Overview

No equipment required! Which means less dishes to clean, which is always a good thing! These raw chocolate haystacks are awesome. I like to store them in the freezer for quick sugar fixes. Coconut and cacao are the main ingredients.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    35 min
  • Suggested Servings

    12 servings
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

    None

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Add all ingredients into large bowl except the shredded coconut.
  • 2. Stir with spoon until well mixed.
  • 3. Once combined, add shredded coconut. Stir again until well combined.
  • 4. Form into 12 small mounds and place on plate. Refrigerate for one hour. (Haystacks will harden when cooled.)
  • 5. Store leftover haystacks in refrigerator.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

No equipment required! Which means less dishes to clean, which is always a good thing!

These raw chocolate haystacks are awesome. I like to store them in the fridge for quick sugar fixes. These haystacks are probably one of my top 5 favourite recipes because they are really quick and really good! 

Best served cold, straight-out of the fridge because coconut oil will liquify again once warm. (Note: you can freeze them for longer storage, but they are moist and much better when refrigerated rather than frozen.)

To get the white-coconut effect as seen in the picture, roll your finished haystacks in some additional shredded coconut before freezing.

Nutrition Overview

B+grade
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, and Riboflavin.

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I make them with organic agave. I have seen them made with part cacao, part carob. I don't like carob ever, so I skip it. Sometimes to save money I use part raw, organic cacao powder AND part organic, extra dark cocoa powder. I love extra dark chocolate, and these taste like that.

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Great tips Zennifer!

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that is amazing! I need to make more!!

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alrobbins's Review

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This was my first raw recipe. My kids and husband are now convinced!

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Ahhh, love hearin' this! :)

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I dont have maple syrup. is honey a good replacement? I have raw honey or liquid manuka honey.
Thank you abd I cant wait to make them!!

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Hi Juliana! Yes, honey or agave nectar would be just fine :)

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this recipe looks very good , however maple syrup is not raw it is cooked. even if you were to get your hand on raw maple syrup it would'nt taste very good.

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Hi Carlie! What is your preferred raw sweetener? Do you use agave nectar?

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So awesome! I wasn't sure how to make them into stacks without them falling apart, so I put them in muffin pans instead.

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Good idea, Haley. I'm glad you enoyed them!

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My absolute quick go to chocolate fix. Thank you for wonderful recipes :-)

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You are welcome, Solvej! :)

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These are sooo good! I'm in love!!

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Glad to hear it, Stacey! :)

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These are delicious. I made them for a treat so my nephews have something sweet and good to eat on their ride home.
I rolled mine in cacao for extra decadence.

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Ahh, nephew-approved! That's awesome, Robin! :)

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HI..I am not a fan of coconut oil(find the taste too strong)is there any thing else I could use instead?
love your recipes... thanks so much :))))))

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Hi Deborah,

No sorry, there is no easy sub for coconut oil in this recipe.

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I was wondering if I could use raw coconut oil melted as I know that it comes in liquid too but I'd rather melt it. I think the raw coconut oil should work well even when it solidifies later right? What do you think?

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Hi Becca! Usually the consistency of the oil actually depends on the temperature - if its warm when you buy it, it's liquid :) Either is fine.

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These look sooo good! I am going to try making them tomorrow. :) can I substitute coconut nectar for the maple syrup?

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I've never used coconut nectar myself, but if it is similar to agave nectar/maple syrup/honey in terms of sweetness then it'll be fine, Sylvea

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Hi love your site!! What about using brown rice syrup for these? thank you!!

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Hi Linnea, I have never used it and it isn't considered raw, but I am sure it would work out well if the general sweetness is similar to honey or maple syrup as a sweetener

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Also- do I use sweetened coconut or unsweetened? As you can tell I'm new to this- haha

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Unsweetened Linnea :)

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I am allergic to maple syrup, can I use agave instead?

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Yes, you sure can Jacqueline :)

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sofiya's Review

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I've been eating these for months!!! Extremely easy to make (I double the recipe each time I make them and leave the rest in the freezer). Delish!!! And I know what's in it! :) Thank you soooooo much for sharing this recipe.

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Awesome Sofiya! Very wise to double so you'll have many for those rainy days when a sugar fix hits!

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Indigo's Review

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This is my new favorite dessert! Made them for the fam, and everyone loved it. thank you for this easy, delish recipe!! Its changed my life.

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Hugs Indigo! I do it for you :)

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cj's Review

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Super simple and super delicious! I couldn't make nice looking haystacks, so I just pressed the mixture into a mini cupcake pan lined with colorful mini cupcake liners. It made for a great presentation and the haystacks were a hit with my family!

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Genius CJ! Love the idea of the mini cupcake liners! Glad they were a hit :)

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Josie's Review

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I started eating this before freezing too ;). I think this recipe (pre-freezing) would be amazing as chocolate syrup for ice cream or maybe some other kind of 'frosting'-like dessert drizzle :)

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Hi Josie, So glad it worked out well for you! These are tasty little sweet thingies, aren't they? They are in my regular rotation. Totally agree about the dessert drizzle idea! you've got my creative juices flowing

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These are delish! I added chia seeds too. I worked out that they are about 110 kcal each does that sound about right?

