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Vegan Christmas Rocky Road (Gluten-Free)

These Vegan Christmas Rocky Road are the ultimate festive no-bake recipe. They combine all the best Christmas flavours with classic rocky road goodness. They are naturally vegan, gluten-free and so easy to make.

I just love the start of December and I also love chocolate so what better way to celebrate December 1st then with these Vegan Christmas Rocky Road. They are so rich and chocolatey plus they have the richness from molasses which makes them taste just like Christmas. They are packed with everything you love.

Vegan Christmas Rocky Road with pretzel antlers
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road

What makes these Vegan Christmas Rocky Road so delicious?

These rocky road chocolate squares are bites of heaven. They are:

  • Rich and chocolatey
  • Naturally vegan and gluten-free
  • Moreish and melt-in-your-mouth
  • Full of Christmas flavour
  • Easy to make and no-bake
  • Packed with marshmallows, dried fruits, nuts and biscuits
  • Fun for all the family
  • A great festive dessert or snack

I hope you will love these as much as I do and want to dive straight into the recipe. If so, skip ahead to the recipe card or we will look at the ingredients and method a bit more.

Vegan Christmas Rocky Road close up
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road with ginger biscuits
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road

What ingredients go into these festive rocky road?

The base recipe is adapted from my Easy Vegan Chocolate Tiffins and also inspired by my Easy Vegan Rocky Road:

  • Vegan butter: this is just the best for a rocky road or tiffin as it means the base melts in your mouth and is so rich and delicious. You could also use vegan margarine spread and I have not tried coconut oil.
  • Maple syrup: for the sticky sweetness. This is not as heavy or rich as the molasses which balances it out nicely.
  • Molasses: for the pure Christmas flavour! It is so delicious and rich, a little goes a long way.
  • Dark brown sugar: this adds to the Christmas flavour but light brown, golden or white sugar will also work here.
  • Cocoa powder: or cacao powder for the double chocolate goodness.
  • Pinch of salt: this really brings out all the flavours.
  • Ginger biscuits: these are so great any time of year but work especially well with Christmas flavours. You can make your own Vegan Gingerbread or use gingernut-style cookies or biscuits. Other biscuits will also work here.
  • Vegan marshmallows: I just love adding marshmallows to my chocolate bars as it makes them so delicious and sweet. Make sure they are vegan-friendly. In the UK, my go-to brands are Dandies or Freedom Mallow.
  • Pecans: or you can use other nuts but I prefer pecans this time of year. You can swap these to seeds of extra biscuits/marshmallows/fruit to keep these nut-free.
  • Mixed dried fruits: I use the kind of dried fruits with peel that you’d use for mincemeat. This adds the really festive feel although you can use any dried fruits, chopped small.
  • Chocolate: as these Vegan Christmas Rocky Road are quite sweet, I like to use a dark chocolate but you can use your favourite chocolate here.
  • Coconut oil: this helps the chocolate not set so hard that it won’t crack as easily when you slice the slab into bars. It’s not essential but it really helps and makes the chocolate much richer.
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road face
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road

The method is very simple to follow, just be patient and allow the Vegan Christmas Rocky Road to set otherwise they will squish as you try to cut them.

How can I decorate these Vegan Christmas Rocky Road?

To make these into reindeer faces, I use melted chocolate to stick on the face parts:

  • Pretzels: for the antlers. Break pretzels in half to make the antlers.
  • Edible sugar eyes: buy these from shops.
  • Redcurrants: or larger red sprinkles or sweets for the nose.

How do I make these rocky road so neat?

The trick to slicing these neatly is to use a hot sharp knife and to allow the heat of the knife to slice though the slab rather than forcing the knife down. I boil the kettle, fill up a tall mug with hot water and dip my knife in for 10 seconds or so In between slices, making sure to wipe off the water with a tea towel (just be careful as the water is hot).

A bitten piece of Vegan Christmas Rocky Road
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road
Stack of three Vegan Christmas Rocky Road
Vegan Christmas Rocky Road

Are these chocolate bars gluten-free and nut-free?

These Vegan Christmas Rocky Road are easily gluten-free if you use biscuits free from gluten. To make these nut-free, swap the pecans for an equal amount of biscuits, dried fruits or marshmallows.

How long will these last for?

These are so good they will not last long in the house, but they do keep well in the fridge for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. I advise to decorate them before serving as the pretzels soften and may fall off over time.

These Vegan Christmas Rocky Road are a new festive favourite and I hope you will love them. If you are looking for more Christmas recipes, how about my:

Vegan Christmas Rocky Road (Gluten-Free)

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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These Vegan Christmas Rocky Road are the ultimate festive no-bake recipe. They combine all the best Christmas flavours with classic rocky road goodness. They are naturally vegan, gluten-free and so easy to make.

Ingredients

    For the Rocky Road:
  • 160g vegan butter
  • 70g maple syrup
  • 20g molasses
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 45g cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 125g ginger biscuits
  • 75g vegan marshmallows
  • 50g pecans
  • 100g mixed dried fruits with peel
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • To decorate:
  • Pretzels
  • Sugar eyes
  • Redcurrants
  • Melted chocolate

Directions

  1. Line an 8-inch square tray with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter, syrup, molasses and sugar to a saucepan and warm gently to reach a silky consistency but do not let it boil.
  3. While this melts, break up the biscuits, chop the marshmallows small and chop the pecans. Add to a large mixing bowl with the mixed dried fruits.
  4. Remove the butter mix from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and salt until smooth.
  5. Pour this over the crushed biscuit mixture and stir to evenly coat all the mixture. Pour into the lined tin and smooth over the top. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Melt together the chocolate and coconut oil and now pour over the base mixture. Place back in the fridge for 3-4 hours or until fully set.
  7. Use a sharp hot knife to slice the rocky road into 16 squares.
  8. Use some melted chocolate in a piping bag to stick on pretzels for the ears, the edible sugar eyes and the redcurrants for noses.
  9. These Vegan Christmas Rocky Road will keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge in a sealed container although the pretzels will soften over time.
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Vegan Christmas Rocky Road

I look forward to hearing what you think of these Vegan Christmas Rocky Road so please let me know what you think in the comments below. If you do make these rocky road, I would love to see so please tag me in your no-bakes, I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest  – please say hello!

With festive rocky road love x

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