rocky road

Growing up, Rocky Road was my absolute favourite thing to eat. I could honestly eat it all day, every day. It’s something I loved to buy, but also loved making at home. It’s such a quick dessert to make, and I love how simple it is to prepare, especially as there’s very little cooking required. Of course, the traditional version of rocky road is quite different from the recipe I make for myself now.. Because in my recipe, I make it vegan and like to fill the chocolate with healthier options like nuts and dried fruit – but I promise you, it’s still delicious like the original!

For this recipe, I like to use date nectar to sweeten the chocolate. The flavour of this syrup has much more depth than other sweeteners, and it really compliments the dried fruit and bitterness of the cocoa. I haven’t used date syrup in many dishes before this recipe, but since using it in this, I’ve really started to fall in love with it! It tastes amazing.

To give the mixture its rocky road texture, I used a mixture of puffed brown rice, puffed quinoa, brazil nuts, goji berries, medjool dates and raisins. The texture is definitely one of the most important parts of rocky road, and together, these ingredients really give the recipe a perfect blend of soft and crunchy textures.

This recipe is one of my favourite treats to make over the weekend, or whenever I’m craving something chocolatey! I love storing a batch in my fridge, so I know I can just grab a slice for whenever I’m feeling like I need a slice.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

rocky road

makes about 10 squares


3/4 cup (130g) cocoa butter

1/4 cup + 2tbsp (50g) cocoa powder

2 tbsp cacao powder

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp (90ml) date nectar

1/4 cup (10g) puffed brown rice

1/4 cup (7g) puffed quinoa

1/3 cup (60g) brazil nuts

2 tbsp goji berries

2 tbsp raisins

5 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped

pinch salt



  1. Firstly, make the chocolate mixture. Add the cocoa butter into pan, and place it onto a low-medium heat to melt. When it has melted, remove it from the heat and add in the cocoa powder, cacao powder and salt. Stir it together until smooth. Next, add in the date nectar and stir it together again until smooth.
  2. Now, place the puffed brown rice and puffed quinoa onto a baking tray, and add it into the oven for about 30 seconds or so to crisp up (it happens quickly, so check it every 10 seconds to stop it from burning). Then, remove it from the oven, and pour it into the chocolate mixture, followed by the brazil nuts, goji berries, dates and raisins. Stir everything together.
  3. Next, line a small loaf tin with baking parchment, and pour in the mixture. Then, move it into the freezer to set for about 30 minutes. When this is done, move it into the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then, remove it from the fridge, slice, and serve.

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20 thoughts on “rocky road

  1. These could have been the healthiest rocky road I have ever seen. A great job, Harriet.

    1. Thank you so much Angie! 🙂

  2. I love that you have made a healthier version of this. My husband is obsessed with it, and would eat it by the bucket load.

  3. It’s so funny! Whenever i start thinking of something, I start seeing tons of recipes for it! Like rocky road! Even though I don’t think I’ve ever actually had anything rocky road (maybe ice cream, but I can’t remember!)
    But I do love that you nixed the traditional marshmallows (hahaha, now I don’t have to find a sub!)

  4. This sounds delicious, I love the addition of brazil nuts in there – you’re making me hungry!

  5. Harriet, this is probably the only way I’d eat goji berries! Your rocky road looks glorious! What a fabulous dessert and so healthy too! I saw date syrup at this South Asian store I frequent, wasn’t sure how it tasted and didn’t get it but since you gave it rave reviews the next time I’m there, I’m picking some up for sure!

    1. Thank you so much Shashi!!! I love date syrup – I’ve been using it so much at the moment. I can’t wait to use it in more recipes 🙂 let me know if you try it! <3

  6. A healthier version of rocky road? Yes, please! Pinning!

  7. This makes the traditional rocky road look flat out boring. I love all the puffed cereal and fruit addtions, and I especially love how dark and rich the chocolatey part looks. It only took me one bottle of date syrup to fall in love with that stuff as a sweetener too! I wish it was easier to find, I’d be using it all the time.

  8. So sad.. there are chocolaty things that I can remember what they taste like (before I developed an allergy to cocoa), but rocky road isn’t one of them. Now that I think about it, I can’t even recall if I ever tried it when I was little! Now I’m totally pouting over here because this looks delicious, Harriet! I’ll have to make this for the hubster and stare in jealousy as he scarfs it down! 😉 Cheers, dear!

  9. My stomach is growling Harriet! You did it again, created another delicious recipe that I can’t wait to try. I’ve never worked with date nectar, I am a big fan of puffed quinoa but I’ve never tried puffed brown rice, I’m really looking forward to this one. 🙂

  10. sounds like a delicious yet healthier version of rocky road!

  11. Wow! This is the healthier and most delicious rocky road I have ever seen, Harriet. Addition of puffed quinoa is a genius idea!

  12. Harriet, these are gorgeous!! They look so chocolatey and amazing and I love the crispy factor you added with the rice cereal and brazil nuts! Nuts and chocolate are one of my favorite combos and these have me drooling!! Great recipe!

  13. First, these sound fantastic and I love that you used brazil nuts!! I just bought two more bags to restock the other day! And second, how have I never used date nectar before? I need to keep my eye out for that!

  14. wow these look so amazing! My first thought when I saw these was chopping them up and topping them on some banana ice cream – that sounds so good!

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