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(Easy-Peasy!) Paleo & Keto Rocky Road 🍫

This paleo and keto rocky road, in its no-bake glory, is ridiculously easy to whip up! Plus, its packed with nutrients and healthy fats!

Freshly cut keto rocky road with marshmallows and hazelnuts
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road

Paleo & Keto Rocky Road


This rocky road has our keto marshmallows as the star ingredient (though see ingredients section for a store-bought variety!). I mean, there are many roads to rocky road heaven… but marshmallows (and chocolate!) are non-negotiable!

And it turns out that, unlike their sugar counterparts loaded with additives and corn syrup, these sugar-free marshmallows are not too bad health-wise at all. Fact is, if you use a good quality gelatin (think grass-fed etc), you can even think of these guys as pure collagen bites.

So load up on good quality ingredients to pack this keto sweet treat with nutrients and healthy fats!

Closeup keto marshmallows, hazelnuts, almonds and dried blueberries for low carb rocky road
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road

The Ingredients

Rocky road is truly wonderful in that you can pretty much do what suits your taste buds’ desires (and turns out it varies a bit from country to country)! From the UK version with digestive biscuits (i.e. cookie crumbs!) to the Aussie version with dried fruit… it’s really all about quality ingredients merging into a beautiful symphony.

So for my favorite rocky road, I’ve taken a few bits and pieces from different places:

  • The keto marshmallows are our very own (extra fluffy!) recipe. Choose quality ingredients (such as this grass fed gelatin) for a top notch collagen packed treat! And don’t fret, they might seem intimidating but this keto version is ridiculously easy to whip up.
  • And you prefer to not make your own keto marshmallows, you can buy these sugar free marshmallows (just keep in mind they’re not the cleanest and have Maltitol… but I know some of you peeps like them).
  • For the sugar-free chocolate, any chocolate chips (or bar!) will do really. My one advice is that you love its taste solo (so avoid the 100% unsweetened bars)! I love Lily’s dark chocolate chips (they’re sugar free and keto), but still taste like the real deal.
  • (Grass-fed!) butter… or ghee/coconut oil/nut butter! You are eating the butter raw, so going organic and grass-fed really is advisable. Because, aside from the taste being 1,34049 times better, grass-fed butter has a completely different nutritional profile to regular butter. It is loaded with Vitamin-K2 (which de-calcifies your arteries), anti-inflammatory fatty acid called butyrate, among many other perks. Oh, and note that I like to do a mix of salted and unsalted for a more complex flavor kick (remember salt is chocolate’s bff)!
  • For the nuts I like to do a mix of hazelnuts and almonds. Just don’t forget to give them a good toast before, as it’ll take your rocky road from good to supreme!
  • Dried berries are totally optional, but they add a wonderful tang that livens up the mix and I cannot recommend them enough! I love (loooove!) adding a handful of these freeze dried blueberries!

Keto marshmallows, hazelnuts, almonds and dried blueberries for low carb rocky road
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road
Uncut keto rocky road bar in pan
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road
Slicing paleo & keto rocky road
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road

The Deets

Not much to it guys, as rocky road might just be one of the easiest candy out there to whip up! All you need to do is toast the nuts (non negotiable in my book!), melt the chocolate with the butter, allow it to cool (so you don’t melt your marshmallows!), mix it all together and allow it to set in the fridge overnight.

Maybe the one thing to consider is how thick you want it. I went for an 8×6″ mold… but because of how rich rocky road is, it’ll do better in an 8×8″. But feel free to do your own thing, its not a biggie!

Stacked paleo & keto rocky road bars
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road
Paleo rocky road slices over parchment paper
Paleo & Keto Rocky Road

Freshly cut keto rocky road with marshmallows and hazelnuts

(Easy Peasy!) Paleo & Keto Rocky Road

This paleo and keto rocky road, in its no-bake glory, is ridiculously easy to whip up! Plus, its packed with nutrients and healthy fats!
Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 155 kcal



  • Whip up a batch of our keto marshmallows (you can always do half the batch, but leftovers are always a good idea in my book!), or buy a sugar free version (see notes!). The one difference is that you'll want to spread the batter onto a baking sheet so it's roughly 3/5-1" thick. Allow to set for 5 hours or overnight. Slice into bite-sized pieces. 
  • Toast the hazelnuts and almonds in a dry skillet or pan over medium/low heat until golden and fragrant, tossing them about every so often (about 5 minutes). Set aside to cool while you prepare the rest. 
  • Line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper, set aside. 
  • Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a water bath, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature (important so as to not melt your marshmallows!). 
  • Add the nuts, marshmallows and blueberries (optional, but highly suggested!) into the chocolate and stir to coat. Press rocky road mix onto the prepared baking dish, cover and refrigerate until set. 
  • Slice into 16 pieces, store leftovers in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for 3 months. 


