Cookies don’t always have to be packed full of sugar and flour. This is a fast, easy, filling recipe that uses minimal sugars to keep your blood sugar low, while still fulfilling your sweet tooth and boosting your protein intake. I have taken the original recipe and altered it to transform them into low carb high protein hackstack cookies. My aunt and my mom used to make these for me as a kid. You may want to make a double batch, these go fast!
This recipe is also considered gluten free, and dairy free.
Ingredients for Gluten Free, Dairy Free Chocolate Haystacks
- 1 Cup of Dairy Free Chocolate Chips (I use the Enjoy Life brand)
- 2 cups shredded coconut (Unsweetened will keep the carbs down)
Directions on Making Low Carb, High Protein Chocolate Haystack
Turn the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the finely shredded coconut on a baking sheet and toast it for 3 – 4 minutes, making sure you don’t burn the flakes.
Next melt your chocolate chips on low in a non-stick pan stirring continuously until all of the chips are melted.
In a bowl mix the chocolate with the coconut. While that’s cooling, set up you cookie sheet. Line it with wax paper.
Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, create 12 even haystacks. Don’t worry if you mess them up you can always add to them as long as the chocolate is still warm.
Protein Boost: You can turn these into higher protein treats by mixing in the chocolate version of any protein shake. You can play around with the quantity, but I wouldn’t go over 1 scoop of powder. If you add too much they won’t be as creamy. The powder would be added right after melting the chocolate chips and before the coconut. This way it allows the powder to bond with the chocolate. Use a whisk to break up the protein powder so it doesn’t make your haystacks clumpy 😉 If you feel that you’ve added too much protein powder you can always add more chocolate chips or add a little bit of MCT oil.
This recipe is just another good example of how you can transform your diet with a little creativity. Adding protein, and the right kind of chocolate chips transformed it into a low carb, high protein chocolate haystack with only 10.5 grams of carbs, 159 calories, and 3.2 grams of protein.
These nutrition facts are based on using one scoop of protein powder, unsweetened coconut flakes, and gluten free, dairy free chocolate chips from the “Enjoy Life” brand and a dairy free protein shake (Vega One).
Makes 12 servings
Fat: 10.5 grams
Carbs: 13.6 grams
Protein: 3.2 grams