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Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter – a Healthier Bake

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

Delicious fudgy chocolate brownies with a hint of coffee and a swirl of unctuous almond nut butter. Whilst you couldn’t call these coffee brownies good for you, the ingredients used are healthier than your average brownie.

There’s no doubt about it, brownies are never going to be super healthy. However, as regular readers will know, they are one of my favourite bakes so I do like to make an attempt to up their nutritional value. These coffee brownies with almond nut butter are similar to my winning healthier brownies with cashew nut butter. They are simple to make and are just as fudgy and delicious as you’d expect a good brownie to be.

Coffee & Almond Butter

Some time ago I saw a post over at Food to Glow for espresso nut butter. For some reason this mix has been mulling in the back of my mind ever since. Finally, it popped to the fore and inspired me to make these coffee brownies with almond nut butter. If you need a bit of a wake up to your afternoon, the combination of coffee and cocoa should do the trick. But don’t worry, there’s not nearly enough of either to stop you from sleeping later on – well not unless you eat the lot in one sitting. The coffee flavour complements and reinforces the chocolate without overpowering it and marries delightfully with the unctuous almond butter.

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

We Should Cocoa

Every month I run a blog link-up for anything made with chocolate. On the first of the following month I publish a post with a picture and link to all the wondrous recipes that have been shared. We Should Cocoa has been running for nearly seven years now and there is a wealth of chocolate recipes to be found in its archives. If you’d like to join in, instructions and a link to the current month can be found on the We Should Cocoa page.

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

A Healthier Bake

These coffee brownies with almond nut butter may still be hugely calorific, but I’ve substituted the classic “heart attack” components for some healthier ingredients. I used coconut oil and almond butter rather than dairy butter, 85% dark chocolate rather than 70% and coconut sugar rather than refined sugar. Sprouted flour is said to be easier on the human digestive system than conventional flours. It’s also meant to increase the nutritional value with more B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, fiber, and essential amino acids. What could I do? I just had to replace regular flour with sprouted flour.

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

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Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter – The Recipe

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Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

Delicious fudgy chocolate brownies with a hint of coffee and a swirl of unctuous almond nut butter. Ingredients used are healthier than the average.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Picnics, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter, brownies, coffee, healthy
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 250kcal


  • 80 g coconut oil
  • 2 heaped tbsp almond nut butter
  • 2 heaped tsp instant coffee
  • 150 g dark chocolate (I used 85%)
  • 200 g coconut sugar (you can substitute rapadura or unrefined light brown sugar)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 60 g sprouted wheat flour (you can substitute kamut, freekah, spelt or wholemeal flour)
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tarter


  • Melt the coconut oil, 1 tbsp of the almond butter, coffee and chocolate together in a large pan over a gentle heat.
  • Turn of the heat and stir in the coconut sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs one by one.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Scrape into a 20cm sq. silicone mould or lined tin.
  • Spoon in the remaining nut butter and using a knife swirl amongst the batter to create a marbled effect.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 to 25 minutes or until almost firm on top, but with a slight wobble. Allow to cool, then cut into 12 pieces.


Can substitute ¾ tsp of baking powder for the bicarb and cream of tarter.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg


We Should Cocoa LogoThese coffee brownies with almond nut butter form my entry to this month’s We Should Cocoa.

I’m also sharing these unctuous delights with Love Cake at Jibber Jabber UK as the theme is brownies this month.

And they also go to Bake of the Week with Casa Costello and Mummy Mishaps.

And lastly Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice


  1. Kavey Favelle

    16th June 2017 at 2:18 pm

    These look and sound gorgeous and while as you say calorific, they are healthier ingredients than many of the processed sweet treats out there, so a good way of treating yourself without being tooooo naughty!

    • Choclette

      16th June 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Well that’s how I figure it Kavey. Given that I have a sweet tooth and will be tempted by something I shouldn’t, it’s definitely better to have a homemade treat.