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Hi Amelia, I am not sure about the calories, but I love your idea of adding a few chia seeds for extra nutritional value.

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John Montalto's Review

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Made it for the first time today. Quick, easy and killer! Much cheaper to make raw chocolate than to buy it ;)

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Definitely John! Sometimes I buy luxurious home made raw chocolate at a farmer's market in Halifax Nova Scotia. Is it very good, but not so nice on the pocket book! Plus, it's nice to be able to make it yourself when the craving hits, right? :)

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Raquel's Review

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Oh my yumness!! Super good, super simple, and super quick! So good if your craving something sweet right now! Love love love it!

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Love it Raquel!

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P.S This totally reminds me of the no bake cookies i craved so much when i was a kid! <3

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Hi Raquel -  I love them too - especially since they don't require any equipment to clean! I have been known to make these during a commercial break on TV lol

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Because of the way agave, honey, sugar and maple syrup affect the glycemic index, we are using Stevia or Xylitol for the most part. This change is VERY recent, so I'm kind of new at substitutions. Can you tell me about how much Truvia I would use for the recipe?

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Hi TexasGirl, I've never used Truvia, but I have used Stevia sweet drops. One thing to note is that sometimes it is not possible to do a straight substitution because, for example, honey might provide not only sweetness but a much needed liquid to balance out the recipe.

So, for example, in this recipe there is a 1/2 cup of maple syrup that provides both sweetness AND wetness that is integral to the recipe.

In this recipe, I cannot suggest a clear substitution.

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Is there a different oil you can use? I have some solid cold presses coconut oil...?!
Thank you!

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Hi Abigail, solid cold-pressed coconut oil is perfect. Coconut oil is basically the only oil that will work in this recipe. If yours is solid, just warm it up a bit and it'll melt

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I was so grateful to find this (simple, raw and delicious) recipe! I've been on an elimination diet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimination_diet) and while reintroducing chocolate today, I was limited as to what else could be in the recipe so this was perfect. Here is a quick overview of what I used due to ingredient availability and food restrictions:
2.5 C shredded coconut
1 C raw cocoa paste (didn't have raw cocoa powder - used less coconut oil as paste includes cocoa butter)
2.5 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 C maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (no alcohol allowed on elimination diet so essence was out)
1/4 tsp sea salt
Only difference was that cocoa paste had to be melted over bain marie (can also add coconut oil if it is solidified) before mixing in other ingredients. The added bonus is that the mounds don't melt as quickly out of the fridge/freezer due to lower coconut oil content.

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Hi Sorcha, thank you for sharing your tweaks! Comments like yours are what make this place great :) The more we know, the better our recipes will turn out!

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I tried this recipe and they were fantastic! The second time I made them I lowered the amount of coconut to one a half cups and added a cup of finely chopped pecans- I highly recommend trying with the added nuts as a way of switching it up:-)

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Hi  Candice - great way to switch it up! Nice tip and thank you for sharing it with us!

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These look yummy! What do you think about using freshly shredded coconut? Would I squeeze the moisture out? Thinking it might be too wet! I'm happy to experiment as I live in Bali Indonesia and the cost of coconuts are extremely cheap. Also replacing maple syrup with a local coconut syrup would work I think? Once again love your recipes. Congratulations on a great site!

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Hi Vanessa, Great questions - the one issue with fresh coconut is what you mentioned. They may be too wet! As for coconut syrup, yes that would be great instead as long as it is sweet enough

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Hi there
Can I substitute the cocoa for cacao? and also the maple syrup for agave nectar instead?
thanks

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Yes and yes, Claire :)

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I made these today and I only have one little problem with them....I Cant Stop Eating Them!!!!! :-)

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I made these today and I only have one little problem with them....I Cant Stop Eating Them!!!!! :-)

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Lol I have the same problem!!!

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that is amazing! I need to make more!!

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lol I agree! Get thee to the kitchen, Uma! lol

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I make them with organic agave. I have seen them made with part cacao, part carob. I don't like carob ever, so I skip it. Sometimes to save money I use part raw, organic cacao powder AND part organic, extra dark cocoa powder. I love extra dark chocolate, and these taste like that.

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Great tips Zennifer!

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Wow, tried these today and they were great!

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So glad you liked John!

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Hi, I was looking for a Raw recipe to take to a Raw Potluck that I will be attending this week and I am just wondering what the yield is on this recipe so I buy enough ingredients..thanks!

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Hi Jess, these are pretty rich. I can't remember exactly but it might make 10 - 14 haystacks, and maybe you could budget 2 haystacks per person. So that gives you some idea of yields

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These are my new favorite raw dessert! I love coconut, so I knew they'd be right up my street. However, I seem to be eating 1-2 golf ball sized haystacks everyday, so I'm now concerned that I might be consuming too much coconut fat! What do you think? Anyway, thanks for the great recipe!

