Chocolate Bird’s Nests

In Australia we have a strong `no nuts policy’ in most (if not all) childcare centres, kinders/preschools and schools. I had a look around to find something that was similar to what I used to call Bird’s nests. The inspiration for this recipe came from The Paleo Mom. I have tried to come up with something that is similar and adapted for Paleo and the school lunchbox.


  • 85 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)


  • Line a baking tray with baking paper
  • Combine coconut and fruit together and set aside
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together
  • Add peppermint essence here if you are doing so
  • Stir the coconut mix into the chocolate mixture
  • Drop spoonfuls of the mixture on to the baking sheets while warm
  • Put into the fridge till set

Makes approx 10.

Notes: I used a desertspoon to spoon these onto the baking paper. I think that next time I would use a teaspoon. It would make them the right size (bite size) for the kids. For a different taste you could add some peppermint essence to the mixture.

(Aldi have a great 80% dark chocolate that is great to cook with….or to eat as a treat. Judith)

Verdict: Not far off the real thing without the side affects of grains and excess sugar from milk chocolate. Great for the kids lunchbox IF they last that long. I went to get them out and have one after the kids went to bed……someone had been sneaking them.

The inspiration for this recipe came from The Paleo Mon at (


  1. Oh, I’ll have to pin these onto my party board! Though I’m sure we’ll try them before the next birthday…you know, just to make sure they’re ok…!

    • Di you sound like my Dad. He would always sneak in a steal a piece of whatever I was cooking….’just to see if was OK for everyone else to have’. I’d love to hear about what you do for the kids birthday parties. They are always a bit of a challenge. We’ll be doing a post on that topic soon.

      • We haven’t had one since going Primal, and the next won’t be till January. I’ll let you know all I do, though it will probably be a family party at the farm, so I won’t be in control of everything. 🙂

  2. jade baravilala says:

    Just wondering what brand of coconut you have used for these? Every brand ive looked at has additives in them!!


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