Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter – a Healthier Bake
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.
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.
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 Recipe
- 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 heaped 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℃ 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.
These 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 lastly Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice