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 :)
Makes 12+ squares (depending on size)
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 :)
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 :)