Vegan Rocky Road Pudding

Vegan Rocky Road Pudding

Step aside Rocky Road Ice Cream and make some room for this amazing Vegan Rocky Road Pudding. Much less fattening than the ice cream version, as this pudding is made with sweet potatoes, dairy-free milk, cocoa powder, chocolate, almonds and marshmallows!

As you are reading this, I'm in Disneyworld!! I originally had a Lemon Asparagus Pasta dish scheduled to post today, but knowing I was going to be in Disneyworld, I just felt something more fun and exciting was in order. Well, here it is. Rocky Road Pudding! I'd say that is pretty darn exciting, right?

Before you all gasp that this is going to be ridiculously unhealthy, it's really not that bad! In fact, the only really unhealthy part I would say, is the marshmallows. But I mean, you can't have rocky road anything without marshmallows. So, this is actually a dessert that you don't have to feel too guilty about.

This recipe is based off of my popular Sweet Potato Pudding. I took the base of that recipe, changed it quite a bit and turned it into Vegan Rocky Road Pudding. So delicious. I made it a bit richer, more chocolatey and of course gave it some delicious almonds and marshmallows. I have to say that the base is super chocolatey and delicious, but the bites of the pudding with the marshmallows, almonds and chocolate chips was straight up heaven in every bite.

For this recipe, it couldn't be any more simple, you only need 8 ingredients (+salt):

  • sweet potatoes
  • canned "lite" coconut milk (or another creamy kind like cashew or soy)
  • maple syrup
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sliced almonds
  • mini marshmallows (I use the vegan Dandies brand from Whole Foods)

Doesn't that bite just make you salivate? I wish you could have seen my daughter stalking me while I was shooting these pics...she was just dying for me to finish so she could have a bite. It was hilarious.

I'll be anxious to hear what you think of this pudding, leave me feedback below!

Here's a bite for you...creamy, rich, thick chocolate pudding.

Yields About 2 cups

Vegan Rocky Road Pudding

Step aside Rocky Road Ice Cream and make some room for this amazing Vegan Rocky Road Pudding. Much less fattening than the ice cream version, as this pudding is made with sweet potatoes, dairy-free milk, cocoa powder, chocolate, almonds and marshmallows!

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups (364g) mashed/cooked sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (153g) canned "lite" coconut milk, shaken well
  • 4 tablespoons (80g) maple syrup, use 5 tablespoons for sweeter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (35g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7g) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 heaping cup (50g) dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips, + extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons (16g) sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) mini marshmallows (I use the vegan Dandies brand)


  1. Bake your sweet potatoes on parchment paper on a pan, not directly on the oven rack, at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Depending on the size, the time will vary. You want them squishy soft. I recommend baking these over microwaving because they will have a sweeter flavor and more moisture this way. Do NOT boil or steam them, that will add extra water to them and dilute their flavor.
  2. Let your sweet potatoes cool and peel the skins. Mash completely with a fork and then measure 1 1/2 cups packed (364g) and level off. Add to a food processor.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients,except for the chocolate chips, almonds and marshmallows. Process for a couple of minutes until completely smooth.
  4. Add your chocolate chips (1/4 cup) to a bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and heat for 20-30 more seconds until almost melted. Stir until completely smooth and add to the processor.
  5. Process for another minute until smooth. Scrape down the sides well and process once more until silky smooth. A minute or two is good. Taste and adjust if needed. I only used 1/4 cup syrup which made it just sweet enough and balanced out the large amount of cocoa powder, but some may prefer it a bit sweeter, so add another tablespoon if desired. I also knew there would be more chocolate chips and marshmallows on top, so I didn't want the pudding overly sweet.
  6. Add the pudding to a bowl or serving dishes and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or more before eating. You could eat it immediately if you like, but it firms up more and tastes much better cold, like regular pudding does, in my opinion.
  7. Once chilled, add marshmallows and almonds and serve!


Nutrition per 1/2 cup serving: 303.3 calories, 9.1g fat, 3.5g protein, 55.3g carbs, 7.8g fiber, 31.1g sugar