*If you prefer not to make your own keto marshmallows (they're easy guys!), you can buy these sugar free marshmallows (just keep in mind they're not the cleanest and have Maltitol... but I know some of you peeps like them). 
**I like to do a mix of salted and unsalted (just 50/50) for a more complex flavor kick (remember salt is chocolate's bff)! And if paleo or dairy free, feel free to sub with ghee, coconut oil or a nut butter (I looove peanut butter fudge also!). 
There are a few things you guys need to consider for the nutrition facts, and mainly it's the chocolate used). Our facts were estimated using Lily's and assuming a yield of 16.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Keyword keto rocky road, paleo rocky road, sugar free rocky road
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  1. Jaimie says:

    5 stars
    Omg! You’re the best! I just made this with subbing macadamias for hazelnuts because that’s what I had in stock and it was such a good treat. Also helped me reach my macros;)

  2. Rene' in Texas says:

    5 stars
    WOW. I have made SO many of your recipes (I have your cookbooks, too!) and have been excited to thrilled with pretty much every single one of them. (I’ve NEVER been disappointed by any of your recipes – you are amazing and a true blessing, Paola.) Nonetheless, you out did yourself with this one! I just made a batch today after making your marshmellow recipe last night (ANOTHER winner in and of itself). Is it possible to say ‘WOW’ too much? FANTASTIC! Thank you for yet another recipe that makes eating keto no sacrifice at all!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Greetings, am wondering what I could use to replace the hazelnuts and almonds as my son is allergic to tree and peanuts. Thanks.


    5 stars
    This is my first time on your site. I got at least 30 ads that had nothing to do with your recipes. I would like to unsubscribe, but I could not find it anywhere.

  5. Lisa says:

    Xylitol can cause blood sugar to rise as well in people, just like maltitol can. When you used Erythritol, was it granular or powdered? I’ve found when making chocolate sauce, using powdered doesn’t crystallize like the granulated erythritol does.

    • Leslie says:

      Hi Lisa, I buy a big bag of Erythritol and then from that grind a few cups into powder so I have it on hand. You are right about the powdered dissolving better. I would think that powdered would be used.

  6. Jen Anderson says:

    This sounds so good! I’ve converted your coffee ice cream to rocky road using the marshmallow recipe, pistachios (just to be extra lol), chopped Lily’s baking bar, and keto chocolate cookie crumbles. It was INSANELY good!

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Oh maaan I still have to do that! Actually love your pistachios suggestion! I feel like it would be particularly good with the freeze dried raspberries and coconut! I keep meaning to do the ice cream and things just get in the way…. will def get to it by summer! 😂

  7. Sherhonda says:

    OK – I just got the recipe for this one in my email and when the photo loaded my jaw dropped. Look amazing! Yes, I will make it. I’ve made several of your recipes and ALL have been delicious. Your talents are incredible. I haven’t bought the digital cookbook because I really, really, love collecting and using print cookbooks, but rest assured, I’ll wait for it, lol!

  8. Kevin Stephani says:

    You guys should look at Know Better Foods Marshmallows. They are pretty darn close to the real thing and use allulose. I’m a T1 diabetic and can’t tolerate any sweeteners except Stevia, Erythritol and Allulose. The rest jack my blood sugars up.

    ps I am in no way affiliated with Know Better Foods, just a super happy customer.

  9. dan says:

    Do you know the ingredients for the sugar free marshmallows linked on amazon? You said maltitol but it didn’t have the ingredients?

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Hi Dan! According to google they have: Water, sweeteners (maltitol, isomalt, maltitol syrup, lactitol) gelatine, natural colors and natural flavoring (vanilla)

      So I’m not a fan of Maltitol, does’t agree with me! It’s more of a ‘dirty keto’ ingredient, and it can raise the blood sugar in some peeps (there seem to be a lot of debates on this).

  10. Mary Jones says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made rocky road so many times for the kiddos with your marshmallows! We make it with peanut butter, but will surely try your version next Paola! Everything from gnom gnom is pure gold

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