170°C and grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan (or two 12 cup mini muffin pans) and set aside.
- In a blender or food processor, add all the ingredients and process until smooth. Add a tablespoon of cookie dough to each cup in the mini muffin pan, until you have 20 cups filled. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool completely.
- Add the chopped chocolate to a bowl and melt it (using either a microwave or double boiler). Add the coconut and mix until all the coconut is coated with the chocolate.
- Divide the chocolate coconut mixture onto the 20 cookies. Top with a chocolate covered almond and let cool until the chocolate hardens.
I'm sharing these Easter cookies on #CookBlogShare, and also hosting this week's Fiesta Friday so bring your treats and come join the fun!
Kat (The Baking Explorer) says
They're so cute!
They are darling! And I love that they are gluten free. Thank you for co-hosting FF.
Thanks Liz! Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂
These cookies are so cute and perfect for Easter:). So creative!!! Pinned it.
Thanks Rita 🙂
Monika Dabrowski says
What a creative recipe, and so healthy, not to mention gorgeous looking!
Thank you Monika!! I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, especially considering how easy they were!
These are so pretty and it's nice that they're healthy, too!
Thank you Nancy!
Life Diet Health says
Oh my Ai, where do I start! I love that these are vegan and have chickpeas in (I'm very tempted to make these right now)! I'm sure we don't have shredded coconut like that in the UK (we have desiccated which is much smaller) - I actually thought it was shredded wheat until I read about it then not being gluten free! Then your eggs had me fooled - I wouldn't have known if you hadn't said (and I'm sure we don't have those either)! Love this so much - I will definitely make these! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday and thanks so much for co-hosting again!
Thank you Laurena! Desiccated coconut won't look as nest-y, but it'll be just as delicious 🙂 Hope you make them!
Anindya Sundar Basu says
I have a 7 year old son and am sure he will like to have this and make this too with his mother
I'm sure he would love to make it (and eat it) with you! 🙂
Stephanie Sisler says
Mmmm simply delicious! Celiac over here and I love chocolate baked goods! How adorable!
Thank you! I don't have celiac but have been noticing that gluten makes me very sluggish, so I'm pretty much gluten-free. It's hard to find gluten-free options where I live, but it's definitely making me more creative in the kitchen!
Charlene Phillips says
These look incredible! Your photos are spectacular.
Thank you Charlene! I've been trying to improve my photos haha. Not easy working a camera!
Louise Fairweather says
These look fab, I would never have thought of using chickpeas. They look lovely and moist,
Thanks Louise! I would've never thought of using them either before going gluten-free! If you like soft-baked cookies with a moist underbaked center, you should definitely give it a go!
Of Goats and Greens says
These look entirely intriguing!!! (Thanks for helping co host Fiesta Friday this week, too....)
Chickpeas would be great in this...
Thank you! Wait, am I co-hosting again?! haha.
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
Wow, Ai, you're on a roll. Everything you've made for Easter recently are all fabulous. Just top notch! This one is no different. I'm saving this for sure! Thanks for cohosting! Kiss, kiss...
Thanks Angie! I try🙈😘