The groundbreaking wonder ingredient of these coffee flour brownies probably has more to it than you realise. It’s recently been transforming classic recipes across the baking world, but if this is your first coffee flour recipe, you might be wondering what exactly this professed new super food is.
Coffee flour is a natural by-product of coffee production. It’s made from the fruit-like part of the coffee plant which encases the beans we use for our coffee. These ‘coffee cherries’ used to be discarded after the beans had been harvested but, luckily, somebody eventually realised that they’re actually quite useful. Milled and dried, they become coffee flour: a powder-like substance which is great for baking.
Whilst it actually doesn’t taste like coffee (it has more of a nutty, subtly fruity taste to it), coffee flour does contain a small amount of caffeine. It’s also rich in fibre, protein, iron, potassium, and packed with antioxidants. Whilst it would be misleading to describe these coffee flour brownies as ‘healthy’ (they’re still brownies!) they certainly contain a lot of things your body needs, and we think that puts them one step them above your average brownie.
What’s more, coffee flour is naturally gluten free, making these coffee flour brownies a delicious gluten free treat. It’s even lower in fat than other gluten-free flours like almond or coconut flour, making it more popular with people following low carb diets like the keto diet. If you are treating yourself to something sweet whilst on one of these diets, these brownies are perfect, as the high fibre content helps to counteract the constipation associated with reducing carbohydrate intake.
Before you get started on your coffee flour brownies, you’ll need to make sure you have the following ingredients:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup coffee flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1and 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350°F/ 175°C and line a medium-sized baking tray with baking paper, or grease it with butter.
- Gently melt the butter using a microwave on medium power, or by stirring it in a saucepan over a low heat
- When the butter becomes liquid, stir in the eggs, baking powder, sugar, coffee flour, sugar and vanilla
- Combine the ingredients until the mixture takes on an even consistency
- Add the chocolate chips, making sure to spread them evenly through the mixture
- Pour the brownie mixture into the greased or lined pan, and place it in the centre of the oven
- Bake for around 25 minutes, until the mixture is set
- Test by putting a sharp knife into the brownie; if it is cooked through, the knife will come out dry
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Alternatively, you may wish to serve the your coffee flour brownies hot, with ice cream or fudge sauce. In this case, allow to stand for five minutes before attempting to remove the brownies from the tray.
This recipe is rather bold in replacing the full flour content with coffee flour, whereas others tend to go half and half. The main benefit of using only coffee flour is that these brownies are totally gluten free! However, it does mean that the coffee flour flavour comes through quite strong. So, if you prefer a more subtle, traditional flavour to your brownies, you can simply replace half of the coffee flour with or gluten free flour.
And if you’re already a coffee flour baking veteran or this recipe simply isn’t experimental enough for you, feel free to play around with different flavours and ingredients that compliment the aromatic flavours of the coffee flour. Warm spices like cinnamon are ideal, and toppings like hot fudge sauce or a caramel drizzle are perfect for a more luxurious finish.
Adding a handful of chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans is a great way to add some texture to the recipe, and really compliments the nutty undertones of the coffee flour. You could also add some dried currants or raisins if you’re feeling fruity.
Whatever flavours you go for, these coffee flour brownies offer a brilliant gluten free twist on a classic recipe, and promise to be popular with all who try them.