I AM SO EXCITED to share with you my delicious recipe for a Vegan Rocky Road. This is the ultimate rocky road recipe. If you’re a fan of the classic chocolate and marshmallow combo, but looking for a vegan-friendly version, then you’ve come to the right place. With rich dark chocolate, vegan milk-chocolate, toasted nuts, vegan digestive biscuits, and fluffy vegan marshmallows, this Vegan Rocky Road is the perfect treat.
What Actually is a Rocky Road?
Rocky Road is a classic dessert that typically consists of chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. The dessert is usually made by melting chocolate and mixing it with mini marshmallows and chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or peanuts. The mixture is then poured into a baking dish and chilled until it sets.
The name “Rocky Road” is said to have originated during the Great Depression, when the mixture of chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts was a popular treat because it was inexpensive and easy to make. The name was meant to evoke the idea of a rough path or road, similar to the difficult economic times of the era, I guess.
This recipe is a vegan rocky road, a homage to the classic.
Do You Have Rocky Road in England?
We have the ROCKIEST Roads. We love cobbled streets. But yes, we do have Rocky Road, and, speaking on behalf of the country, we absolutely love them.
What Kind of Nuts are Used in Rocky Road?
Traditionally, Rocky Road is made with peanuts. However, other nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans are also commonly used. Some variations of the recipe may use a combination of different nuts to add more texture and flavour to the dessert.
When choosing nuts for Rocky Road, it’s important to consider the texture and taste you want to achieve. Peanuts have a crunchy texture and a slightly sweet, nutty flavour that works well with the chocolate and marshmallows. Almonds have a more subtle flavour and a slightly crunchy texture, while walnuts have a richer, buttery flavour and a softer texture. Pecans are also a popular choice for Rocky Road, with a sweet, nutty flavour and a slightly crunchy texture.
Are Marshmallows Vegan?
No, typically not. Most marshmallows out there contain Gelatin unfortunately. But I found me some amazing vegan mini marshmallows to use for this vegan rocky road that will blow your socks off!
But any vegan marshmallows will do – so don’t worry too much about finding the perfect brand.
What Makes This Vegan Rocky Road ‘Rocky’?
Great question, lots of ‘R’s’ – I like that. So this vegan rocky road recipe contains a good serving of toasted nuts (almonds, pistachios, brazil nuts, you name it). They, along with the vegan digestive biscuits make it pretty rocky, I guess?
Does Rocky Road Contain Egg?
Nope, not this one anyway! (but no, typically Rocky Road does not contain egg)
My Vegan Rocky Road Recipe
I wanted to go through each ingredient and explain what it adds to the Rocky Road. So, without further ado, here we go!
Vegan Dark Chocolate and Vegan Milk Chocolate: Chocolate is the star of the show in rocky road, providing that rich, indulgent flavour and texture. Dark chocolate is known for its high cocoa content, which means it has a more intense chocolate flavour and is often less sweet than milk chocolate. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, has a milder flavour and is usually creamier and sweeter. Both types of vegan chocolate in your recipe provide a delicious base for the rocky road – not too bitter, not too sweet… just perfect!
Vegan Butter: Butter is typically used in rocky road to help bind the ingredients together and provide a smooth, creamy texture. In this recipe, vegan butter is used as a substitute for regular butter, ensuring that the recipe is vegan-friendly.
Golden Syrup: Golden syrup is a thick, amber-coloured syrup that is commonly used in British baking. It has a sweet, slightly caramel-like flavour and a thick, sticky texture, making it perfect for binding the rocky road ingredients together. It’s also a vegan-friendly substitute for honey, which is often used in non-vegan recipes.
Vegan Digestive Biscuits: Digestive biscuits are a type of sweet biscuit commonly found in the UK. They are made with whole wheat flour and are often used in baking as a base for desserts like cheesecake. In this recipe, vegan digestive biscuits are used to add crunch and texture to the rocky road.
Vegan Mini Marshmallows: Marshmallows are a classic ingredient in rocky road, adding a soft, chewy texture and a sweet flavour. Vegan mini marshmallows are used in this vegan rocky road recipe to ensure that the rocky road is vegan-friendly. You could also cut up larger vegan marshmallows if you can’t find mini ones.
Toasted Nuts: Nuts are often added to rocky road to provide extra crunch and a nutty flavour. In this recipe, you’ve chosen to use toasted almonds, pistachios, and Brazil nuts, which are all great choices. Almonds are high in healthy fats and protein, pistachios are a good source of fibre, and Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium, an important nutrient for thyroid function.
Vegan Rocky Road
- 150 grams Vegan Dark Chocolate
- 100 grams Vegan Milk Chocolate
- 120 grams Vegan Butter
- 2.5 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 150 grams Vegan Digestive Biscuits
- 60 grams Vegan Mini Marshmallows (or cut up larger ones)
- 50 grams toasted nuts (almonds, pistachios and brazil nuts work nicely)
- Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie until smooth
- Once smooth, add the golden syrup and butter, then let it all melt together
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir so everything is coated
- Pour into a lined 8×8 tin and place in the fridge to set for approximately 3 hours (or the freezer for 15-20 minutes)
- Once solidified, slice into squares and enjoy!
Which Vegan Chocolate Did You Use?
I typically use Green & Blacks and/or Nomo Milk Chocolate, but it’s entirely up to you! Whatever you prefer really.
What’s the Difference Between Rocky Road and Heavenly Hash?
Rocky road and Heavenly Hash are both sweet treats made with a combination of chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts, but there are some differences between the two:
Texture: Rocky road is typically a chunky and crunchy mixture, while Heavenly Hash is usually a bit smoother and creamier in texture.
Chocolate: Rocky road is usually made with milk chocolate, while Heavenly Hash can be made with either milk or dark chocolate.
Nuts: Rocky road often includes peanuts or almonds, while Heavenly Hash typically uses pecans or walnuts.
Other ingredients: Rocky road may also include other mix-ins like cookies or coconut, while Heavenly Hash is usually just made with chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts.
Here Are Some Alternative Additions To Your Vegan Rocky Road
Looking for a more unusual rocky road recipe? Look no further, I’ve got you covered. Rocky road is a versatile recipe that can be customised with a variety of different ingredients to suit your tastes. Here are some unusual vegan rocky road ingredient ideas that you could try:
Dried fruit: Adding dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, or raisins can add a fruity, chewy texture to your rocky road.
Pretzels: Adding salty pretzels to your rocky road can create a delicious sweet and salty flavour combination.
Popcorn: Adding popped popcorn can add an unexpected crunch and texture to your rocky road.
Spices: Adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg can add warmth and depth of flavour to your rocky road.
Candied ginger: Adding candied ginger can add a spicy, sweet flavour to your rocky road.
Coconut flakes: Adding coconut flakes can add a tropical flavor and texture to your rocky road.
Peanut butter: Swirling in some vegan peanut butter can add a nutty, creamy texture to your rocky road.
Biscoff: Try my Biscoff Rocky Road recipe!
Remember to adjust the quantities of other ingredients as needed to accommodate the additional ingredients. Enjoy experimenting with different combinations until you find your perfect vegan rocky road recipe!