Easy Peanut Butter Easter Nests

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These easy Peanut Butter Easter Nests are a fun and festive no-bake dessert with crunchy chow mein noodles combined with chocolate and peanut butter and dressed up with tiny chocolate Easter eggs.

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Easy Peanut Butter Easter Nests

This no-bake peanut butter nest recipe is great to make with kids around Easter time. It is fun, colorful, and simple to make. The nests are sweet, crunchy, and flavorful! 

Noodles don’t have to be just for savory dishes, especially these crunchy chow mein noodles. With their simple flavor, you can use them in so many other ways. By using chow mein noodles, you get an awesome crunch that pairs well with the creaminess of the peanut butter. 

Peanut Butter Easter Nests

Ingredients You Need

You will need just 5 ingredients for these adorable Easter nests. The hardest one to get is the chow mein noodles, which come in a can and might be difficult to find in the store. You can order them on Amazon. For the white chocolate chips, we used chocolate buttons, but you can use regular white chocolate chips, or even butterscotch chips.

Ingredients for peanut butter Easter nests
  • White chocolate chips: I prefer the bright color white chocolate gives the nests, but milk chocolate chips or butterscotch chips are fine as well. They will just make a darker nest.
  • Powdered sugar: It’s best to use powdered sugar as it will dissolve easier and not leave lumps of sugar in your nests. 
  • Creamy peanut butter: For a smoother consistency, stick with creamy or smooth peanut butter. You can use chunky peanut butter for more texture.
  • Chow mein noodles: They add an awesome crunch to the nests and don’t get soggy easily. 
  • Candy-coated mini chocolate Easter eggs: This is what makes the colorful nests look so cute. We use Cadbury mini chocolate eggs.
White chocolate candy melts

What are Chow Mein Noodles?

The chow mein noodles you’re looking for are crispy fried noodles sold in a can. I haven’t been able to find them outside the United States, so keep that in mind.

If you can’t find them, there isn’t really a great alternative, unfortunately. You can use mini pretzels, but they won’t fit in the cupcake tin as easily.

How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Easter Nests

These Easter nests are very simple to make. You’re just going to need two cupcake tins. Give them a spray with non-stick cooking spray, or fill them with cupcake liners, so the nests are easier to get out.

Pour the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate. You’re aiming for a smooth, fully melted chocolate, but without burning it, so continue cooking in 10 second intervals in the microwave until all the chips are melted and smooth.

Melted white chocolate

Mix in the powdered sugar and peanut butter. You can fold it in with a spatula or stir with a spoon. Just get it nice and mixed together.

White chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar

Carefully fold in the chow mein noodles – being mindful not to break them – until they are fully coated in chocolate.

Mixing chow mein noodles into the sauce mixture

Scoop the mixture in large spoonfuls into the cupcake wells. Just eyeball it until you’ve got an even distribution. Press down on the noodles to flatten them into the shape of a nest. Then place 3 eggs in each nest.

Mixing chow mein noodles into the sauce mixture

Refrigerate the cupcake tins until the nests are cooled, which takes about 20 minutes. Then you can pick the nests carefully from the pan. Set them on a cute Easter serving tray, if you have one. These are a huge hit at a party or Easter dinner.

Peanut Butter Easter Nests

Questions About Peanut Butter Easter Nests

Can I use natural peanut butter?

It is best to use store-bought peanut butter (i.e. Jif) over natural peanut butter that needs to be stirred. Using natural peanut butter will not combine well with the other ingredients.

Is it safe to make them with my kids?

Absolutely! Since there is no baking involved, and no use of sharp knives, even the littlest ones can help in making these nests. I recommend that the adult still stays in charge of melting the chocolate, as it can get very hot.

Can I add marshmallows?

You can definitely use marshmallows instead. This will give the nests a chewier texture akin to a Rice Krispies treat. However, if you use marshmallows, I recommend not adding in the powdered sugar.

Peanut Butter Easter Nests

Tips & Notes

  • Use a silicone cupcake pan to extract the nests easier. If you don’t have a silicone cupcake pan, line a muffin tray with cupcake liners. This will help with removing the nests easier.
  • These nests are best eaten the day of, but can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container.
  • For some extra fun, add some food coloring to the melted white chocolate. This way you can have rainbow Easter egg nests.
  • This recipe is incredibly flexible, so play around with the ingredients and make it your own!
  • You can use sugar-free white chocolate chips to cut down on the sugar.
Peanut butter Easter nests

Substitutions You Can Make

  • Other ingredients can be used instead of chow mein noodles. Some recipes use rolled oats or even pretzels. 
  • Instead of candied eggs, M&M’s work just as well. If you don’t like chocolate, Skittles could be a good option as well. As long as they are colorful! 
  • Add in some butterscotch chips or milk chocolate chips to add an extra layer of flavor to the nests.
  • You can use sugar-free white chocolate chips to cut down on the sugar.

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Peanut butter Easter nests

Easy Peanut Butter Easter Nests

These easy Peanut Butter Easter Nests are a fun and festive no-bake dessert with crunchy chow mein noodles combined with chocolate and peanut butter and dressed up with tiny chocolate Easter eggs.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Chips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15 Servings
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips approx. 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 ounces chow mein noodles 1 can or approx. 4 cups
  • Candy-coated mini chocolate Easter eggs about 48

Instructions

  • Spray the wells of two cupcake tins. Set aside.
  • Pour the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Continue cooking in 10 second intervals in the microwave until all the chips are melted and smooth.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar and peanut butter. Stir until well combined.
  • Fold in the chow mein noodles until fully coated.
  • Scoop the mixture in large spoonfuls into the cupcake wells. Press the noodles out to make a nest. Place 2 or 3 eggs in each nest.
  • Refrigerate until the nests are cooled, about 20 minutes. Pick the nests carefully from the pan and serve.

Notes

These nests are best eaten the day they are made, but can be stored for up to a week in an air tight container.
You can use sugar-free white chocolate chips to cut down on the sugar.
A silicon cupcake pan makes it the easiest to extract the nests from the pan.
There are many brands of mini Easter eggs, but we use Cadbury as they are easiest to find and taste good.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

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