Gluten and Dairy Free Bird Nests

While visiting a friend with a lake cabin up in Hayward, Wisconsin, I was pleasantly surprised to findĀ  Grandma Ferdon’s production house which sells gluten free food! As one of my vacation souvenirs, I took home a bag of their Chow Mein noodles.
Delicious! With spring upon us and Easter fast approaching, I tried to
think of a way to put these chow mein noodles to work in a creative way
other than the typical Asian stir fry dish. Why not make the ever
popular and oh so easy little bird nests? My kids thoroughly enjoyed
plopping the “eggs” into each of these nests. Don’t worry. You don’t
need to travel up to Hayward to get your own bag of chow mein noodles.
You can order them online.

Bird Nests
2 cups Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Jif creamy peanut butter
2 cups gluten free chow mein noodles (Grandma Ferdon’s)
Jellybeans (Lifesavers and Starburst brands are gluten free)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place chocolate chips and
peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave. Stir
melted mixture. Add chow mein noodles and gently stir until fully
coated. Drop by tablespoonful onto the lined baking sheet. Form into a
nest shape using your fingers. Place a few of the colored jellybeans
into the center as “eggs”.

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