  1. Oh my goodness... Want. Need. Now. Brandi why did you do this to me so early in the morning, now i just want to go make this for breakfast and maybe lunch too! Oh yes, this has my name written all over it. Although it might be a little more unhealthy when I make it because I have a mild marshmallow obsession so anytime I splurge on the vegan ones I tend to get a little carried away :D But the pudding is so sneaky healthy and (most importantly) marvelously creamy and rich--I know we've said it a million times but chocolate and sweet potatoes are magical together. Plus your current locale is cause for celebration--I hope you guys are having the best time and Olivia is in total complete happiness overwhelm!!
      Thank you so much Natalie! We had an amazing time! Yes, the marshmallows are really the only bad part about this. There is some chocolate chips in there of course, but considering the main part of the recipe is sweet potatoes, it was much less of a bad treat than typical pudding or ice cream!
  2. This looks and sounds so amazing, Brandi! I know I would love it! Hope you have the best time ever! :)
      Thank you so much Florian!
  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE rocky road!! This looks so good! And I get the same things, 3 little birds just waiting until I say the photos are done and they can dig in. LOL! Hope you're having a blast!!
  4. Is there a typo? For the maple syrup it says to use 5 for sweeter. 5 what??? Thanks for the recipe, will definitely try it!
    • Hi Nancy, I think it means if you want it sweeter use 5 tablespoons instead of 4;-)
        Yes, that's correct :)
  5. One word: GENIUS. Creating recipes is your gift and talent! What's even better is that this is simple and not unhealthy. Great for an occassional treat! I'm definitely trying this!
      Awww, thank you Jessica! You are way too sweet, your kind words really touched me! I always love reading your comments after you make my recipes, it really brightens my day, so thank you!
  6. Oh, thanks for the clarification!
  7. Oh my gosh, this looks awesome! I love anything rocky road!
      Thank you Becky!!
  8. Well I'd say this is a really fun recipe!! And I can totally picture Olivia waiting oh so patiently to dive into a bowl of this ;) What a chocolate-y dream!! And while it looks so bad for you, it's totally not...I think I need to make this asap. I'd sadly have to skip the marshmallows, but I think I can survive on chocolate pudding. I'm drooling over these beautiful, tempting photos!! Enjoy your time in Disneyworld!! ❤❤
  9. This looks SO GOOD. Absolute genius with the sweet potato and coconut milk combination. I wonder how it would taste with Japanese sweet potatoes? I may have to try that -- it's what I have right now.
      Aww, thank you so much! I bet that would be delicious, would even make the pudding sweeter! Let me know if you try it!
  10. Looks super indulgent! I used to love rocky road ice cream as a kid. I'm not a huge marshmallow lover anymore, but I'll take all the rest no problem!! My kids will take my portion of the marshmallows for sure! :)
      Yes, marshmallows are a rare thing for me too, but they sure are yummy!!
  11. I love your healthy spin on chocolate pudding! I'm totally drooling over these photos.
      Aww, thank you Dianne!
  12. I think the last minute change of plan is very fitting. Hope you are having a great time! I love sweet potatoes in chocolatey things. What an awesome veggie they are? And who doesn't like rocky road? I would devour this in an instant ;O)
      Thank you Mel! Right?! Rocky road for the win!
  13. This looks sooo yummy, Brandi! I love the richness sweet potatoes give as far as texture goes, and I can imagine it'd only get better with coconut milk. Combined with the fun crunchy toppings, this pudding looks just about perfect!
      Thank you so much Sara! Sweet potatoes are just magical, aren't they?
  14. Wowza! That is one decadent treat! I love that you made the pudding with sweet potatoes. I'm sure they add a ton of sweetness to the mix. Have fun visiting Disney!
      Thank you Linda, it gives the best structure and texture so nuts aren't needed!
  15. Pudding with sweet potatoes?! What a delicious idea! And you really can't go wrong with rocky road anything. I'm always amazed how good those Dandies are.
      Thank you Alisa! I'm obsessed with putting sweet potatoes in everything...pudding, ice cream, muffins, fudge, pie....hahahaha!
  16. Whhhooooaaa! Brandi, this looks incredible! And it's made with sweet potatoes? You're a genius!!! The texture looks heavenly, and it made my mouth water instantly! Beautiful work.
      Aww, thank you Anna! I love using sweet potatoes SO much in my recipes, especially desserts, it is so magical! Thank you for your kind words!
  17. WOW! Completely AMAZING! A recipe to LIVE for! YUMMO! Wonderfully-beautiful photography, too! Nice!
      Thank you so much Jennifer! I'm so happy you loved it!
  18. Look at that thick chocolatey that even legal?! I think I know what I'll be making this weekend. Will definitely have fun making my friends guess the secret ingredient. They'll be so shocked to hear that this is vegan too!
      Wonderful Emily! It's definitely a rich and delicious treat. Let me know if you try it!
  19. I had exactly 1/2cup + 2tbsp lite coconut milk left over from another recipe, so I made this, thinking it would be good, but I was unprepared for how mind-blowing it was. My husband and I both agreed it was far greater than the sum of its parts. Like why is it just as rich as real ice cream??? Nice job, Brandi, this was a home run.
      Regan, your feedback seriously made my day! Totally! My daughter and I both loved this and thought it was "mind-blowing" so reading your review made me so happy, haha! I'm so happy to hear both you and your hubby loved it so much. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review!
  20. As I was reading your write up about the unhealthy marshmallows I thought about aquafaba. Why not make aquafaba meringue. You could then crumble it onto the pudding or my original thought, top the pudding with meringue peaks like chocolate cream pie
      Hi Linda! That is certainly an option for people who want to avoid marshmallows entirely but for me, since I very rarely eat them...maybe a couple of times a year, I really enjoy them and love the taste and texture of them..the chew of them goes great with the smooth pudding texture. Plus, they make a great decoration!

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