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Healthy Rocky Road Recipe with Tangerine Essential Oil

If you're looking for a healthy chocolate option, this is a must try.

This recipe was created by chef to the celebrity stars Kate McAlloon and features edible food grade Young Living Tangerine essential oil to give this chocolate recipe a distinct burst of citrus flavour.

This healthier version of Rocky Road is so delicious, you'll love it! If you've made Rocky Road before, you'll know the traditional recipe has lots of sugar. When you see the ingredients below you'll see this one doesn't have lots of sugar, making it a fantastic alternative for people looking for low sugar treats.

You can find healthier marshmallows and chocolate chips online or in your health food store. They even have gluten-free marshmallows. You can also find chocolate chips that are dairy-free and sugar-free.

Chef Kate TIP:  Try using different kinds of nuts and dried fruit pieces. You can roast the nuts if you prefer, but this recipe is mostly raw.

Healthy Rocky Road Recipe with Tangerine Essential Oil

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 10-20


1½ cups (200gm) pitted dates

1 cup (70gm) raw cacao powder

1½ cup melted coconut oil

pinch of sea salt (optional)

2 – 6 drops Young Living tangerine essential oil (to taste)

1¼ cup (75gm) roughly chopped walnuts

1¼ cup (75gm) roughly chopped pecans and/or macadamia nuts

½ cup goji (wolfberries) (optional)

2 cups mini marshmallows

1 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Place the dates in a medium glass or stainless bowl and pour boiling water over them and let them sit for approx. 5 minutes to soften them. After they are softened, drain them and place them into a food processor with the melted coconut oil, cacao powder, sea salt and tangerine oil.

Blend on high until the mixture is well combined and pretty smooth then taste and add a little more tangerine oil and blend again to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the chopped nuts, marshmallows and chocolate chips and mix well by hand. Then spread the mixture out into a medium baking pan or glass container lined with baking paper (lining with baking paper makes removing the cut pieces easier and clean up a breeze). You can also use an egg-shaped container or form the shape yourself.

Place the pan in the fridge to cool and set. When the Rocky Road has set gently cut it into pieces (any size you desire) and serve immediately or store covered for up to a week in the fridge. You can also wrap and freeze some of the pieces, if you like to have healthy sweet treats on hand.


I like to use a little sea salt when making chocolate treats as the salt brings out the chocolate flavour.

Where to Buy Food Grade Essential Oils in Australia?

Looking for edible tangerine essential oil in Australia. Buy food grade Tangerine oil here.

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