I mentioned a few months ago that my younger brother has been diagnosed as coeliac, so a lot of (maybe all) my recent recipes have either been gluten free or had instructions to adapt to a gluten free diet. I’ve been intolerant to gluten for as long as I can remember, but it seems to be getting worse and when my brother was diagnosed we were advised as a whole family to be tested for coeliac disease. I had my test done last week and will get the results back in a fortnight and I’m not much looking forward to it. But I’m on a mission to prove that gluten free vegan food can be mouth-wateringly delicious.
I haven’t done much baking or recipe testing recently and fancied a sweet treat this weekend, so whipped these up with some bits I had in the cupboard, including some gluten free chocolate chip cookies. The lovely thing about rocky road is that, within reason and taste, you can throw pretty much anything into the mix.
Best Ever Gluten Free Vegan Rocky Road
- 300g dairy free dark chocolate
- 200g dairy free spread (see Tips)
- 50g golden syrup
- 150g cookies, broken into chunks (see Tips)
- 100g glacé cherries, halved
- 100g sultanas
- 75g mini marshmallows (see Tips)
- Use an 8 or 9 inch square silicone baking mould (or regular baking tin lined with cling film). Add the chocolate, dairy free spread and golden syrup into a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until fully melted.
- Add all the other ingredients to the mixture and stir in, keeping some to one side to sprinkle over the top for decoration. Pour the mixture into the baking mould and press in to fill it evenly, then decorate with the set aside ingredients.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or until completely set. Remove from the mould and cut into squares.
- Sunflower spread is my favourite to use for baking – I think it has the best and least conflicting flavour in recipes.
- Have a look around for accidentally vegan cookies. Tesco do gluten free vegan cookies in their Free From range, but just be sure to double check the ingredients because I think they do more than one variety and others aren’t vegan.
- Freedom do vegan mini marshmallows available in Holland & Barret and, more recently, Sainsbury’s!
- You can add whatever sweet ingredients you think will work to this recipe, so it’s perfect for using up anything you’ve got in your cupboards!
I hope you enjoy the recipe! As always, let me know if you try it out and tag me in your pictures! You can get in touch on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or click here if you have any comments, questions, or just fancy saying hello.