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Haystacks – Healthier Version


Sticky Bits

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ⅔ cup of milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    You can not vary these ingredients!

Floury Bits

  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • ½ cup wheat bran
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
    – Replace large flake oats with any other variety of flakes or mixture.
    – Replace wheat bran and/or with oat bran, ground flax or ground nuts.

Lumpy Bits

  • 2 cups total nuts, seeds and/or fruit
    Such as: unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, pepitas, raisins, dried cranberries, dates, chopped apricots, dried blueberries, and almonds.


  • In a large saucepan, bring Sticky Bits, except vanilla to a boil over medium heat, whisking until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
  • Stir in Floury Bits and Lumpy Bits.
  • Drop by heaping 1 tablespoon onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  • Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  • Let stand at room temperature until dry, about 2 hours.

Note: You can make seasonal versions of these for Christmas or Halloween by replacing the Lumpy Bits with appropriate candy or sprinkles.