low fodmap ✓ | gluten-free ✓ | lactose-free ✓ | soy-free ✓ | vegetarian ✓
One of my favorite treats from childhood was Jaffa Cakes. Do you know them? Small cakes with orange jelly and chocolate. A few days ago I had some serious craving for these cakes and so I got an idea to make gluten-free Chocolate Orange Jaffa Bars. They turned out so good! Probably one of my favorite recipes so far. And they absolutely satisfied those cravings I had.
Chocolate Orange Jaffa Bars Recipe
These bars are perfectly sweetened, rich, orange infused, chocolaty, portable, super simple to make and SO DELICIOUS!
How to make these Chocolate Orange Jaffa Bars?
These bars are incredibly easy to make. There are only 3 things that you will need to make:
1.Make the crust.
2.Make the orange layer
3.Make the chocolate ganache and pour it over the bars.
To find the exact amount of the ingredients and step-by-step instructions, scroll at the end of this page.
what flour to use to make these bars?
I like to use my universal homemade gluten-free flour blend. Which is a mix of the following flours :
3. Sweet Rice Flour (Glutinous Rice aka Sticky Rice)
4. Tapioca Flour (tapioca starch is the same as tapioca flour)
5. Xanthan Gum
If you can’t make that one, you can try with any gluten-free flour mix (just make sure it contains xanthan gum because that helps in binding the dough). The final result using different flour mix might vary slightly, depending on what flours your mix contains.
To find the recipe for my gluten-free flour mix click, HERE.
These bars are freezer friendly. To freeze it simply place the bars in a freezer friendly bag or container. To defrost it, thaw in the fridge or room temperature. The bars will stay good in the freezer for up to 4 months.
*To make sure that your flour mix is fodmap friendly I recommend that you make your own gluten-free flour mix, I always make this one. Or always read the ingredients of the store-bought gluten-free flour mixes. Make sure your mix doesn’t contain soy flour, chickpea/besan/gram/garbanzo bean flour, lentil flour, coconut flour, amaranth flour, or lupin flour.
*As a general rule always read the labels of the ingredients that you use as there can be sneaky FODMAP’s in any product. To educate yourself of which foods are high in FODMAP’s I’d strongly recommend downloading Monash Unversity FODMAP Diet App
Chocolate Orange Jaffa Bars
For the Crust
- 115 g unsalted butter (at room temperature) (1/2 cup)
- 50 g Sugar (1/4 cup)
- 50 g gluten-free flour (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
- 70 g ground walnuts (3/4 cup)
- 3 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- zest from half an orange
For the Orange Layer
- 3 egg yolks
- zest of one and a half orange
- 60 g powdered sugar (1/2cup)
For the Chocolate Ganache
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 100 g lactose-free whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Slightly grease an 8×8 inch (20x20cm) square pan and line with parchment paper. Line it up in such a way that some edges overhang to make it easy to lift it up once it's set.
To make the crust
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Add ground walnuts, orange zest, and flour. Mix well.
- Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whip egg whites with salt until foamy. Gradually add 2 tbsp of sugar and whip until stiff peaks. Fold in egg whites into walnut mixture.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
To make the orange layer
- Mix egg yolks with sugar and orange zest until thick and creamy.
- Remove the crust from the oven and add yolks mixture on top of the cake and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Let it cool slightly.
To make the chcolate ganache
- Heat the cream in a small saucepan. When the cream just begins to boil at the edges, remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. Let sit one minute, then stir until smooth.
- Spread the chocolate ganache on top of the cake. Let it set before cutting the bars and serving.