Back in the day, when I used to be a chef, I would nibble away on this amazing Rocky Road sold by my work place, while I trimmed thousands of beans and sautéed even more onions with thyme and butter. It was made with rich dark chocolate and delicious sugary treats. I haven't had it in the longest time, but the other day I was reminded of its delicious combination of chocolate, almonds, and sweetness. Naturally I decided to make my own version, one that could happily and healthily be consumed on a daily basis.
In this version of Rocky Road, the chocolate is made from raw cacao powder, coconut oil, peanut butter, and a small amount of raw honey. The sweet treats folded into the mixture are roasted almonds and chopped semi-dried dates (Medjool dates would be even better!). It took no longer than 10 minutes to make (due to the roasting of the almonds) and was ready to nibble in about 15 minutes, once it had set in the freezer.
I served it for dessert that night with whipped cream and peppermint tea. It went down a treat!
Coconut oil is a wonderful addition to an already healthy diet as it strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight infection. It is also an energizing food, meaning that it increases our energy levels, but without weight gain like coffee of sugar would do. Lastly, because of it's infection-fighting properties, coconut oil supports the formation of healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Raw Cacao & Anti-Oxidants
Raw cacao powder is chokablok full of antioxidants. These help protect the body from free radicle molecules, which "steal" electrons from other molecules. The result of this is cellular destruction, which can lead to disease, cancer, and the breakdown of the body. This is why people harp on about eating anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants quench free-radicle molecule activity, inhibiting the break down of cellular function, and promoting longevity of health.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Cheers to your health!
Nutty Rocky Road
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 heaped dessert spoons of crunchy peanut butter
4 heaped dessert spoons of raw cacao powder
1 1/2 Tbsp raw honey
4 semi-dried dates, thinly sliced
small handful almonds
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Place almonds on an oven tray, then in the oven, and allow to roast for 8 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and roughly chop.
- In a small pot, melt the coconut oil and peanut butter over low heat.
- Add the honey and stir.
- Add the cacao powder and whisk using a fork.
- Add the dates and two thirds of the almonds and give the mixture a quick mix.
- Line a lunch box or a small square cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
- Pour the mixture into the lined container/tin. Scatter over the remaining almonds and place in the freezer on a level surface.
- Once the mixture has hardened, remove from the freezer and cut into squares.
- Keep in a container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks - if it lasts that long!
Feed, nourish, value yourself.