Have you ever had a haystack? I don’t know what planet I was living on but I had never even heard of one until I was married! I don’t even know how that’s possible… maybe it’s because growing up we didn’t have much coconut since my dad hates the stuff. In any case, I was missing out!
I had my first haystack at Cannon Beach, Oregon… which is home to the iconic Haystack Rock. A more fitting place there can not be to have your first haystack. For those of you who are just as clueless about haystacks as I was, a haystack is really just a mound of toasted coconut covered in chocolate. That is it! Two simple ingredients which make a really yummy treat.
While at ShiftCon, I recently discovered two brands that took haystacks to another level: Made in Nature with their espresso toasted coconut chips and Enjoy Life with their dairy free chocolate chips. What’s more, these brands helped me make somewhat healthier haystacks… I say somewhat because the chocolate still includes a bit of sugar but because of these two brands these are haystacks are dairy free, soy free, and GMO-free. A pretty great way to enjoy a pick-me-up treat. Pick-me-up? Oh yes… I forgot to mention that these babies are espresso packed! Let’s just say I love having these in the afternoon when I start to lag.
Chocolate Espresso Coconut Haystacks
Slightly crush coconut chips in a bag or bowl. You can leave the coconut chips as is but I find them a bit too big for haystacks.
In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate chips. You can do this in the microwave or with a double boiler method.
Once chocolate chips are melted, add the chocolate to the coconut chips. Stir well to fully mix the two ingredients.
Drop mounds onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place haystacks into the fridge to firm up. Once firm they are done!
You will want to take them out of the fridge for a few minutes before eating… unless you don’t mind rock hard haystacks (I’ve been known to impatiently eat a few this way!)
Makes about 12 medium sized haystacks