CHEF BLOG: Chef Denise's Haystacks 2.0


Growing up one of my favorite cookies was called a haystack, the recipe had lots of butter and sugar.  This new version of an old classic replaces the butter with coconut oil and the sugar with honey. It is a super easy recipe and can be stored in the freezer so when you get that sweet craving you can just grab one to satisfy. Hope you enjoy! - Chef Denise Allen-McMaster

# of servings: 

15-18 cookies 

Prep Time: 

10 minutes 

Cook Time: 

4 minutes 



  • ½ cup honey 

  • ¼ cup coconut oil 

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder 

  • ½ cup peanut butter 

  • 1tsp vanilla 

  • ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened 

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa 

  • ½ cup oatmeal 



  1. Bring honey, coconut oil, and cocoa to a boil. turn down heat and simmer 4 minutes. 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, coconut, quinoa and oatmeal. 
  3. Dollop cookie sized portions onto a lined cookie sheet. 

  4. Refrigerate or freeze until set, store in Ziploc bag or airtight container in fridge or freezer. 


  • Cooking quinoa-  1/3 of a cup plus 1tbsp of dry quinoa will equal 1 cup cooked