Rocky Road Brownies

It’s December, finally! And you know what that means… 

… Christmas recipes!!! :)))

Hazelnuts are such an autumn food to me. I never really crave Nutella as it’s not something I grew up eating (Kwatta and Speculoos, on the other hand…) but when autumn rolls around and fresh nuts are in season, I simply can’t resist. And because I associate them with cold windy weather, they seem like the perfect Christmas food to me, too. 

Marshmallows are another non-vegan thing I don’t really miss, but I have to admit there’s something terribly appealing about rocky road bars. Dark chocolate, crispy nuts and chewy marshmallows? Whoever thought of that deserves the Nobel Food Prize. (Wait, there’s no Nobel Food Prize? What?!!)

But even better than that–yes, I know it’s hard, but trust me–are rocky road brownies. The marshmallows melt into gooey, sticky blotches of intense sweetness in the middle of the thick chocolate sponge, and when a hazelnut hits your teeth, the crunch is so utterly satisfying you might just moan. Boyfriends, be warned–you’ve got competition, boys. 

100g brown sugar
100g tofu
200g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
125ml apple sauce
160ml almond milk (soya or rice will do fine, even hazelnut)
1/2 tsp baking powder
75g marshmallows
100g hazelnuts

Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Line a small rectangular tin ( cm x cm) with baking parchment. 
Place the tofu, apple sauce and almond milk in the blender and process until smooth. Beat the mixture with the sugar and cocoa powder, then gradually add the flour and baking powder. 
Fold in the marshmallows and hazelnuts. Pour the batter into the lined tin, smoothing the top with a spatula, and baking for 35 minutes. 
Let the brownies cool completely before you remove them from the tin and cut them into 15 separate brownies. 


14 thoughts on “Rocky Road Brownies

  1. I've googled the traditional Rocky Road. It apparently originates from Australia! Who knew! Americans make theirs in a cupcake form, the UK in a cake form with cherries, biscuit, raisins, marshmallows and chocolate, but the Australians have about 1 million different ingredients! The UK version would be perfect without the biscuit as I think that is its one downfall. M&S do a really nice version, but they use rice krispies instead of cake (which is even better as I've gone off cake:/ ). But yeah any rocky road you would have had in the UK would have had biscuit in it.


  2. Wow, who knew! Great bit of research there, Emily 🙂 I'm not sure I like the idea of biscuits in rocky roads, though. It seems odd to me. Unless maybe it was some reaaaaally tasty biscuit, like bourbons or oreos. (I'm still not sure that Oreos are 100% vegan, though–I've heard they are, but I need to check that.)


  3. Here are the results of my Google search: apparently American Oreos are 'accidentally' vegan but for some reason UK/European ones are made with why powder, which is a by-product of milk. Who knew! And even more puzzling, why the difference?? It appears that in the future I shall have to purchase my Oreos from Bit of a bother, that is.


  4. I wrote to my cousin in NY State and she is going to send me some oreos 🙂 It helps to know people across the pond (and cuts the costs!!) but I shall definitely let you know if I need more oreos in the future, thanks!


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