30th of October 2020
Have you been searching for a way to make your favorite chocolate treats gluten-free? If you have, then you’re in luck. These five gluten-free recipes are easy and tasty.
We’ll cover flourless chocolate cake, truffles, biscotti, and even a smoothie. There’s something for just about everyone.
*Recipes provided by Kristell Gathoye.
1. Flourless Chocolate & Blackcurrant Cake
Prep Time: 1h | Baking Time: 25 min | Level: Easy | Makes an 8 inch cake
Gluten-free or not, chocolate cake is always a great idea. With this recipe, you can have all the goodness of chocolate cake without the flour. Combine that with the sweetness of blackcurrant jam, and it makes for the perfect treat.
- 115g Butter
- 200g 100% T. Cacao powder
- 170 g Sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3 eggs
Ganache and Filling Ingredients:
- 150g 100% T. Cacao powder
- 150g Cream
- 40g Sugar
- Blackcurrants or Blackcurrant jam
Prepare a round cake tin by greasing it lightly or placing a piece of parchment paper on the bottom. Preheat your oven to 190C (375F).
Melt the butter in a pan or microwave. Then, dilute the cacao powder and make a batter.
Stir in the sugar and salt.
On the side, beat the eggs until they are fluffy and have doubled in volume.
Gently incorporate the eggs into the chocolate mixture.
Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
During this time, if you’re using fresh blackcurrants, prepare your jam by cooking the fruits with sugar and then reducing it until it thickens a little.
Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool down for 5 minutes. Once it stops steaming, place it in the fridge to cool fully.
Then, prepare your ganache. Warm the cream in a pot until it begins to simmer. Pour it onto the chocolate and mix until homogeneous and smooth.
Take the cake out of the fridge and slice it in half.
Spread the jam on the bottom layer and then replace the top half.
Finally, pour the ganache on the cake and use a spatula to smooth and even it out.
Place the cake in the fridge before serving to set the ganache.
2. Chocolate & Earl Grey Mug Cake
Prep Time: 15 min | Baking time: 1-2 min
Level: Easy | Makes 1 mug - Simply multiply for the whole family
If you don’t have the time to make an entire cake, then a chocolate mug cake is the perfect solution. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, and making more than one serving is no hassle.
- 10g 100% T. Cacao
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsps. sugar
- 2 Tbsps. butter
- Earl grey tea leaves
Melt the butter and add the tea leaves. Keep warming it on low heat for 5 minutes. Then, let it sit for 10 minutes. Strain the butter through a sieve to get rid of the leaves.
Place all the ingredients in a mug.
Microwave at 1000 W for 1-2 minutes. (Check it after 1 minute. The cooking time will vary depending on your microwave.)
Carefully remove the mug from the microwave, let it cool a little, and enjoy.
- You can add a spoon of ice cream on top and let it drop into the cake for an even more indulgent treat.
- You can add nuts or spices to the batter instead of the earl grey infusion.
3. Rosemary & Sea Salt Truffles
Prep Time: 45 min | Refrigerate: 1h | Level: Intermediate
Chocolate truffles are one of the most versatile treats out there. Adding almonds and cherries, rolling them in coconut flakes, or even covering them in sprinkles are just a few of the countless ways you can make your truffles exciting.
This recipe uses rosemary and sea salt, but you can easily swap those out with your favorite ingredients. Either way, these truffles are a sweet, gluten-free treat that you’re sure to love.
- 150g 100% T.cacao
- 20g Sugar
- 100ml Cream
- 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- A pinch of sea salt
- A few tablespoons of cocoa powder for coating
Place the cream in a small pan and add the rosemary. Leave it overnight. When you’re ready to make the rest of the recipe, warm up the cream until it comes to a light simmer. Remove the sprigs of rosemary and pour the cream onto the chocolate and salt.
Next, mix the cream and the salted chocolate until smooth and homogenous.
Place the ganache in the fridge until it sets and is hard enough to roll into balls.
Take it out and make small balls with your hands. If your kitchen is warm, place the truffles back into the fridge for a few minutes before coating.
Prepare a bag with cocoa powder (a freezer bag is ideal). Drop a few balls at a time into the bag and shake to coat. Do this with all the truffles.
Enjoy them fresh!
4. Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
Level: Intermediate | Makes 20-30 biscotti
If you need something to go with your morning coffee—or hot chocolate—then a warm and crumbly biscotti is perfect.
- 40g 100% T.cacao powder
- 80g Chestnut flour
- 130g Almond flour
- 1 Tsp Baking powder
- 170g Sugar
- Zest of a full orange
- 2 eggs
- 120g de-shelled pistachios
- Icing sugar for shaping
Preheat the oven to 180C (355F).
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (Cacao, flours, baking powder, sugar, and zest)
Then, add the eggs and mix.
Add the pistachios.
Cover your work surface with some icing sugar. Place the dough on the surface, cut it, and shape it into 2 logs that are about 5cm wide. (Don’t sprinkle too much icing sugar or it will dry out the dough.)
Place the logs on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until golden
Take them out and let them cool a little. Then slice the logs diagonally with a bread knife and make 2 cm thick slices.
Place the biscotti flat on the baking sheet and bake them for 10 more minutes.
Let them cool on a rack and then store them in an airtight container.
5. Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
Prep Time: 10 min | Level: Easy | Makes 1 large glass
If you’re looking for something simple and not too sweet, try a chocolate and banana smoothie. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare, but it’s flavorful, high-energy, and packed with lots of nutrients.
- 2 Tsps. of T.cacao powder
- 200ml Milk
- 2 Tbsps. Peanut butter
- 2 Tsps. Instant coffee
- 1 ripe banana (cut into pieces)
Dilute the T. Cacao and the Instant coffee in a couple of spoons of hot water to make a loose paste.
Add the peanut butter, the milk, and the banana.
Blend for a few seconds. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!
- Add a drizzle of honey if you want to accentuate the sweetness a bit.
- Mix it up: Use any other nut butter or even jam if you wish to make it fruitier
- Spice it up: Add a small spoon of your favorite warm spice (like ginger, cinnamon, or cardamom)
- Make it vegan by using an alternative dairy option. Oat milk is delicious!
One of the great things about chocolate is that it’s suitable for most diets, especially when it’s pure cacao. This makes it one of the best comfort foods you can find.
Whether you see it as an occasional treat or something to regularly incorporate into your life, these five chocolate recipes give you just a few more options to choose from.