Gluten-Free Mocha Squares
So these Mocha Squares are my fika recipe. You … uh … fancy a fika for Valentine’s?
Calm down. A fika is something sweet to have with your coffee. And it’s a mindset too apparently. I approve of this mindset. It’s where my mind is mostly at.
I was going to make Swedish meatballs. In fact I did.
I used this recipe for Swedish meatballs. (Here’s the recipe for Grillkrydda) I made them gluten-free. But I found cooking the meatballs difficult I had to make them into burgers instead. They were gorgeous. And then I thought maybe making them into burgers would be something different. But no. That’s already a thing.
Then I found out about the whole fika business and decided that was much more my speed. I first made a gluten-free lemon drizzle cake. I was just going to use the base of the gluten free pink cakes, drizzle over some sweetened lemon juice and top with a little bit of icing. But then didn’t I discover that I didn’t have enough almonds or butter, so I added in some polenta and sunflower oil. It was really good. But I forgot to note down the quantities I used…
I know. Why do I have a recipe blog? Seriously…
So I just sort of stopped trying to add recipes at that point.
But this weekend I decided, I’m going to finish this series of recipes, no matter what. And what did I come across while looking for Fika inspiration only Swedish Love Treats, Kärleksmums. Perfect for Valentine’s, right?
Did you know that the Swedish for Valentine’s Day is actually alla hjärtans dag, meaning everyone in my heart’s day? Isn’t that sweet? A much broader celebration of love? Beautiful.
Anyway, I attempted to make a slightly different version of these by topping with melted marshmallow instead of chocolate cream. It didn’t work. It was way too sweet. But the mocha squares by themselves were gorgeous. So I’m sharing that recipe. It’s basically the same as this recipe for gluten-free brownies, just with smaller amounts and with a teaspoon of almond flour, because I like to add some texture when using gf flour. I also added in chopped marshmallows but they added nothing so ignore them in the photos.
Things to See & Do in Sweden
I haven’t been to Sweden. I do really want to go. Did you know it’s quite hot there in summertime? I kind of like the idea of going when it’s really cold. But then I’m not sure I could handle it.
Let’s see what the internet says are the top thing to do there in winter and summer time.
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In Sweden getting gluten-free food is no problem – and that’s according to a resident. Although it is sometimes easier as a resident of a place to know how to get what you want there. Let me just get one more link on this – Gluten-free Stockholm treasures. OK. I’m convinced.
- 95g salted butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 45g brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 20g cocoa powder
- 35g gluten-free plain flour
- 1 tsp ground almonds
- 30g dark chocolate
- Shot of espresso
- Grease an oven dish well and turn on the oven to 180 C.
- Chop up the dark chocolate. Melt the butter in a deep bowl. Stir the chocolate into the butter so that it all melts in.
- Beat the white and brown sugar into butter. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Sift in plain flour and cocoa powder and mix around until well combined.
- Finally add in the ground almonds and espresso shot and mix around well.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or so.