Raw Coconut Cacao ‘Haystacks’

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Today I was really missing my mom, the lucky lady who recently moved to Cabo to pursue a savvy lifestyle change. So I decided to use the lovely dish and tray set she gave me as a parting gift and make a (nearly) raw vegan version of one of her most amazing holiday cookies, the haystack.

I can’t wait for our next family gathering so I can knock my mom’s socks off with the vegan (raw! shh) version of her classic!

I used the base recipe from our Coconut Chunk Cookies, but made a few key adjustments. Please keep in mind that depending on the size of your banana, (there’s a joke in there somewhere) you may have to add more coconut or flax.

Ingredients: 12 medium cookies

2 ripe bananas

2 cups of coconut (shredded, unsweetened, unsulphured is best)

1/2 cup of ground flax seed

2 tsp cinnamon

3 medjool dates, de-pitted and chopped small

3 tbsp hemp hearts

2-4 tbsp of agave nectar depending on your sweet tooth  (skip if you’re ‘neu-raw-tic’…haha.. or make sure it’s unpasteurized)

1/4 cup of raw cacao ground to powder

2 tbsp raw cacao nibs (I used Navitas lightly sweetened and they were rad)

Roll little balls into cookies, press them into your desired shape, and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet or layer in a pyrex glass container. Set in the refrigerator for at least three hours. I actually freeze mine and the chilly chocolate treats last a lot longer.

These delights pair perfectly with tea and a patio in the early afternoon, or as a sweet offering to guests.

~The Vegan Project



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