This recipe takes me down a nostalgic memory lane back to when I was a kid. This is one of my easiest recipes that really hit the mark on that chocolate craving, with an amazing flavour combination of chocolate and coconut.

My memories bring me back to the summertime, going to a cottage or in the wintertime playing hockey and stopping in the local bakery to get my hands on these treats. Grabbing this treat from a small bakery in rural Atlantic Canada really hits me with great memories of growing up on the East Coast. 

This recipe is packed with chocolate and coconuts, and I’ve even added a bit of oat to hold everything together. The great thing about this recipe is that you can play around with the flavouring to get the perfect flavours you want. You can even add mint extract to make a chocolate mint flavour.

Tips for Nailing This Recipe

  1. To form these haystacks, use a cookie scoop to make even portions of the batter and place them on a tray of parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle kosher or flakey sea salt on top to enhance the chocolate flavour, and let it fully cool for 10 minutes.

These HAYstacks have left a lasting impression on me that I’ve carried the memory in my name. I know you will all love this one!  

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 13


  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp flaky salt + more for sprinkling at the end
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut


  • In a medium pot over medium high heat, add the butter, milk, cocoa, salt, and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil but be sure to be whisking constantly. Let boil for 2-4 minutes while whisking.
  • After 4 minutes, turn off the burner and add in the oats, vanilla, and coconut. Immediately fold the mixture together using a spatula. Once everything is totally mixed together, use an ice cream scoop to scoop out haystacks and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let fully cool for 10 mins. Finish with flaky sea salt. Enjoy!
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