Healthy-ish Rocky Road

Vegan Rocky Road that are free from dairy, egg, gluten & gelatine!

A healthier take on a classic rocky road with some extra nuttiness. These bars require no baking and they are dairy,gluten, egg, gelatine and artificial colouring/flavouring free. Naturally sweetened by dates, these healthy-ish rocky road bars are a perfect dessert or snack. They are super easy to make and require no skills in the kitchen.

I’ve been wanting to make a healthier version of rocky roads for a while but was struggling to find vegan marshmallows that were small enough to use. As you may be aware normal marshmallows contain pork gelatine so are not vegan. But if you are not a vegan you can use normal small marshmallows. I found these vegan marshmallows in Holland and Barrett https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/freedom-mallows-vegetarian-mini-pink-white-vanilla-marshmallows-60029158 plus they are 50/50 white and pink so make the bars nice and colourful.

make 16 square bars or 12 rectangular
Takes 2 hours

Ingredients
150g pitted dates
140g smooth peanut butter (use any nut butter of choice)
40g cacao powder
4 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
120g chopped nuts (I used a mixture of almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts)
75g mini marshmallows (I used freedom mallows)

Method
1. Soak your dates in boiling water to soften for 15 minutes. Then drain.
2. Add your dates and peanut butter into a food processor and blend on a low speed until a thick paste is formed. You may need to stop and scrape the sides down mid blend. If the paste is too dry add some water.
3. Add the salt,cacao powder and almond milk and blend again.
4. Empty mixture into a bowl and fold in your marshmallows and chopped nuts. I used my hands to do this.
5. In a 8″ x 8″ greased dish empty your mixture pressing down firmly.
6. Freeze until firm (I left mine in the freezer for 90 minutes).
7. Slice into bars before eating.

Notes
If your dish doesn’t have sides that come off, line your dish with greaseproof paper. This will make it easier to get the rocky road out.
The bars can be stored in fridge or freezer if you want to eat them when they are firmer.

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