Healthy rocky road slice Vegan

This healthy rocky road slice is a delicious chocolate bar filled with nourishing nuts, dried cranberries and homemade popcorn. A healthy twist to the favorite rocky road candy bars, 100% vegan and gluten-free.


What are rocky road bars?

Rocky road bars are crunchy thick chocolate bars filled with peanuts and chewy pieces of marshmallows. Rocky road bars are very popular in Australia and New Zealand while in the US, rocky road is generally sold as an ice cream. The origin of these delicious bars is believed to be as a way for bakers and sweet shops to sell confectionery that had spoiled in the long trip from Europe to Australia. Coating it in chocolate and mixing it with fresh nuts was covering the taste of the spoiled cherries!


How to make a healthy rocky road slice recipe?

Healthy vegan rocky road are made of nourishing wholesome ingredients and homemade chocolate. They don’t contains marshmallow but instead use chewy cereals and dried fruits. They are vegan, gluten-free and made with simple staple ingredients. Let see what you need to make a healthy rocky road slice at home.

  • Coconut oil or half coconut oil an half cocoa butter – while cocoa butter is expensive, it makes the best tasty homemade vegan chocolate. Also, refined coconut oil is the best here to avoid coconut flavor in your chocolate.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Peanut butter or almond butter for healthy fat.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Popcorn – it’s a natural way to add a chewy texture to the bars without using store-bought marshmallows.
  • Dried cranberries or dates pieces – they add natural sweetness and extra chewy texture.
  • Nuts – use any nuts you like but roasted almonds and macadamia nuts bring out the best flavor.


A healthy vegan treat to snack on!

If you crave chocolate bars, this rocky road bar recipe is a great way to fix it. It tastes like chocolate fudge with crunchy and fudgy filling. Plus, it’s a very fulfilling snack that brings you healthy plant-based proteins from nuts and cereals – especially if you are using puffed quinoa or amaranth. There are also plenty of healthy additions you can make to these rocky road slices like hemp seeds, sunflower seeds or chia seeds – customize them to your taste!


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Healthy rocky road bars

A crunchy homemade chocolate bar filled with nuts, dried cranberries and popcorn
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian, New-Zealand
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: easy no bake desserts, healthy desserts, healthy rocky road slice, healthy vegan desserts, no bake desserts, no bake vegan dessert, raw baking, vegan desserts, vegan recipes
Servings: 16 squares
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Carine
4.8 from 24 votes


Vegan Dark chocolate recipe


  • 1/2 cup Macadamia nuts - or roasted hazelnuts or nuts of your choice
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/3 cup Cranberries - or chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup Popcorn - Homemade, or 1 1/2 cup puffed quinoa or puffed amaranth or puffed spelt or puffed rice
  • 1 cup Desiccated coconut


  • Line a 9 inches x 6 inches tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, under low heat, melt the coconut oil with maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter. When the mixture is smooth, stir in the unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Remove from heat and stir in all the filling ingredients. You can add more popcorn or puffed cereals depending on your taste. Popcorn are bigger than puffed cereals so you usually need less of it.
  • Transfer the mixture onto the prepared pan
  • Freeze 10 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
  • Cut into 16 bars and store in the fridge up to 5 days, in an airtight container.


Paleo grain free options: replace the puffed cereals with extra nuts or seeds
Keto option : use sugar-free monk fruit sweetener instead of maple syrup. Replace dried fruits by pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds and replace puffed cereals by extra macadamia nuts


Serving: 1square | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg


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