Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Coconut Haystacks

    I've brought these to a couple potlucks over the last several months and have been asked if I'd share the recipe. My mom used to make chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies for us when I was a kid, but since my kids can't eat sugar or oats I came up with this version for them. It's gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, dairy free, no bake, vegan, a one pot wonder, and best of all, just plain yummy. (Even people who can have all those things love these!) They have just a handful of ingredients and come together in as many minutes, which makes them perfect for this busy season of life. Enjoy!

Coconut Haystacks

1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 C. Coconut Oil
1/4 C. Honey
1 t. Vanilla
Sea Salt

2 1/2 C Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut

Chocolate Variation:
Increase honey to 1/3 C. and add 1/2 C. Cocoa powder

Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and sea salt and stir until well combined. (Resist the temptation to eat this by the spoonful.) Remove from heat and add the shredded coconut; combine. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop onto a baking sheet that's been greased or is lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm, then remove from the pan and store in an airtight container in the fridge. 

This post is part of The Nourishing Gourmet's Pennywise Platter  Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday, and Real Food Forager's Grain Free Round-up.


  1. These look amazing! I'm marking this recipe to try as soon as I get another 5 lb bag of coconut!!

    Question: how much sea salt do you use? Just a pinch?

    I found you at Fight Back Friday. I'd love a visit at plusothergoodstuff (dot) blogspot (dot) com. :)

  2. Thanks Joanna!
    Yes, just a pinch, or a couple shakes, of sea salt. This is optional, but I find it adds a depth of flavor and contrast to the sweetness. If you're using salted peanut butter you might want to skip it.

  3. Thanks for sharing w/ me. I will be trying this!!!

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  7. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Our family LoVeS these! I have made them over and over throughout the past year. We make the chocolate ones for the adults and peanut butter ones for our boys (who can safely enjoy them while on GAPS). I have also taken them to potlucks, and I use them as an easy alternative to candy when we go to parties. So thanks a million!



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