Are you looking for an easy and adorable Easter treat? Try Birds Nests with Chow Mein Noodles for a simple, kid friendly dessert. These Birds Nests would look adorable as part of an Easter Centerpiece. The best part about making this dessert is that it is no bake, so it is so quick and easy!
Kid Friendly Easter Dessert
In the midst of everything on it is hard to believe that Easter is just a few days away. While things will be a little quieter this year, and our celebration will just be our family of five, the kids are still very excited to celebrate. They have been counting down for weeks. It is nice to have a positive thing to look forward to. I think it is important to continue with traditions even during a crisis to give the kids a sense of normalcy and comfort.
Earlier this week, we whipped up this kid friendly Easter dessert. It is too bad this batch of Birds Nests with Chow Mein Noodles will not last us until Easter. We just might have to make them again!
Birds Nest with Chow Mein Noodles
Now, if you have never made these birds’ nest with chow mein noodles before, you might think it sounds a little weird. But trust me, the combination of salty chow mein noodles with sweet chocolate and peanut butter is so good. I honestly do not think my kids had tried chow mein noodles before and they were hooked on the first bite.
If you do not have chow mein noodles on hand, I bet you could easily make these birds nests with Rice Krispies instead!
To get started, you will need to gather up your ingredients.
Birds Nest with Chow Mein Noodle Ingredients
1 12 oz package of Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup of peanut butter (preferably not natural peanut butter)
Egg shaped Candy (Small Cadbury Eggs, M & Ms or Jellybeans)
12 oz package of Chow Mein Noodles
Easter Peeps (optional)
Step One: Melt Chocolate Chips
Start by melting the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate chips in 30 second intervals until the chips are completely melted. Stir after each interval. If you have a setting on your microwave for melting, use that setting or use 50% power on your regular cook setting.
Step Two: Add Peanut Butter to Melted Chocolate
I like to use the least amount of bowls as possible when baking. So, just add the peanut butter right into the melted chocolate. Stir until mixture is combined.
Step 3: Pour Chow Mein Noodles Into Large Bowl and Then Pour in Chocolate Mixture
Now, use a large bowl and pour in the noodles.
Next add the peanut butter and chocolate mixture. Stir until all of the noodles are coated.
Step 4: Refrigerate noodle mixture for 15 minutes
You might be able to skip this step if you did not use natural peanut butter. You want the mixture to be able to stick together and hold up on a cookie sheet. We only had natural (more runny) peanut butter on hand, so we found it helpful to let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Do not go longer than this or you will end up with a very hard mixture!
Step 5: Use a small measuring cup or spoon to form small birds’ nests
You could use your hands or we used a 1/8 measuring cup to scoop out the noodle mixture and form into small nests. Place the nests on a baking sheet. Then gently press your egg candy into the center of each nest.
Optional: Add a Peep on top of the nest for a different festive look. Are you Team Peep or Not?
Step 6: Let the nests firm up in the fridge.
The nests will hold up better if you refrigerate them for 30 minutes or so. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days!
Chow Mein Birds' Nests No Bake
- 12 oz Package of Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter natural peanut butter works well
- 12 oz package of Chow Mein Noodles
- 1 package Jelly beans or pastel M & Ms or Small Cadbury Eggs
- 24 Peeps or Chicks
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave (30 second intervals and stir in between intervals.
- Add peanut butter into melted chocolate and stir.
- Pour Chow Mein Noodles into a large bowl. Then pour in chocolate + peanut butter mixture. Stir until noodles are evenly coated.
- Refrigerate bowl for at least 15 minutes.
- Use a small measuring cup or spoon to form small birds' nests. Create a well in the center of the nests to add the candy. Top with candy eggs and a Peep.
- Let the nests firm up in the refrigerator or let set in a cool place.
Easter Easter No Bake Treats
It is fun to get festive for the holidays. You do not need to go all out though. This easy no bake dessert will be a hit with your kids.
If you are looking for another no bake Easter dish, check out this Easter Charcuterie Board we made last year!
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