Here is a ridiculously easy chocolatey dessert recipe that you can customize based on what you have available. This recipe was adapted from one off of the lid of my Smucker’s Natural peanut butter. I was waiting for my bread to toast when I saw it and thought, hey, I want that.
It took me all of five minutes to mix up the ingredients and spoon them out onto a dish; then I let it set in the fridge for a half hour and they were ready to devour.
I used peanut butter, almonds, semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cranberries and vanilla bean paste but you could switch out any of those ingredients and still have something delicious. For example : nutella or almond butter instead of peanut butter, white chocolate chips, dried apricots (cut up into small pieces), almond extract, etc.
I recently purchased this Norpro 2-tablespoon stainless steel scoop and it is amazing. It makes life so much easier not having to battle batter with multiple spoons. And no one is paying me to say so.
This recipe makes about a half dozen haystacks, good enough for two people, but you can multiply ingredients to make more if you wish. You will probably need to adjust the microwave time a bit if you make more. Just microwave chocolate chips in 30 second intervals and stir until they’re smooth.
Chocolate Almond Haystacks
|Prep time||35 minutes|
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (cranberries or cherries work well)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
|1.||Microwave chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave an additional 15-25 seconds to finish melting chocolate, stir again.|
|2.||Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract with chocolate. Then, mix in almonds and dried fruit.|
|3.||Spoon out about 2 tablespoons worth of mixture onto a plate or tray lined with parchment paper. Put in fridge to set chocolate, about 30 minutes.|