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Paleo dark chocolate coconut haystack recipe

Dark Chocolate Coconut Haystacks {Paleo & Vegan}

Are you craving a sweet treat that is satisfying, delicious and yet not loaded with added sugar?  These paleo Chocolate Coconut Haystacks are the perfect choice!  With just two ingredients, these chocolate haystacks are a crunchy, decadent dessert.

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Haystacks

Chocolate coconut haystacks are so easy to make.  You do not need a double boiler to melt the chocolate.  Simply quick tempered the chocolate in the microwave using these easy-to-follow steps.

Melting dark chocolate for coconut haystacks

5 from 12 votes
Paleo dark chocolate coconut haystack recipe
Dark Chocolate Coconut Haystacks {Paleo & Vegan}
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Full of crunchy toasted coconut and dark chocolate, these chocolate coconut haystacks are a delicious and satisfying healthier treat.  Plus they are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy chocolate coconut dessert, how to quick temper chocolate, how to temper chocolate in the microwave, paleo chocolate coconut haystacks, paleo chocolate haystacks
Servings: 20 haystacks
Calories: 97 kcal
  • 200 grams dark chocolate I prefer 72% dark chocolate
  • 100 grams coconut flakes unsweetened
Toast Coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

  2. Evenly distribute coconut flakes on baking sheet and toast in oven for 1 to 2 minutes, until golden.  Set aside to cool

Quick Temper Chocolate
  1. Chop chocolate into small chunks, transfer all but the smallest crumbs/pieces to a glass bowl
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds, until mostly melted
  3. Continue to stir chocolate until completely melted and cool to touch
  4. Add chocolate crumbs to melted chocolate, stir to incorporate
Make Chocolate Coconut Haystacks
  1. Add cooled toasted coconut flakes to tempered chocolate.  Stir until the coconut is fully coated with chocolate

  2. Scoop rounded tablespoons of the chocolate and coconut mixture onto parchment paper to set

  3. Once set, serve or store in an air-tight container for up to one week

Paleo toasted coconut chocolate haystack recipe

Choosing a Healthier Dark Chocolate

I use 72% dark chocolate for all of my baking and desserts.  I find that anything lower is too sweet and contains too much added sugar.  Trader Joe’s sells a 72% dark chocolate that is delicious and reasonably priced.  However, the TJ’s dark chocolate is sweetened with refined sugar, and is not paleo.

Thrive Market also sells a good paleo 72% dark chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar.

Please note that I am not compensated by either Trader Joe’s or Thrive Market for these recommendations.  I am simply sharing recommendations for products that I choose to purchase.

Dark chocolate coconut haystacks sit on top of toasted coconut flakes

Nutrition information (per haystack, 15g):

  • 97 calories
  • 2.6 g added sugar
  • 2.0 g fiber
  • 1.1 g protein

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Paleo toasted coconut chocolate haystack recipe

Other paleo desserts you may enjoy:

Paleo coconut macaroon recipe

Paleo lemon custard served with fresh blueberries

Paleo fruit and nut chocolate bark with dried strawberries and pistachios


  1. These look like the perfect easy treat! Love how they only contain 2 ingredients!

    • Thanks Hope! These are the ultimate last-minute “healthy” dessert! Super satisfying with crunchy coconut and creamy chocolate… I hope you love them as much as we do!

  2. I love how simple and easy these are but I know I would be so addicted to them!

  3. Two of my all time faves together! Yum!

  4. I’d totally make this! They look crunchy and chocolatey delicious!

  5. Love the two ingredient dessert concept!! These look lovely!

  6. These looks sooooo good! Chocolate + coconut are the best combo.

  7. What a super fun treat! My kids will love the look and taste of this!

  8. Such a great flavor combination! I love chocolate and coconut. I’m looking forward ro making these!

  9. I love easy treats like these! So yummy! I can’t wait to give them a try. 🙂

  10. So utterly simple…but, wow! SOOO delicious!!

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