Rocky Road is a delicious treat that our family always has on hand at Christmas time. While its origins are not all that noble (it was “invented” as a way to get rid of old imported sweets in Australia!), when made with care and fresh ingredients it tastes pretty awesome! One of my uncles makes pretty much the best Rocky Road in the country, so the last few Christmases it has been a favourite secret (or not so secret!) santa gift for our whole family. This year I couldn’t handle the idea of not joining in consumption of this yummy treat so I decided to healthify it a little.
The “recipe” (read: vague guidelines on how to mix stuff together) is pretty adaptable, so it can be made for a gift by substituting my Paleo chocolate (which needs to be kept cold) for store bought. Though I would implore you to make sure it’s organic, fair trade and dairy free if at all possible! Or alternatively, if you’re the secret santa for a Paleo friend then they will no doubt be used to rushing yummies to the nearest refrigerator on opening! Or you could give them a mini fridge also. This is probably the best outcome, because that Paleo chocolate is not to be missed, if I may say so myself. And everyone needs mini fridges at Christmas time.
-1 large handful Banana chips
-1 large handful Marshmallows (chopped if large)
-1 medium handful Craisins (dried cranberries)
-1 medium handful Hazelnuts
Optional: Seeds such as Linseeds, a sprinkling of Maca, other nuts, jellies
-Double batch of Real Deal Paleo Chocolate or approx 700g chocolate of choice
1. Make your Paleo Chocolate, or melt your regular chocolate over a double boiler until smooth
2. Crush nuts and banana chips either using a rolling pin or a mortar and pestle, or otherwise blitz in the blender for a few seconds so they are still chunky
3. Stir all the filling ingredients into the chocolate mix
4. Line a recipient of your choice (baking tray/ plastic container etc.) with baking paper.
For medallions: Drop small spoonfuls onto the tray, making sure not to spread them out (they will spread a lot on their own if you are using the Paleo chocolate). Freeze. Note that the base chocolate of these can get quite thin, so they will melt faster than the chunks, even though they look cool. Sorry guys,
apparently looking cool doesn’t translate to keeping cool. Stop. With. The. Puns. But they’re so punny!…. No. No they are not… okay I think I can stop now. You get what I mean.
For chunks: Pour into the container or into a deeper tray that is lined. Freeze. Chop or break into desired chunks. Note that these will be much thicker than the medallions.
5. Place into a pretty jar, wrap and wait for your Secret Santee to love you.
5b. (The likeliest step): DEVOUR ALL THE CHOCOLATE. Find smallest jar possible at the back of your cupboard that Aunty Beatrice gave you that weird turnip marmalade in. Clean and prepare said tiny jar to gift the smallest quantity of chocolates possible to your Secret Santee. This is an integral part of the Super Secret Santa process and you will receive 10 mana upon successful completion of this mission. Your finished plate should look like this: