This healthy rocky road recipe is a delicious chocolate bar filled with nourishing nuts, dried cranberries, and homemade popcorn. A healthy twist to the favorite rocky road candy bars made with no mini marshmallow for no sugar added and 100% vegan and gluten-free.
This healthy rocky road recipe is naturally:
- Dairy free
- Gluten free
- High protein and fiber
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 ice cream.
The origin of these delicious bars is believed to be a way for bakers and sweet shops to sell confectionery 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!
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How to make a healthy rocky road slice recipe?
Healthy vegan rocky road slices are made of nourishing, wholesome ingredients and homemade chocolate. They don’t contain marshmallows 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/half cocoa butter – while cocoa butter is expensive, 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
- Dark chocolate – I used 85% dark chocolate by 70% works too. You can use sugar-free chocolate for a keto option
- Maple syrup or any liquid sweetener you like including sugar free liquid sweetener for a low-carb option
- Peanut butter or almond butter for less saturated fat
- Vanilla extract
- Puffed cereals like puffed spelt, puffed quinoa or 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
- Freeze dried raspberries for a crunch
Before you start, cover a square pan 8 ” x 8″ with slightly oiled baking paper.
Make the chocolate layer
First, in a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt coconut oil with peanut butter, dark chocolate, sweetener and vanilla extract.
You can also microwave ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
When the chocolate is smooth and melted, stir in the dry ingredients: nuts, puffed cereals, freeze dried raspberries, dried cranberries.
Pour the mixture over the prepared pan, spread with a silicon spatula and press well to bring the ingredients closely together.
Refrigerate the bar for 10 to 15 minutes or until chocolate is hard.
Cut into 16 squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. The bars soften at room temperature so always keep them in the fridge for best crunchy texture.
You can freeze rocky road for up to 3 months in zip bags. Thaw in the fridge the day before.
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.
You can also make plenty of healthy additions to these rocky road slices like hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, or chia seeds – customize them to your taste!
- Nut-free – you can swap the nuts for more puffed cereals and replace peanut butter by sun butter
- Keto rocky road option – use sugar-free dark chocolate and sugar-free syrup. For the filling focus on low-carb nuts and seeds including macadamia nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peanuts.
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Healthy Rocky Road Bars
- Line a 9-inch x 6-inch or 8 " x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Slightly oil the paper. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, under low heat, melt the dark chocolate, peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla When the mixture is smooth, remove from heat.
- 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 - in cups!
- Transfer the mixture onto the prepared pan and press with the back of a silicon spatula to spread and flatten evenly.
- Freeze 15 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
- Cut into 16 bars and store in the fridge for up to 5 days, in an airtight container.