A Colourful Easter Treat Recipe for Your Junior Chef

Filed under: Activities: Babies, Holidays, Nutrition: Health

Ah, Easter. That magical time of year when candy companies take all things "spring" and turn them into chocolate-covered treats that whip small children (and, yes, adults) into a sugar-driven frenzy. But this year, why not save your pennies and try something new? If you're interested in starting a new tradition this year -- something that will increase your family bonding time and is a bit healthier than loading up on commercial Easter treats -- add this recipe to your repertoire.

Children love to get their hands dirty -- especially in the kitchen. This recipe does not require any cutting or baking, so it is considered "child-friendly." Note: A stove top is required, so please be with your child to assist them in the stirring process.
Bird's Nest Treat Recipe

Prep Time: 12 to 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields 12 bird nests

Olive oil cooking spray
1 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
3 tbsp butter (low-fat can be used)
1 semi-sweet bakers square (optional)
4 cups dry noodles or cereal (can use rice noodles, chow mein noodles, rice crispies etc -- Remember: the type of noodle or cereal you use will impact the amount of fibre the "nest" will have.)
24 jelly beans or small chocolate eggs

  • Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • On medium heat, place the marshmallows and butter in a large pot. Stir and cook until they are both melted. If you want a chocolate nest, add the chocolate square now and melt fully.
  • Remove the pan from heat and stir in the noodles or cereal. Mix well until coated thoroughly.
  • Divide the mixture evenly in the muffin tin and press into the shape of a bird's nest.
  • Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until the nests have set.
  • Add jellybeans or chocolate eggs for the finishing touch.

Karla Heintz, B.Sc., is a nutrition educator and author of Picky? Not Me, Mom! A Parents' Guide to Children's Nutrition. If you have a question you would like answered please leave it in the comment section below. Thanks!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.