Chocolate Haystacks

August 1, 2012 in Categories: , by

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These no-bake cookies are based on one my mom used to make when we were kids that was nuts and oats held together with chocolate.  This paleo version ditches the dairy ingredients and the rolled oats.  It’s almost like a super nutty chocolate bark.  I like it as little haystacks but you could make it even simpler by spreading it out onto a cookie sheet and then breaking apart pieces like chocolate bark.  Or you could put them is simple candy molds if you want to get fancy.  You can use semisweet, bittersweet or even super dark chocolate, depending on your preference.  Makes: 1 dozen

Chocolate Haystacks


1.    Line a baking sheet or large plate with parchment paper or wax paper.  Combine coconut, almonds and walnuts in a measuring cup or bowl.
2.    Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in a large glass bowl in the microwave on medium power.
3.    Stir in nuts into chocolate mixture.
4.    Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet while still warm.  Refrigerate until set.

Do you need help finding any ingredients?  Check out  Important Pantry Items for the Paleo Baker.


That’s awesome, they are getting made tonight. I have some fresh coconuts in the house as well so may shave off some big shards of coconut and get that into the mix as well (having a bit of a coconut thing at the moment – can’t get enough of it).

I loved these haystacks, or mudpies as we call them in our house. Can’t wait to try your recipe! Just might do it today, lol, just realized I have all the ingredients!

Yes, dairy-free, soy-free dark chocolate counts. It is high in phytic acid so many people don’t tolerate it. Many people also need to be mindful of carbohydrate intake so I always urge caution/moderation with any paleo baking/treats/desserts. Really what makes these paleo is that they won’t cause cut irritation or inflammation for most individuals.

Most chocolate has soy, which isn’t paleo. Do you use chocolate that doesn’t have soy? If you do where can I find some?

I use the ‘enjoy life’ mini baking chips. I bought them in the natural section at Fred Meyer. By I’ve also seen them at whole foods, or amazon.

Any ideas on how to melt the chocolate without a microwave? In fact what are your thoughts on microwaving food? I gave mine away when I started reading about how it damages the molecules of your food. As a fibromyalgic I need to pay attention to how I heat up food and if microwaving is bad I don’t want to do it! I also don’t have a double-boiler or anything fancy. Would a glass dish set in some hot water on a low burner work? Also would butter work instead of coconut oil? I reacted badly to coconut oil twice so I cannot have that. Thanks for any help! ~Tanya

I have absolutely no reservations about using a microwave. The molecular changes caused by microwaving are the same changes caused by conventional cooking methods.

I think a bowl over some boiling water would work well. Or even straight in a saucepan on low heat, stirring frequently. And I think butter would probably work to substitute for coconut oil. 🙂

There is so much information out there about how horrible the microwave is to our health! For goodness sake. Check out he has lots of info. Not only on the changes it causes to the food, but the electromagnetic field it produces. That is just one of many that I’ve seen but he has good info on has his sources listed at the bottom of his article’s if you want more info still. We havent used or owned one in years, I really don’t think they’re necessary anyway!

You are absolutely correct! Microwaving changes the molecular structure of the food and the body does not recognize it and therefore it causes inflammation and cell damage. No benefits whatsoever as no nutrients survive. I threw mine out 16 years ago and I have rarely been sick since. I also upped my green intake and eliminated refined foods. There are plenty of proven studies and research on the dangers of microwaving. Check the source of the study to see if it is credible as many are false reports made to benefit the source.

Thanks for this! I wanted to find a paleo alternative to this cookie! I have an incredible sweet tooth and these are my favorite!

Hi,I was wondering if it would make a difference if I used cashews instead of almonds? My son is not crazy for almonds! Also wanted to “Thank You” for such great info, your amazing!

Thank you for your recipes. I will try this today. My only quibble is suggesting the use of a microwave. This will cement further in the minds of those who follow you and value your recipes that microwaves are safe to use. They are not.

I made these today and confess I added a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter (any nut butter would work) and they were awesome! I also used the microwave to melt the chocolate – Robb Wolf says the same thing about microwaves. Yea!! I don’t cook with mine, but it sure is handy for heating leftovers and water etc. Looking forward to your book – hope it’s coming soon!

I would just like to say that I make these on a weekly basis! I would also like to say the following: THANK YOU for this website. I can’t comprehend the amount of time and effort it must have taken/does take to compile and organize this valuable information in such a user friendly format. You have made being a new Paleo mom of 2 relatively easy for my family. I don’t know what I would have done without your freely shared knowledge. Finally, to Lourdes in the previous post, it is incredibly rude and disrespectful to use this forum to contradict or correct the lady who has taken her time to provide this website to the public. Your research findings hold zero weight and importance here. Thank you again!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for the recipe!!! It looks so quick and easy and fantastic. Can’t wait to make them for my family. I really appreciate all the recipes and sharing you do. You help me be creative in my Paleo cooking for my family. It is so helpful and you are so appreciated. Really, for those of you who don’t use a microwave…that’s not what this post was about. If you don’t use it, don’t use it. Nobody is forcing you to. Please don’t try to make it an issue when someone is just trying to share. It really makes me sad to think this great lady puts in her time sharing her heart and passion for cooking with others and all some of you get out of it is to find faults. Thank you again, PaleoMom, for all you do!! 🙂

And by my comments, I meant the post where someone is criticizing her use of a microwave, not those of you that just commented that they don’t use them, how else can you do this. 🙂

I have to say I love your blog. I’ve just started the paleo lifestyle and you have every kind of recipe I could dream of. Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful information and recipes.

Made these w/ dark choc & threw in some cranraisin. Made the bark version & broke into pieces. It is very yummy – I made a double batch but fear it will not last long….

After they have hardened in the frig, do you store them there or on the counter/pantry? Airtight container?
Thanks~ these look yummy!

Would unsweetened baking chocolate be ok to use? New to all this since my husband is now dairy free and grain free.

For what i have made, they melt in hand very quickly and created quite a mess when eating. I think its because of the fact that room temperature is higher over here in Asia. Any idea to harden and hold it together a bit longer?

The semi sweet chocolate she recommends contains soy….. I’m confused…..does she still recommend this type?

I actually bought this brand and didn’t realize it contained soy until I got it home.

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