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Healthy Rocky Road

Makes 25 squares.


    Dark chocolate goes a long way toward satisfying a post-dinner need for sweets. It’s especially perfect when what you need is a little pick-me-up to turn a “hangry” moment into an “ahhh” moment. We’ve adapted this Rocky Road and studded it with all kinds of goodness to calm your day. From Medjool dates to goji berries, it’s a delicious superfood treat.



    • Rocky Road is delicious with any number of variations. Substitute goji berries with dried chopped pineapple, cranberries, strawberries, or even candied ginger. You can also substitute pistachios with macadamia nuts or almonds.
    • Want to take your entomophagy to another level? Try dried crickets dipped in chocolate. They make a delicious crispy topping for any dessert (although we must agree, anything dipped in chocolate is a tasty treat!).


    Healthy Rocky Road


    • 3/4 cup (180 mL) pitted Medjool dates, about 7
    • 3/4 cup (180 mL) coconut oil, melted
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cricket powder
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) gluten-free rice cereal or granola
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped, toasted pecans
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped 70% dark chocolate
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) dried goji berries
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped, toasted pistachios
    • 2 tsp (10 mL) flaked sea salt
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) dried whole crickets (optional)
    • 1 oz (28 g) white chocolate, melted (optional)


    Per serving:

    • calories128
    • protein2g
    • fat10g
      • saturated fat7g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates10g
      • sugars7g
      • fibre2g
    • sodium78mg



    Grease and line 8 in (20 cm) baking tin with parchment paper that extends over edges of pan. Set aside.


    In food processor, combine dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder, cricket powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whirl, scraping down sides, until blended. Transfer to bowl and stir in granola, chopped pecans, and dark chocolate. Spread out in prepared baking tin. Scatter with goji berries and pistachios and gently press in with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Refrigerate until firm.


    When ready to serve, take parchment and lift firmed Rocky Road out of pan to cutting board. If using, dip dried crickets into melted white chocolate and place strategically on top. It will set very quickly. Alternatively, simply drizzle melted chocolate over mixture.


    Cut Rocky Road into 25 squares and serve. Store any remaining squares in tightly sealed container in refrigerator.


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    Going Pro

    Going Pro

    You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.