  2. Corina Blum

    16th June 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I can never resist brownies! I think these look great with the swirl of almond nut butter in them and I’m sure they taste delicious. I also love the fact that with the coffee in too they’d be great at giving that little pick-me-up I usually feel I need at this time of day! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

    • Choclette

      20th June 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks Corina. Apologies for the delay in replying, I just found your comment in my spam folder. I need to remember to look more often!

  3. Kellie@foodtoglow

    16th June 2017 at 3:01 pm

    These look fantastic! I love healthier brownies like this so much, and the touch of coffee is always welcome. I’m glad to see you put your sprouted flour to good use.

    • Choclette

      16th June 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Kellie and thank you for the inspiration. One day I will get around to making some coffee nut butter.

  4. Bethany

    16th June 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Love the idea of coffee brownies! These look delicious!

    • Choclette

      17th June 2017 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Bethany. Coffee definitely adds a little pick-me-up.

  5. Heidi Roberts

    16th June 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to brownies but these do sound like I should try them!

    • Choclette

      17th June 2017 at 11:19 am

      Well, I can understand why Heidi. Traditional brownies are so good. But these aren’t bad either 😉

  6. Claire Jessiman

    16th June 2017 at 9:49 pm

    These look amazing! The swirl looks like gold.

    • Choclette

      17th June 2017 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Claire. It looked even better before I cut it all up.

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    17th June 2017 at 11:51 am

    A healthier brownie recipe…I love that you used sprouted flour here.

    • Choclette

      17th June 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Angie. Flour seems to be getting more and more exciting.

  8. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    17th June 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Now THEY look DELICIOUS! loving all the substitutions…… they do almost sound healthy!

    • Choclette

      19th June 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Well yes, almost ….. It makes me feel a bit better about over indulging 😉

  9. jenny paulin

    19th June 2017 at 8:34 pm

    mmmmm your borings look so delicious. I like how you have made a healthier version, because as much as I adore brownies, they are packed full of so much sugar! I always add less than most recipes state, as it is obscene!
    Thank you for linking to #BakeoftheWeek x

    • jenny paulin

      19th June 2017 at 8:42 pm

      I didn’t mean borings!!! I meant brownies! sorry for the typo x

      • Choclette

        20th June 2017 at 1:12 pm

        Hahaha, I could really take offence at that 😉

    • Choclette

      20th June 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Yes, the sugar content of your average brownie is outrageous. This recipe uses less sugar as well as a less refined form of sugar. They’re still delicious.

  10. Jo Allison/Jo's Kitchen Larder

    19th June 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Coffee and chocolate sound simply perfect. I’m intrigued by almond butter swirl as being a huge peanut butter fan (eating it out of the jar with the spoon kind of fan) I never ventured into the world of other nut butters. Perhaps it would be a time to give them a chance. 🙂

    • Choclette

      20th June 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Oh yes Jo, you must try some of the others. Cashew nut and almond are my favourites. Although peanut butter is very good too 🙂

  11. Galina V

    25th June 2017 at 11:10 am

    Totally irresistible brownies! Fantastic flavours. I have tried cashew butter before, but not sure if I ever bought almond butter. I’ve seen it in the health food shops. Must get a jar.

    • Choclette

      26th June 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thanks Galina. Almond butter is lush, though these brownies would work well with any nut butter I reckon.

  12. Ness

    26th June 2017 at 8:14 pm

    What clever substitutions you have made. You could almost have a slice feeling completely guilt free (actually I always do!)

    • Choclette

      27th June 2017 at 10:44 am

      Haha, thanks Ness. I don’t feel guilty either. Why ruin the moment?

  13. Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

    3rd July 2017 at 11:27 am

    You got me at coffee brownies! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Choclette

      4th July 2017 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Jhuls. There is something very enticing about coffee and chocolate 🙂

  14. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    17th July 2017 at 3:21 pm

    They sound delicious and the swirl on top is very attractive

    • Choclette

      20th July 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks Kat. It’s not often you can say a brownie looks attractive and coming from you I take that as a real compliment.


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