2 clever cooks | chocolate haystacks

i'm so pumped/excited/over-the-moon today.
two fellow calgarians, erin & dana, have now released their second cookbook 'more people friendly food,' a follow up to their first book 'people friendly food.'
this cookbook focuses on gluten-free & dairy free cooking and even includes a grain-free & super foods section.


i truly believe in supporting local whenever possible, whether it's going to the farmers market, choosing restaurants that buy from local producers, or giving a shout out to people who are making a go at it in the alberta food scene.  local is key.

and with so many people struggling with allergies today, to those who just choose to eat healthier and be mindful of what they put in their bodies.  these books are perfect.
erin & dana are creative geniuses in the kitchen.  finding ways to make meals wonderfully delicious while using good-for-you ingredients.
adaptable to people struggling with allergies of all types, yet flexible enough that you can substitute ingredients if they don't pertain to you. 

while thumbing through the cookbook i came across so many recipes that i have bookmarked and hope to have on my dinner table soon.
soon like now.

rosemary root vegetable mash
coconut curry salmon with cilantro pesto
mushroom potato rosti
blueberry almond pancakes
etc, etc.

but today it's all about chocolate.
chocolate haystacks.

a childhood favourite, revamped with better for you ingredients, so naturally you can eat more of them.


Chocolate Haystacks

2 cups coconut
2/3 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder, but won't be quite as nutritious)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

mix everything together in a food processor until combined (you can also do this by hand, but it comes together a little better in a food processor)
drop from a teaspoon onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm

yields: 2-3 dozen

thanks for letting me share this recipe ladies.
for more delicious recipes just like it, you can purchase a copy of both cookbooks either on-line or in select health food stores.
trust me, you'll want to!


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