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4 Easy Easter Recipes

Pinterest is my friend. Pinterest is my friend. Pinterest is my friend.

That’s what I keep repeating as I’m a part of the biggest time suck on the planet. Like, who knew there were that many ways to use pastel M & M’s and mini eggs? In all honesty, Pinterest is spectacular. Right?!? I am pretty sure you can live with just Pinterest alone.   

But, back on topic here. I set out to make a “pretty” Easter dessert. Which led to bunny shaped recipes, no bake recipes, recipes that take 15 minutes or less. Since I couldn’t narrow down my choices, here are four recipes that each have five ingredients or less and each recipe took anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes to put together.  Once you have all your ingredients you should be able to finish all four of these desserts within about an hour and ready to share for Easter dessert.

Nothing crazy.  No Pinterest fails, no baking,  just a microwave and some easy pour and mix recipes.

I’m warning you ahead of time you will be so sick of pastel colors by the time you are done but I was so excited for all the pretty pink, yellow, blue and greens. I’ve consumed way too much sugar in the making of these recipes especially since I am usually always trying low sugar, protein recipes (that my kids don’t seem to like.)  My boys are happy that I was indecisive and went overboard… hubby not so much since I gave him the shopping list to pick up a “few” things.  But, I’m sure I will still also make the traditional fruit or veggie platter in the shape of a bunny like I always do too.  
 
The first recipe and the quickest is known as Ambrosia Salad. I’ve seen this at so many events but I’ve never had it mainly because I don’t like marshmallows. However, the coconut and pineapple are a nice light, fruity dessert for warm weather. And, what?! Only 3 minutes to make (literally, I timed it.)
 
Easter Fluff
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Total Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pineapple
  2. 1 cup sweetened coconut
  3. 1 10 ounce bag colored miniature marshmallows
  4. 1 8 ounce container of Cool Whip
  5. 1 13.4 ounce vanilla instant putting mix
  6. 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the pudding mix and crushed pineapple in a large bowl
  2. Add the Cool Whip, marshmallows, coconut and nuts
  3. Chill until ready
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In sticking with recipes that you see everywhere that I have never made is the popular “puppy chow” made with Chex cereal. This is seriously addicting but so easy for the kids to make with you. This took about 10 minutes to mix together. 
 
Easter Bunny Chow
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Ingredients
  1. 1 butterscotch putting mix (optional)
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. 12 ounce white chocolate chips
  4. 8 cups rice chex
  5. 1 bag pastel M & M's
Instructions
  1. Start by melting the white chocolate chips
  2. Combine the melted chocolate and the Chex cereal in a large bowl
  3. Put the powdered sugar in a large Ziploc bag (add a few teaspoons of butterscotch pudding mix if desired)
  4. Add the Chex mix and shake it until coated
  5. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet or wax paper, sprinkle on the M & M’s and wait for the chocolate to harden
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The next recipe I tried seems super easy.  A simple candy bark that we’ve all made for Christmas with peppermint candy canes so why not Easter candy bark? This one took maybe five minutes.  The problem I had was my candy coming off when I broke it into bark.  I think you need to really push the candy down into the melted chocolate. Oh, and for some reason I forgot my sprinkles too.  The sugar may have been creeping into my brain at this point.  But, this is definitely the prettiest of the recipes I tried.  
 
Easter Candy Bark
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Ingredients
  1. White vanilla candy melts
  2. Pastel and Easter sprinkles
  3. Easter candy
Instructions
  1. Melt the vanilla candy
  2. Pour on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Sprinkle on your candy and sprinkles
  4. Place in the freezer for a couple hours or in the fridge to harden
  5. Break apart
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By this point I had used white chocolate chips, white vanilla candy melts, colored marshmallows, pastel M & M’s,  chocolate mini eggs, sprinkles, pineapple, Cool Whip, pudding mix, and powdered sugar but I needed to find something with jellybeans. I love jelly beans.  And, just in case you’re wondering,  sour Starburst jellybeans are hands down the best! 
 
The last recipe is Rice Krispie Treat “nests.” Rice Krispie treats are always a good go-to for the kiddos. For this, just shape into a little nest and fill with jellybeans. 
 
Rice Krispie Nests
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Ingredients
  1. 5 cups Rice Krispies
  2. 4 cups of marshmallows
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter (melted)
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. 2 cups of jellybeans or Mini eggs
Instructions
  1. Melt the marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl 25-30 seconds and repeat as needed
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract to your marshmallows and stir
  3. Add the rice cereal until all the cereal is covered with the marshmallows
  4. Grease a 12 cup muffin tray and scoop quarter cup portions into the tray
  5. Use the back of a spoon or wet your hands to press the Rice Krispies into a nest shape
  6. Place the trays in the fridge to set until they are hard
  7. Take the “nests” out of the muffin tray and fill them with your jelly beans (or mini eggs, berries, etc.)
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There you have four super easy, “pretty”, no-bake recipes that you can finish in well under an hour.   

The kids can help with all of these recipes too.   The only thing you need is a microwave to make any of these. Enjoy these sweet treats for Easter dessert with your family.  Experiment and add your own spin to them by adding food coloring, different candy, colored marshmallows, bunny shaped marshmallows,  different pudding flavors,  or different fruit flavors. There are so many options.  
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