This healthy sugar free rocky road is a quick and easy snack or dessert recipe which takes less than five minutes to whip up! Unlike traditional rocky road, it contains no marshmallows, sugar or butter but tastes incredible! Naturally gluten free and vegan and comes with a tested dairy free and paleo option!
Let’s talk about the time I asked Niki to buy rocky road ingredients.
Rocky road was ALWAYS the treat or dessert recipe we’d bring to family gatherings or to our friend’s place whenever we had dessert duty OR we were lazy.
Honestly speaking, it was definitely the latter.
This one time, we had to go to our family friend’s house for a bbq and we were given dessert duty. Mum was busy working all week so instead of her coming home and whipping up her infamous trifle (You guys, it’s amazing. Go to Australia and get her to make it for you), we decided to be angelic kids and have it all sorted for her.
I bet she regrets it now.
I was at university in the morning so didn’t have a chance to hit the shops. I messaged Niki and asked her to pick up the basic ingredients for rocky road- Good quality dark chocolate, marshmallows and peanuts. I arrived home to Niki vegged out in front of the TV watching One Tree Hill AGAIN. I saw a plastic bag which the supermarket logo and was satisfied- She did the one task I asked her……until I looked in the bag.
“Niki…Why didn’t you buy what I asked you to?”
“I did. Well, I bought better stuff.”
“Niki, you bought a kit kat, chocolate covered raspberries and ferrero rochers. How is that anything I asked you?”
“Melt the kit kat, add the chocolate covered raspberries and crush up the ferrero rochers. They are pretty mixed nuts but in a chocolate ball form. Raspberries are pink like pink marshmallows.”
….I seriously don’t understand how her brain works sometimes.
It was too late for me to go back to the store and get the proper ingredients so I took my chance and melted the kit kat over the stove and added the chocolate raspberries and Ferrero rocher chocolates. I can confidently say that it tasted absolutely delicious.
I can confidently say that it tasted absolutely delicious.
I can confidently say that it looked like Cinderella’s stepsisters in saccharine form.
As expected, en route to the dinner party, we picked up a cake and Niki got the blame for the lack of homemade goods. However, we certainly did enjoy the faux rocky road so I guess there was some merit to all of it. To this day, I still don’t understand her reasoning.
When my friends at Blue Diamond suggested a recipe idea to bring to potlucks or family gatherings, I remembered that particular event. While Niki’s version of rocky road was certainly delicious, it wasn’t a particularly good choice to enjoy on a consistent basis and let’s face it- Was visual punishment to look at. I wanted to give
I wanted to give rocky road a healthy twist which could be brought to all festive events or to have on hand to snack on anytime- Enter- Healthy Sugar Free Rocky Road!
This healthy sugar free rocky road could not be any easier to whip up and will be a hit at your next gathering- You can’t tell it’s healthy! Unlike traditional rocky road, the base uses sugar free chocolate and doesn’t contain marshmallows, butter or oil to form! I chose to add these Lightly salted Blue Diamond almonds (which paired SO well with the chocolate), along with unsweetened cranberries for some tang and color. Depending on which chocolate you choose, it’s not only sugar-free, gluten free and vegan, but it can also be paleo and dairy free. This base can also be adapted to add other fun add-ins like other dried fruits, but not raisins.
HACK! The original base uses this sugar free chocolate and while delicious, I wanted my paleo and dairy free friends to be in on this action too. As such, I made a version using these chocolate chunks which came out perfectly. This also works with this dark chocolate but note- It’s VERY rich and not sweet at all- It would be perfect if your add-ins are on the sweeter side! Also, for some honey loving flavor, Blue Diamond’s honey roasted version would be on point!
Make this healthy sugar free rocky road and be the king of your next gathering…unless you got Niki to do your ingredient shopping for you.
Healthy Sugar Free Rocky Road
- 2 cups chocolate chips/chunks
- 1/2 cup Blue Diamond slightly salted almonds
- 1/4 cup dried unsweetened cranberries Can sub for any dried fruits
- Sea salt to top
- Coat a baking dish or cake pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your chocolate completely or as directed.
- While still warm, stir through the nuts and cranberries until fully combined. Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish or cake pan and refrigerate until firm.
- Once firm, top with sea salt and using a slightly damp sharp knife, cut into rough chunks.
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Are you a fan of rocky road?
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I love Rocky Road because I love the sound of the words so much. Strange reason, I know. I use dried cranberries and almonds in my recipe, too. And dried apple as a marshmallow substitute. I am very drawn to using the salted almonds and adding a little sea salt. I’ll try this next time.
OH DRIED APPLES!!! What a good idea!
Oh holla at me, chocolate almond cranberry goodness! These look BOMB.
🙂 Thanks Jess!
I’ve never had rocky road before, but I would TOTALLY add raisins to this 😉
You need to try it- It’s so good!
This looks awesome. I love those almonds too… may favorite!
Thank you! I must say, I have OD’d on them just a little bit. 🙂
The sea salt on top is the perfect touch, although I’d probably unhealthify these and go with milk chocolate or even better white chocolate.
Haha go for it- Nothing wrong with milk or white chocolate!
I can’t believe this is sugar free! Rocky road is my all time favourite chocolate <3
Darrell Lea has my heart.
So funny- I just got home from a trip to Australia, and I thought it was so weird there were cherries in the rocky road ice cream there! Have you noticed American rocky road has no cherries? 🙂
I love Nicki stories.
Unfortunately, I can have no sugar related to cane! So I cannot use the chocolate chunks as they contain cane juice! This is my issue when trying to make a good treat that doesn’t require freezing or refrigeration. There are no chocolate chips made with any natural sugars (which I can have btw). Ugh!
Sorry to hear that, Marian! Hope you find something here which works well with your lifestyle! 🙂