Monday, 2 September 2013

Healthier Rocky Road

My dad LOVES rocky road. At least we think he does. Regardless, buying dad rocky road for his birthday, Easter and Christmas has become a tradition, which was not to be ignored last Sunday when we celebrated Father's Day.

Dad lives 3 hours drive away from my sister and me, so seeing him is an exciting occasion. When he drives up to see us we always organise a memorable outing/activity to ensure his travels are well worth it.

On Sunday when he came up for Father's Day I planned a bush walk and picnic around the gorgeous Lake Parramatta-a hidden gem in Sydney's West.





And in keeping with tradition, for the picnic I made daddy a healthier version of his beloved rocky road. I am using the word 'healtheir' rather then healthy as this is still a treat that should be eaten in moderation. This recipe can be made very simple if you are happy to use store bought marshmallows. However for a paleo friendly version you will need to invest a little more time and effort and make them from scratch! I followed the marshmallow recipe from The Urban Poser which worked a treat! By using marshmallows made from unrefined sugars, very dark chocolate and no biscuit, you get a healthier version of rocky road that anyone can enjoy, both chocoholics and health conscious people alike :)





Healthier Rocky Road
Makes 12+ squares (depending on size)

Ingredients

200g (7oz) very Dark Chocolate (I used Lindt 85% cocoa solids)
2 tbsp granulated stevia (this is optional and is only needed if 85% cocoa chocolate is too dark for your taste)
1 tbsp coconut oil
200g (7oz) refined sugar free marshmallows, recipe here or use store bought
3/4 cup craisins
1/2 shaved coconut, toasted
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, either kept whole or chopped in half
1 cup nuts of choice (I used almonds/cashews/Brazil nuts), pulsed in a food processor until they resemble large granules
Optional: If you're happy eating grains I have also made a batch that used 1/2 cup less granulated nuts and added puffed millet/buckwheat instead, which was equally yummy :)

Instructions

1.Oil and line a brownie/slice pan with baking paper. You want one that is around 20 x 20cm (8 x 8 inch).

2. Place the chocolate, stevia if using and the coconut oil in a large heavy based saucepan and gently melt the chocolate over low heat. Add half the marshmallows and mix until they have become a hot gooey mess.

3. Once everything is melted, take the saucepan off the heat and fold through the craisins, coconut and nuts (and puffed grains if using), mixing until combined. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before folding through the remaining marshmallows, doing so very gently so that the marshmallows do not melt as we want these ones to remain whole!

4. Gently spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and by using the back of a spoon or spatula, gently press down on the mixture to even it out. Once even, place in the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours. When set, use the baking paper to lift the hardened block out of the pan and using a large sharp knife, cut into desired sized pieces. Your rocky road can now be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week :)



23 comments:

  1. My Dear, you look very much in shape! Glad to see some pics of you. I like your rocky road bars, they seems tasty and nutrient at the same time. When you do some physical activity it is not bad at all to get a few calories more!

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    1. Why thank you! I think its good when faces are put to blogs, makes them seem more real. And you are very right! After a 2 hour bushwalk this healthy treat was very much needed ;)

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  2. Very tasty...you are SO talented :)

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  3. This is definitely a keeper! I would never thought that rocky road could have been healthy at all.you look so fit and fantastic!

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  4. What a great idea to make such a totally unhealthy item healthy! I love RR but it's so calorific so it's not a treat I have often-but now I can! :D

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    1. Thank you! I love healthifying recipes :)

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  5. This looks so good! I bet your dad will be asking for if year after year!

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    1. Yes he did love it although he the dark chocolate was a little too dark for his taste. But I told him thats what makes it healthy!

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  6. I love Rocky Road anything and these sound like so much fun to make. They look beautiful and delicious. I'm saving this recipe to try. Very unique way of preparing them. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love Rocky Road anything and these sound like so much fun to make. They look beautiful and delicious. I'm saving this recipe to try. Very unique way of preparing them. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I don't know any Dad's that don't love rocky road. I love your healthier make over of this treat.

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  9. Wow, this looks amazing and I love how it's a bar. I'm going to have to try my hand at making marshmallows

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    1. You should! Its really not that hard, just time consuming but well worth it :)

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  10. Looks like you guys had a great time! I can't believe you made your own marshmallows....respect! :) This rocky road sounds to die for!!

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  11. Haha! Your title made me curious as my son loves Rocky Road (trying to think how I can make that healthy!), and I actually LOVE this idea!!! It'll be great healthy snack for him in school! Thanks Brooke!

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  12. thats a sweet looking pumpkin pie Brooke! and i love your pictures, thanks for sharing :)

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