The ultimate cheats “bake” – it requires no baking and just minutes to make. The hardest part is resisting the delicious treat while it sets in the fridge! To welcome in the festive season, I’ve added a twist to the traditional rocky road recipe to make the ultimate, sensational vegan Christmas rocky road.
Traditional rocky road often involves at least a partial amount of milk chocolate. My ever-popular vegan rocky road also calls for dairy free milk chocolate – however, vegan milk chocolate is… well. Pricey. There’s no getting away from it – vegan rocky road is not as cheap to make when it requires both vegetarian marshmallows and dairy free milk chocolate.
So, what was my solution?
Ditch the milk chocolate. Yes, that’s right! My Christmas vegan rocky road is made from just dark chocolate. We add cacao butter or coconut oil to make it a little more creamy. Almond extract adds a seasonal, Christmas-edged dimension of flavour.
Instead of regular rich tea or digestive biscuits, I recommend something like ginger nuts or oaty biscuits – I use both! Almonds add crunch and tie in to the almond extract. Cranberries add a sweet festive flavour and the usual glace cherries and marshmallows make this an irresistible Christmas vegan delight. In fact, I bet nobody will even notice the lack of milk!
Stuck for Christmas gifts ideas? Vegan Rocky Road!
It’s the first place my brain went, to be honest. Well, after informing my OH that he was welcome to the rocky road in the fridge once I’d take a few photographs (it’s his favourite). Every year I love making gifts for my friends and family – it helps my frugal and my creative side come out! Last year I used some whiskey that we were never going to drink and added spices. Previous to that, I’ve supplied boxes of homemade biscuits, brownies and truffles.
This year, vegan rocky road might just feature under the trees of my loved ones. What do you think? Will you be making it this year?
Christmas Vegan Rocky Road
Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
Cranberries and almond flavouring give a wonderful Christmassy twist to this easy vegan rocky road.
- Prep: 5 minutes
- Cook: 3 hours
- Total: 3 hours, 5 minutes
- Yield 16
- Calories 202
- 300g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 50g cacao butter/coconut oil
- 1/2-3/4 tsp almond extract
- 4 tbsp (60g) golden syrup
- 70g glace cherries, rinsed, dried and halved
- 70g vegetarian marshmallows
- 50g almonds, roughly chopped
- 50g dried cranberries
- 80g vegan biscuits (I used 50/50 ginger nut biscuits and oaty biscuits), roughly chopped
- 25g dairy free white chocolate (optional)
- edible glitter (optional)
- Melt the dark chocolate and cacao butter, if using, together in a bain-marie or in 30 second bursts in the microwave. If using oil, add once the chocolate is melted.
- Stir in the almond extract and golden syrup.
- Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour over the melted chocolate mixture. Stir gently until well combined with the dry ingredients.
- Pour into the prepared tin and place in a fridge until set (mine takes at least three hours - usually I leave it overnight).
- Once set, melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the rocky road. Sprinkle over edible glitter and leave to set.
- One solid, slice into squares and serve. Keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for at least a week.
To make gluten free, simply use any gluten free biscuits