Paleo Chocolate Haystacks Recipe
When you get a craving for chocolate, nothing else will do. But when you’re Paleo, satisfying your cravings is a little harder than picking out the first chocolate-flavored treat from the store. Too many store-bought chocolates are full of refined sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors, and more. So save your stomach (and your wallet) and look to your pantry instead. These Paleo chocolate haystacks use only four ingredients, and you probably already have them in your kitchen cabinets. We keep it it simple, letting the crunch of the almonds, the delicate coconut, and the rich chocolate speak for themselves. It’s chocolatey bliss in less time than it takes to drive to and from the store!
Get the Scoop on Chocolate Percentages
We’ve all seen percentages on chocolate at the store but what do those numbers really mean? What is the difference between 50%, 60% and 70% chocolate?
The percentage tells you how much cacao is in the chocolate. In other words, how much of the chocolate comes directly from the cocoa bean. The higher the number, the more bitter the chocolate. As for the rest of the chocolate bar, it can contain stabilizers, flavorings, dairy, sugar, and more.
Different types of chocolate have different percentages of cacao. By law, milk chocolate only needs to have 10% cacao. Semi-sweet chocolate must contain at least 35% cacao but it usually has closer to 55% cacao (and no dairy). Because this number can vary so widely, it is always best to buy chocolate labelled by specific percentage cacao content is something you care about. That way, you know exactly what you’re getting.
More Crunchy Additions for Your Chocolate Haystacks
Whether you’re looking to spice up your chocolate haystacks or you just want to try something new, don’t be afraid to experiment. Just remember to keep an eye on the nutritional values.
- Chopped macadamia nuts
- Chopped pecans
- Freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries
- Cacao nibs
More No-Bake Paleo Desserts to Try
Maybe it’s 90 degrees out. Maybe there’s a turkey in your oven. Whatever the reason your oven is out of commission, there is no need to skip out on dessert. We’ve got you covered with a bunch of Paleo-friendly desserts that don’t require any baking. Whether they come together on the stove, in the microwave, or in the freezer, you’re sure to find a recipe that will work for you!
These no-bake chocolate bites couldn’t be easier to make.
- In a small bowl over hot water, melt the chocolate pieces and the coconut oil together.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the shredded coconut and chopped almonds.
- Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out the mixture onto a parchment paper lined plate or tray. Make sure you press down the mixture into the spoon so that it packs down before flipping mixture out onto the tray.
- Place the plate or tray into the freezer to set for 2 hours.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 106
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 2 g