Coffee flour muffins are a brilliantly versatile snack that can be adapted for numerous occasions. They’re great for lunchboxes, afternoon tea, or even breakfast on-the-move. Whilst the caffeine content of coffee flour is relatively low, its nutty, festive flavour brings a special twist to any muffin recipe. But what really earns these coffee flour muffins their cape as a ‘super snack’ is that coffee flour is good for us, and for our planet.
Packed with potassium, protein, fibre, iron and antioxidants, coffee flour has a lot more nutritional value than your standard baking ingredient. And as the ‘coffee cherries’ it’s produced from would otherwise be discarded during the process of coffee production, coffee flour is a sustainable, waste-reducing product. What more could you ask for!?
To make 15 generously sized coffee flour muffins, you’ll need the following ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups coffee flour
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Before you begin, turn on the oven to preheat to 350°F/ 175°C and place 15 muffin cases into a muffin pan ready for the mixture.
- Add the coconut oil, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla to a large mixing bowl
- Combine by whisking or using an electric mixer, until the ingredients have blended to form one smooth, consistent mixture
- To the same bowl add the coffee flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt
- Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are fully blended
- Pour the mixture into the muffin cases. The mixture will rise as it bakes, so fill each liner around three quarters full, leaving space at the top
- Bake for around 20-25 minutes, until the mixture has risen and the tops of the muffins have become firm
- To test, stick a sharp knife into one of the muffins; if it comes out clean, the muffins are cooked through
- Remove the muffins from the oven and the muffin tray. Place them on a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
With the distinctive flavour of the coffee flour, these muffins are already tasty enough, but you can also adapt this recipe in numerous ways for something extra special. You may way to try:
Coffee flour banana-nut breakfast muffins
Who doesn’t love a breakfast muffin? After all, you can’t beat cake for breakfast, and baking is a great way to use up any bananas which are past their best. Simply peel and mash three ripe bananas and add them to the bowl when you combine the wet ingredients.
Once you’ve poured the finished mixture into
the muffin cases add chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best) on top, along
with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. These breakfast muffins are filling,
delicious, packed with nutrients, and easy to grab and go in the morning!
Red velvet coffee flour muffins
Red velvet has been one of the most popular baking themes of recent few years and goes really well with the coffee flour flavours. Add 3/4 cup of buttermilk and one tbsp red food colouring to the wet ingredients and follow the recipe as normal.
Whilst the muffins are baking, prepare the
topping by whisking 4 ounces of cream cheese with 2 tbsp granulated sugar and
1/2 tsp vanilla. Spoon this mixture onto the top of the muffins once they’ve
completely cooled, and add dark chocolate sprinkles to finish off. Pure,
Tiramisu coffee flour muffins
Coffee flour does naturally contain a small amount of caffeine, but if you really want to get a kick out of your muffins, try this tiramisu muffin recipe. Just add 1/4 cup of brewed coffee (cooled) and a splash of brandy or cream liqueur along with the wet ingredients.
Once the muffins have cooled, add a swirl of whipped cream and a generous sprinkle of chocolate powder. ‘Tiramisu’ in Italian means ‘pick me up’, and this recipe guarantees to do just that!
These are just a few ideas, but the coffee flour muffin recipe can be adapted to suit pretty much any of your favourite muffin flavours. Experiment and enjoy, you’ll soon have all your friends asking what your secret ingredient is when they’ve tasted your coffee flour muffins!