I’m always one for baking up a sweet treat, but for the days when you just don’t want to switch on the oven, you need my gluten free rocky road recipe.
Rocky roads are an absolute classic and seriously easy to make, with no baking necessary.
I’ve added my own twist to this failsafe recipe to make it even more fun – and it’s definitely something you have to try!
What goes into a rocky road?
A classic rocky road recipe is usually made up of crushed biscuits, marshmallows and a hell of a lot of chocolate.
In fact, apparently it is the marshmallows which differentiates rocky road from a tiffin.
Tiffin is usually packed with nuts and dried fruit as well, though you could easily add this to a rocky road if you wish.
But there is one ingredient that sets aside my gluten free rocky road recipe from the rest – and that was the revelation of adding Cadbury’s Crunchie bars!
The epiphany came to be at about 2am one morning and I’ve never gone back since.
Of course you get a nice crunch from the biscuits, but the honeycomb in the Crunchie bars adds an even-crunchier-crunch and a gorgeous flavour to these treats.
And yes – Cadbury’s Crunchie bars ARE gluten free. Which is fabulous news for both you and these gluten free rocky roads!
How do I make rocky road?
It really couldn’t be easier to make this gluten free rocky road recipe.
You start by crushing the biscuits – always a good stress reliever – and roughly chopping the Crunchie bars.
Melt some chocolate with butter and golden syrup, stir everything together and then set in a tray in the fridge. Boom!
I do like to add some extra chocolate mix on top, as I love a bit of a thicker topping of chocolate.
You could easily mix the extra chocolate into the main mixture if you’re feeling lazy, but this is just the way I love making these gluten free rocky roads.
Finish them off with a dust of icing sugar to make them look extra special!
What ingredients do I need for these gluten free rocky roads?
I’ve popped a full recipe card below with the method (and it’s printable too!).
But for the shopping list, you’re going to need to pick up:
I do find a lot of chocolate bars have ‘may contains’ so do be careful when you’re shopping for the chocolate for this recipe.
In terms of biscuits I just used the Tesco Free From Digestives, but feel free to mix it up with anything you like.
I think shortbread, ginger biscuits or even chocolate chip cookies would also be fabulous in this recipe.
Of course, if you don’t like honeycomb you can substitute the Crunchie bars for more biscuits, but I think they just take these rocky roads to a whole new level!
Can I make dairy free rocky roads?
You can easily make these into gluten and dairy free rocky roads if you’re avoiding dairy – or even want a vegan version.
Switch the chocolate for a dairy free option and use margarine instead of butter in your chocolate mix.
Sadly Crunchie bars aren’t dairy free, but you could add honeycomb chunks or just substitute the Crunchie in the recipe for the same amount of extra biscuits.
If you want vegan rocky road bars (or even vegetarian ones), you’ll also need to find some vegan marshmallows.
I’ve started to see these pop up a lot in the free from and confectionary aisles – these Freedom Mini Marshmallows on Amazon are really yummy!
My gluten free rocky road recipe
Whether you want an easy sweet treat or something fun to make with the kids, here’s my gluten free rocky road recipe EVERYONE will love.
I cut mine into eight triangles, but you could halve these into 16 or cut into 16 squares if you want smaller portions.
And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me.
- 300g milk chocolate
- 150g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 100g mini marshmallows
- 160g gluten free digestive biscuits
- 4 x Cadbury's Crunchie bars
- Icing sugar (optional, for dusting)
- Add the gluten free digestive biscuits to a sealable sandwich bag and gently bash with a rolling pin - you want there to be a combination of everything from biscuit dust to lumps around the size of a 20p piece.
- Roughly chop the Crunchie bars into chunks and set to one side.
- Add 200g chocolate, 100g butter and the golden syrup to a large saucepan and place on a very low heat. Stirring constantly, heat until completely melted and there are no lumps of chocolate. Remove from the heat.
- Add the crushed biscuits, Crunchie chunks and mini marshmallows to the chocolate mix and stir well until completely mixed. Pour the mixture into a lined 8-inch square baking tin and push firmly down.
- Melt the remaining 100g chocolate and 50g butter either in a small saucepan as before, or in 30-second intervals in the microwave. Stir well and pour over the rocky road mixture in an even coating.
- Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours before cutting into 8 or 16 triangles. Store in the fridge - this will last up to one week.
- You could also add chopped nuts, dried fruit or even crushed gluten free Pretzels to the mixture for another twist on this recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 545Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 2gSugar: 51gProtein: 4g
Need some more gluten free baking inspiration?
Want to have a go at some of the other gluten free baking recipes on the blog? Give some of these other gluten free cake recipes a try! There are plenty to choose from – here are a couple to get you going:
- Gluten and dairy free coconut and passionfruit cake
- Chocolate chip cookies recipe
- Gluten free carrot and hazelnut cake with orange cream cheese frosting
- My gluten and dairy free carrot and walnut cake
And if you have any recipe suggestions, please let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next!
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