Healthy Rocky Road
Gluten Free | Vegan | Refined sugar free
My ‘healthy rocky road’ is the perfect balance of sweet and savoury, achieved with wholesome ingredients and naturally sweetened with dates, rice malt syrup and goji berries. The nutrient dense Christmas treat is packed with antioxidants and good fats, keeping you super satisfied. It’s super easy to make with no mixer or oven required. I like to wrap up the rocky road in cellophane bags with cute ribbon and give it as part of family Christmas gifts. Nothing better than home baked goods made with extra love during the festive season!
Healthy tip: Indulge in the rocky road, but don’t over indulge.
Makes 12 large slices
¾ cup dates, pitted
½ cup almonds, chopped
½ cup macadamias, chopped
½ cup pistachios
1 cup puffed rice
½ cup buckwheat
½ cup goji berries
½ cup flaked coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup rice malt syrup, melted
½ cup cacao powder
Line a 30cm x 20cm baking tray with baking paper.
Chop the nuts and dates into chucky pieces, then place into a large mixing bowl. Add the puffed brown rice, buckwheat, goji berries, coconut, seeds and salt. Mix thoroughly.
Transfer ½ of the rocky road mixture into the baking tray (Image 1).
To make the ‘chocolate’, place the coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a small microwavable bowl and place into the microwave to melt. Stir in the cacao powder until a smooth consistency is reached.
Pour the chocolate mix over the ingredients in the baking tray and mix through to ensure the ingredients are covered.
Sprinkle the remaining rocky road mixture into the tray and push the ingredients into the tray with a clean spoon or your hands. You don’t want to completely disperse them into the mixture, as you want to be able to see the colourful ingredients on top!
I threw a few additional goji berries, pistachios and coconut ontop for a pop of colour.
Place the tray in the freezer to set for 45- 60 minutes.
Remove the tray from the freezer and slice into 12 large pieces.
The flaked coconut is more aesthetically pleasing than shredded coconut, but you could use either for this recipe.
If you don’t have buckwheat, puffed rice or goji berries already handy at home, they can be found in the health food isle or baking section of your local supermarket.
This rocky road keeps in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 2 weeks.