Fluffy chocolate squares

Indulge your sweet tooth with these irresistibly juicy chocolate squares. These gluten-free treats are made with rich cocoa and are perfect for those with dietary restrictions. The moist and juicy texture is a chocolate lover’s dream. Serve these delicious squares as a decadent dessert, paired with a scoop of creamy ice cream for an extra special treat. Whether on their own or as a delicious end to a meal, these chocolate squares satisfy every desire for a heavenly chocolate treat.

Ingredients

  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 200g gluten-free dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 350g golden powdered sugar
  • 50g gluten-free self-raising flour mix
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 50 g walnuts, broken or roughly chopped
  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa
  • 200g powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Table spoons of milk
  • 50 g walnuts, broken or roughly chopped

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Line a 20 x 30 cm brownie tin with baking paper.
  3. Place butter and chocolate in a non-stick saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Be careful not to overheat it. Let cool down.
  4. Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa and almonds with the xanthan gum.
  5. Stir the dry mixture into the melted chocolate.
  6. Stir in the eggs and add the walnuts.
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking paper-lined tin and smooth it out with a spatula.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until set and just cooked through.
  9. Test with a skewer; the crumb should still be slightly moist.
  10. Let the cake cool in the tin.
  11. For the glaze, melt the butter in a non-stick pan.
  12. Stir in the cocoa and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.
  13. Add powdered sugar and milk and mix well.
  14. Pour the glaze onto the cooled cake.
  15. Sprinkle walnuts on the glaze and press down lightly.
  16. Let the cake stand until the icing sets.
  17. Carefully remove the cake from the mold.
  18. Peel off the baking paper.
  19. Cut the cake into squares.
  20. Store the squares in a container for several days.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • mixing bowl
  • Whisk or electric mixer
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Casserole dish or can
  • Baking paper or parchment
  • Knife or spatula for serving

Allergen information

Contains: Nuts, milk, gluten

Storage and leftovers

Store the fudgy chocolate squares in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If there are any leftovers, they can be enjoyed cold or warmed slightly in the microwave before serving.

Health Benefits of Fudgy Chocolate Squares

When you treat yourself to a delicious treat, you don’t have to compromise on your health. These luscious chocolate squares not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also provide several health benefits. Let’s discover the benefits of these delicious treats.

1. Gluten-free delicacies

For those on a gluten-free diet, these luscious chocolate squares are a fantastic option. With 200g of gluten-free dark chocolate and 50g of gluten-free self-raising flour blend, you can enjoy the rich chocolate flavor without worrying about gluten-related sensitivity or discomfort.

2. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate

The inclusion of gluten-free dark chocolate not only adds to the irresistible taste, but also provides a dose of antioxidants. Dark chocolate is known for its high concentration of flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that help fight free radical damage in the body.

3. Nutritious almonds

These luscious chocolate squares not only contain ground almonds for texture, but are also rich in nutrients. Almonds are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, proteins, vitamins and minerals. They contribute to heart health, aid weight management and support brain function.

4. Walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids

With 50g of walnuts in the recipe, these squares become a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that promote heart health, reduce inflammation and support brain function. Adding walnuts to the mix not only improves the taste and texture but also increases the nutritional value.

5. Moderate sugar content

While these luscious chocolate chips are undeniably sweet and delicious, the sugar content is moderate compared to many other desserts. The 350g of golden powdered sugar is spread throughout the recipe, making it easier to control portion sizes and enjoy the treat without excessive sugar consumption.

6. Decadent, but low in xanthan gum

The recipe calls for just 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum, a common ingredient in gluten-free baking. Xanthan gum helps improve the texture and binding properties of the squares without adding unnecessary calories or sacrificing flavor. It is beneficial for those with gluten intolerance as it acts as a binding agent in the absence of gluten.

7. Optional glaze

The additional glaze on these fudgy chocolate squares can be customized to suit your personal taste. While it adds some extra sweetness, it’s important to note that the glaze also contributes to additional sugar intake. Adjust the amount of powdered sugar (200 g) depending on the desired level of sweetness.

8. Calcium and protein

Incorporating milk into the glaze provides a source of calcium and protein. Calcium is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, while protein supports muscle repair and growth. Although the amounts in this recipe may not provide significant quantities, every little bit contributes to your overall nutrient intake.

9. Enjoyment and satisfaction

Finally, it’s important to recognize the health benefits of indulging in something that brings joy and satisfaction. Taking the time to enjoy a delicious dessert can promote overall well-being and contribute to a positive attitude.

Incorporating these juicy chocolate chips into your diet will provide you with a delicious blend of flavor and health. Remember: moderation is key and savoring every bite will make the experience even more worthwhile.

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