Gooey Rocky Road Bars

Ok….so these brownies are ugly.

Like really ugly.

But I don’t judge you when you’re having a bad hair day?

Or when you only have two finger nails still painted pink because you were too lazy to scrub off the rest..

Or when you wore that awful sparkly headband last weekend.

Ok okkkkkk so maybe that was me last week. But whatever, stop staring…. ! We all have those days. Some more than others….

So these are not the Heidi Klum of brownies, but what they lack in looks they make up for in irresistibly rich, gooey, chocolatey, flavor.


These are soooo good right out of the oven. They have this intensely rich cakey chocolate chip brownie bottom sprinkled in even more chocolate chips, buttery pecans, and warm gooey marshmallows. I just took a fork to the pan after I took these out. Are you wondering why there’s only two brownies in my pictures today?? Umm… that’s why. I scraped the top off of half the pan.. oops.

I also love that these are dairy-free. I’m going to try and work more vegan recipes into my blog. I don’t tolerate dairy very well so I usually play this game where I eat mainly dairy-free for my meals and save myself for splurges on all my baked goods (Yes.. that’s how big of a sweet tooth I have!). But the more practice I’ve  had cooking dairy-free the more I’ve found out that I don’t have to cook these recipes just because they don’t have dairy, but because they’re actually really good.

So these lovely little rocky road bars aren’t just for those of us who can’t have a lot of dairy, they’re for anyone craving a gooey chocolate marshmallow treat. And who doesn’t’??

Also, when looking around for dairy-free chocolate chips, keep your eyes out for “Chocolate Dream” baking chips. These are my favorite! I usually just eat them straight out of the bag. They’re from the same company that makes Soy Dream and Rice Dream (realllyyy yummy dairy-free ice-cream).


[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]Rocky Road Bars (dairy-free)[/typography]


  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural (nonalkalized) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces vegan semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup vegan mini marshmallows
  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl and mix with a whisk or fork.
  4. In a small bowl, combine water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour liquid over flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until just smooth (if you over-mix these will be tough).
  5. Add half the chocolate chips and stir to incorporate.
  6. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth evenly. Sprinkle marshmallows over top and gently poke them into batter, leaving tips exposed. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips and walnuts over marshmallows.
  7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until it no longer jiggles when you nudge the sides of the pan. Cool on a rack. Lift edges of foil to transfer brownies to a cutting board.Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or at room temperature.
These stay good in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Adapted from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunch Melt-in-your-mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich


  1. While we all would love a stunning picture as well as a great recipe, some of the tastiest ones will not lend themselves being picturesque! This is one such item. Great flavors in this one, I would definitely enjoy a few-yum! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. With those ingredients you cannot go wrong even if they aren’t the best photos. Its the taste that matters most.

  3. No brownie is too ugly in my book. Just the thought of a brownie starts my mouth watering. Those delicious little treats look like they are just aching to be eaten. :) Thanks for sharing.

  4. These look far from ugly!! They sound scrumptious and I love they are dairy free! Happy Friday!

  5. I don’t think these are ugly at all (although the nail polish comment made me laugh). Of course, I love rocky road brownies!

  6. Ooooo do these look delicious! :) Yumm!

  7. I love that this is a dairy free dessert as I generally avoid dairy products. What made me click over were the words “Rocky Road” too, because that’s always been my fav ice cream, cookies, etc. This is one recipe for my file! Thanks.

  8. Oh do these look good! And I love that they are vegan. :)

  9. Don’t make fun of sparkles headbands. Blair Waldorf wears sparkly headbands.

  10. looks yummy!!

  11. Who cares what they look like – they sound delicious! I don’t usually do much to doctor up brownies but this looks perfect.

  12. My brownie and marshmallow loving family would love these decadent gems! So yummy!

  13. These don’t look ugly to me! I love the toasted marshmallow on top. I think I’d plow through this pan in 5 seconds. :)

  14. HECK yeah! These just came out of the oven……we cannot wait to taste them!

  15. I doubt you could leave a pan of these beauties lying around unguarded – they are too decadent :D
    Great recipe!

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  16. oh my these look so good!! I love those toasted marshmallows!

  17. I saw the picture on facebook and I thought delicious!!! I like that you went the dairy-free way. I love experimenting with dairy-free baking.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Me too! I’m going to start messing around with dairy-free a lot more now!

  18. They look anything but ugly! I love that you tried a dairy free version.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha thanks! They’re maybe just a little ugly… :) but at least they taste good!

  19. I don’t think they’re ugly at all. In fact, I think they’re gorgeous and I may just head straight to the kitchen right now to whip some up. They sound amazing! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha thanks! Let me now if you try these! Just make sure you put your oven rack on the lowest rack or they won’t cook right :)

  20. Do you ever include nutrition facts? Where do I find them?
    The members at my club would like to have that information for their diets thanks

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hi Rachel, I’m more than happy to include the nutrition facts, I’ll start posting them regularly for you all. Per brownie (16 servings, each a pretty generous 2 1/4 inch brownie) yields about 220 calories and 9 grams of fat. If you’re counting calories and want to cut those numbers down, substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for the 1/2 cup oil. Don’t be too scared off but these counts! This is not one of my lower calorie treats, just a dairy-free option :) I’ll update the rest of my posts with the calorie counts today for you guys!

  21. Aaaand I love these.