Raw Easter Macaroon Nests

A few weeks ago, my Mom and I were discussing what our favorite Easter candies were.  Mine was always Reese's peanut butter eggs, and raspberry cream eggs, and she said hers was "those coconut nests with the eggs".  If you do not know what I am talking about there are a few versions of the nests, some with jelly beans or some with chocolate in the center, some with chocolate coconut nests, some with vanilla or white chocolate coconut macaroon.  My Mom then told me that I needed to create a raw version of them for Easter, since she tries not to eat refined sugar anymore, but she would love to have something similar.
 
 
I accepted the challenge, but I put my own spin on the nests.  Instead of vanilla or chocolate macaroons, I decided on lime coconut.  Since they were to be green, it made sense!  Instead of chocolate candy or jelly beans in the center, I piped some strawberry cream.  It was the perfect combination and lovely for Easter!  
 
 
I thought they were better than the original recipes for the nests and my Mom, whose opinion mattered the most this time loved them!  They were just the right amount of sweet, and the strawberry lime combination was heavenly and so springy!  

Raw Easter Macaroon Nests
(coconut lime macaroons with strawberry cream)
Makes 12

Macaroons:
3/4 cup raw almond meal*
2 Tbsp organic lime zest
2 Tbsp lime juice
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar a few spinach leaves
2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut

Cream "eggs":
1/2 cup raw cashew pieces (preferably soaked overnight)
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 /2 Tbsp organic lime zest
1/2 cup fresh young coconut meat (or additional soaked cashews if not available)
2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp coconut butter, warmed to soft
2 Tbsp raw coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
1/4 cup fresh organic strawberries

Place almond meal, lime zest, lime juice, and sea salt in the food processor and process until well combined. Add the agave nectar and spinach and process until the mixture holds together. Add coconut and pulse until the mixture holds together. Form the mixture into 12 balls, then press down in the center of each to form a nest and place on a dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate for about 12 hours, or until they are dried, but not so much so that they are not a little chewy in the middle.
To make cream, combine all ingredients except coconut oil and berries in the food processor and process until smooth.  With the motor running, add the oil slowly and process a minute.  Add the berries and process until well blended.  Place in a bowl in the freezer to firm up for about 30 minutes. Place the cream in a pastry bag with a large round tip (or a ziplock with the end cut off) and pipe eggs into the nests.  Enjoy!  Store extra in the fridge.
*I used soaked, skinned and dried almonds to make the meal.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

19 Comments
  1. March 26, 2013 at 13:19
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    Oh, these look soooo good! I'll have to see if I have everything to make them. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. March 26, 2013 at 13:41
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    Those are sooo cool looking! Great job :)<br /><br />Happy Blogging!<br /><a href="http://www.happyvalleychow.com/" rel="nofollow">Happy Valley Chow</a>

    • March 28, 2013 at 12:16
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      Thank you :)!

  3. March 26, 2013 at 14:52
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    these are SO cute!<br /><br />I tried raw cauliflower rice last night. :) blogged about it :p<br /><br />http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

    • March 28, 2013 at 12:16
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      Thanks Katherine :)! I love cauliflower rice!

  4. March 26, 2013 at 21:14
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    Wow! These look amazing! Thanks for posting as I am really trying to eat more raw desserts. Will be making these soon!

    • March 28, 2013 at 12:16
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      Thanks Alex :)! I hope you do try more raw, you might become addicted, like me ;).

    • March 28, 2013 at 12:17
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      Thank you :)!

  5. March 27, 2013 at 20:40
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    My preschooler and I made them today (with a few modifications) and they were a total hit!

    • March 28, 2013 at 12:17
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      So happy you made them :)! It must have been fun with your preschooler!

  6. March 28, 2013 at 20:42
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    These look sooo cute!! They would be the perfect addition to our Easter Chicks!! Hope you have a happy easter!

    • March 29, 2013 at 03:55
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      Thank you :)! Hope you have a wonderful Easter as well!

    • April 1, 2013 at 02:05
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      Thanks so much Abby :)! I thought the same about the green.

  7. April 13, 2013 at 15:01
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    I l0ve this recipe Amy! I'm so glad you have shared this to us.<br /><br />Thanks a lot.

    • April 13, 2013 at 22:14
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      Thank you so much :)! I am happy to share!

  8. April 5, 2014 at 01:35
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    Amy.. you did cute and excellent work. It's look like real eggs in nest..This one of the <a href="http://www.giftblooms.com/USA/Easter-Gifts-Delivery" rel="nofollow">cute cake</a>..Thank you for post it.:)

    • April 5, 2014 at 03:25
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      Thank you :)!

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