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Haha yep, I hear ya! But everything in moderation. It definitely depends what else you are eating. If you are generally eating well, lots of greens, lots of lovely fresh fruit and veg, I think you'll be just fine. :)

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Our family really enjoyed these. Simple and delicious!

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Rose, simple and delicious is the best compliment you could give :) Thanks for your note! Glad you enjoyed these.

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OMG Laura Jane, this is maybe my favorite recipe of yours!!!! You are a genius!

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Lynsie :)

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love this! and even better, my fiance did too! Just curious - why is there salt in it? Can I take it out completely? I halved it when I made it and it tasted awesome! I used himalayan sea salt... is that okay? Amazing straight out of the freezer...

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Hi Michelle, salt brings out the flavours! Glad it worked well for you halved - Himalayan sea salt is good

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Just got my 60 year old dad to switch to my raw food diet, and he is absolutely addicted to these! Thanks for the great recipes!

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You go, Gina girl! Dads are hard to get on-board so well done  Gina!

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Have just stumbled onto this site via a friend & I'm sooo inspired!
I am in my own with 3 kids (2 diagnosed recently with ADHD & have been looking for simple, basic healthy recipes (few & far between).
These hay stacks were amazing & I've just made the banana cream pie which will no doubt be just as awesome!
Thanks so much! You've just improved our diets, health & my sanity 100% :)

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Your note just made my day. This is why I do what I do. xox

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Just made this delicious sweet treat whilst holding my 7 month old little lady... So easy and so delicious!

Thank you!

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Jacaleen, that is an adorable mental picture :) I know, I love this one cause it doesn't require any special equipment... which means you don't have to wash up much afterwards :) Love a 7mo baby. Soooo cuddly!

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These are AMAZING! Thank you... Can't wait to try more of your recipes :) sweet craving fixed and I don't feel bad for giving in to it... Yum!

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AMAZING I am making batches every couple of days for my family and I. Definitely satisfies the sweets craving without all the nasties you will find in conventional candy. THANKS xo

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So glad you and your family are enjoying these Lizzie! I love them too

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I wanted to try this recipe, but my cold pressed coconut oil which is only a few months old has developed a funny smell, & a bit grey looking. Was expensive to buy can i use it? Has always been stored at room temperature. Was I supposed to keep it in the fridge? I didn't think it would go bad this quickly, expiry date is 2014.

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Hi Uzzy, now that is interesting. I have never experienced that - generally my coconut oil is good for a really long time, and I do not refrigerate it (I just keep it in my pantry away from sunlight). If you really think it's funky then chuck it, but I am curious to know if you warm it up whether it liquifies normally and the discoloration goes away? Certainly, coco oil does turn white and harden when cool, but then it will go back to normal when warmed

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Hi Laura-Jane, I melted the oil it had black slimy bits in it, strained it. Gone white and firm and the discolouration has gone, but that smell is still there. Don't know what those bits where.
I won't use it for cooking. Maybe I'll use it for my dry scalp.

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Strange! Best to be safe and not use for cooking, I agree

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I had this happen once. Just kept it too long. It wasn't worth keeping. I totally lost my taste for the virgin coconut oil when that happened and I tried to use it in a recipe. I really think it was rancid. Your nose will tell you. I now use the expeller pressed, which if it's a good brand like Tropical Traditions, is still very healthy, though not technically raw.

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I have many raw organic cacao beans. Can I crush these into a powder to use the raw cocoa powder? Or is that powder sweetened?

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Hi Gina, no, the powder is not sweetened. However, I don't think you will be able to easily grind it properly.

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I'm new to raw. Where can I find raw cocoa powder (and other raw items for that matter)? Thanks!

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Hi Elizabeth, it's easiest to find truly raw food online. I have some suggested items and links here: http://www.therawtarian.com/recommended-raw-food-appliances-and-specialt...

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These are so easy and delicious. I can't wait for 1/2 hour to try them cold. Thank you!

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I always nibble a bit while waiting. We're human!

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Can Hershey's Cocoa Unsweetened powder be used for this recipe?

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Yes Amy, I don't see why not - the powder is probably not truly raw but the recipe will still turn out well

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Delicious! Even my husband loves them! I too, prefer totally raw. What I did was to use agave instead of maple syrup with a few drops of maple flavoring. Absolutely wonderful! Thanks for your website! I recommend it to everybody!

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That sounds like an awesome substitution Ronda. 

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Can the maple syrup be replaced with raw honey?

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I haven't tried this recipe with honey yet, but since honey is sweeter than maple syrup I would reduce the amount a bit

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Oh my Lord - these are delicious! The coconut oil make them so rich and utterly decadent! Yummy :)

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I am so glad you like them, Kat! Pretty easy, huh? Did you eat them right out of the freezer?

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Ridiculously easy! I ate them before I froze them and after :D

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You and me both, my friend! Lol Kat

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Is it ok to serve toddler (raw cocoa powder)

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Perhaps you could try with carob instead :)

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Is using the carob as a chocolate sub an equal exchange?

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Hi Nicole, since carob has a weaker flavor than cocoa you could maybe add 1.5 times more carob. Example: 1 cup cocoa = 1.5 cups carob

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