How does the saying go? Fail to plan, plan to fail? When you are starting on a keto or low carb diet, one of the most important things you can do is have snacks on hand. I am not sure it gets any better than these Keto Coconut Haystacks. You will find yourself craving these crunchy chocolate-covered clusters. They are quick to make and keep well in the fridge or freezer.
These Keto Coconut Haystacks are the Perfect Easy Snack!
These are stressful times, and I know I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed.
With the kids on limited activities, my daily to-do list is overwhelming more often than not.
This has left me simultaneously with no time to cook AND increased chocolate cravings.
As someone prone to stress-eat, recipes like these Coconut Haystacks are critical to keeping me on track.
These delicious little morsels come together in a flash.
They are quick to make and even faster to disappear. Even the kids will love this no-bake keto cookie! (But I won't judge if you decide to hide them for yourself.)
Chocolate Coconut Haystack Variations
- You can use chopped almonds or macadamia nuts in place of the pecans.
- Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or peanut butter powder to the chocolate and oil mixture when melting.
- If you have got a little extra time, toasting the coconut and pecans is a great way to add an extra depth of flavor. Be careful though - coconut toasts very quick!
Tools You Will Need
- Stevia-Sweetened Chocolate - I am a big, big fan of Lily's Chocolate. You can use their chocolate chips or chocolate bars.
- Coconut Oil - I used unrefined coconut oil because the coconut flavor is more pronounced. Any kid works.
- Sweetener - I used Swerve confectioners, but any powdered sweetener will work. If you don't have a powdered low carb sweetener, I recommend giving it a whirl in the food processor.
- Unsweetened Coconut - You can use shredded, flakes, or a combination of both for more texture. Make sure you double-check the label and pick a brand that doesn't have sugar.
- Pecans - Since you are going to be chopping them anyway, you can buy pecan pieces, which are less expensive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you have coconut on keto?
Absolutely! Coconut is loaded with medium-chain fatty acids that convert to energy in the body rather than fat. This makes it useful for both weight loss and maintenance. A ⅓ cup serving of coconut has 140 calories, 14g fat, and 1.5 net carbs making it very keto-friendly.
What is the best keto-friendly chocolate?
There are several brands of sugar-free chocolate chips. My favorite is Lily’s, which is sweetened with stevia.
What nuts have the fewest carbs?
Pecans and Brazil nuts have just 1 net carb per 1-ounce serving. Other great options are walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, and macadamia nuts, which have 2 net carbs per serving. (Yes, I know - peanuts aren’t technically a nut.)
What sweeteners work in this recipe?
I recommend using a confectioner's style sweetener in this recipe. Learn more about keto sweeteners here.
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How to Make Keto Chocolate Coconut Haystacks
This walkthrough is intended to help those who need a little more detail and are visually oriented. Please see the recipe card below for the full recipe with measurements.
First, line your baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silat. Trust me - don't skip this step or you won't be able to remove the cookies from the pan.
Put water in the bottom of a double boiler and bring to a boil. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to the top and place on top of the water.
Don't have a double boiler? No worries, I don't either. Just use a glass or metal bowl. (I shouldn't have to say this, but this is the internet, so I will - don't use a plastic bowl.)
You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so.
For sweeter haystacks, whisk in powdered Swerve and cook until fully incorporated.
Next, put the coconut and pecans in a bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over.
Finally, drop by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until solid. Store in the fridge or freezer.
No-Bake Treats don't get much tastier than these Low Carb Chocolate Coconut Haystacks! These delicious chocolate bites are crunchy and decadent, but entirely guilt-free. Your chocolate cravings don't stand a chance against these delightful morsels.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat
- In the top of a double boiler (or a glass or metal bowl on top of a pot of water combine the chocolate and coconut oil.
- Cook on low until the chocolate has melted.
- Whisk in the Swerve, and cook until it has fully incorporated.
- Remove from heat, and stir in coconut and pecans.
- Drop by the spoonful onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, until solid.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer. (If you freeze them, you will need to take them out for a few minutes prior to eating.