A Healthier Version of Rocky Road

Ann-Kristin Afflerbach provides us with a healthier recipe for Rocky Road that will help us satisfy those cravings and watch out for our health at the same time.

When I first came to Scotland and went to a café with my friends, I decided to try a delicious looking treat called Rocky Road. I had never had anything like it back at home in Germany and I realised that I had missed out on such a delightful dessert. Being back in Germany now, I have yet to find a shop that sells proper Rocky Road bars, so I have decided to try and make my own instead. However, they are not the healthiest of treats, so I came up with a recipe on my own. I substitute some of the ingredients with healthier alternatives and will suggest some options for even healthier versions of this delicious treat!


-          3 bars of dark chocolate (for a healthier swap, see below methods)

-          80g soft dried apples

-          about 6-8 wholegrain or oatmeal cookies

-          a handful of pumpkin seeds

-          optional: a handful of sultanas

-          optional: a handful of pomegranate seeds to sprinkle on top


1.      Melt the chocolate slowly.

2.      Meanwhile, chop the dried apples and cookies in chunks of different sizes. The apples will be the substitute for marshmallows, and they will give a fruity touch to the bars.

3.      Mix the chopped dried ingredients and combine with about 2/3 of the melted chocolate, then pour the mixture in a baking tin lined with parchment paper.

4.      Pour the remaining 1/3 of the chocolate on top and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds – they’re a little extra and work really nicely with the chocolate.

5.      Place the mixture in the fridge until solid, cut it into bars, and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.


A healthier swap for the chocolate: Most of the times, I would swap the chocolate for dates. Just put some pitted dates in a food processor and pulse until you have a uniform mass. Then proceed with the recipe as with the chocolate. For the pictures, I used chocolate since I just moved away for university and don’t have access to a food processor anymore – but sometimes you also just have to treat yourself.

Basically, you can throw everything that you still have in your pantry together to make these Rocky Road bars. I like soft dried apples because they have the same feeling as marshmallows, but other dried fruits would also work fine. For the crunch, I like wholegrain cookies, but you could also easily use rolled oats or some granola.


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