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Chocolate Coffee Brownies

I never met a brownie I didn’t like. But THESE extra delicious Chocolate Coffee Brownies are my #1. They are paleo and keto-friendly, super easy, and provide you with an extra boost of energy.  

You’ll certainly want to give these a try, especially if you’re crazy about coffee desserts.

Coffee brownies from scratch are definitely a fav! Box brownies are easy…yes, we all know that. But if you are a tried and true brownie lover, skip the box and give it a good ol’, scratch baking, college try.


INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE COFFEE BROWNIES

Almond flour – The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in almond flour can provide important health benefits. For example, manganese helps the body properly clot blood, allowing it to heal after injuries. Manganese also helps the body break down carbohydrates and cholesterol. Almond flour is also rich in magnesium, which can help you better control your blood sugar levels.

Baking powder – Baking powder is made up of Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate), and cornstarch.  Baking powder works by releasing carbon dioxide gas into a batter or dough through an acid-base reaction, causing bubbles in the wet mixture to expand and thus leavening the mixture. It also makes for a great homemade toothpaste!

Instant coffee – you might not think instant coffee has any health benefits associated with it.  Truth is, it actually contains antioxidants which are awesome for you!  Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the modern diet (2). Its high antioxidant content is believed to be responsible for many of its associated health benefits (3). And just like regular coffee, instant coffee contains many powerful antioxidants.

Sugar free chocolate chips – I used Trader Joes chocolate chips sweetened with maltitol, a low-glycemic index sugar alcohol. 13 g total carbs in a 25 g serving. Great for diabetics or others struggling with insulin resistance.

Egg – One egg contains 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.

Eggs also contain lots of trace minerals that are important for your body. I would consider an egg a super food.

Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract is life. It really takes this lemon curd cheesecake recipe from good to great. We suggest splurging on a high quality pure vanilla extract. You won’t regret it.

Cacao powder – cocoa powder is chuck full of healthy antioxidants. And, no sugar!  Boom.

Erythritol – is zero-calorie, non-glycemic and measures cup-for-cup like sugar. It’s sweet, safe and natural.

Butter – Butter gets a bad wrap and I’m asked all the time… “what exactly is butter and why do people think it’s so bad?” Butter is a dairy product made by churning milk, a process separating the solid fats from the liquid, known as buttermilk. I like butter because it is calorie dense, contains a lot of Vitamin A, and Vitamin E, B12, and K. Butter also is an excellent source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) — a type of fat found in meat and dairy products. CLA has been linked to impressive health benefits.


Here are a few tips to help you create the best brownie:

1. Use room temperature eggs.  Reason being, that if your cocoa/ghee mixture is not hot enough (and your eggs are cold), they’ll solidify the butter and your batter will be too thick. This does not effect the end result, its just annoying to pour.

2. You can store brownies in the fridge for up to 5 days. The first two days you will find offer you the best quality brownies.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COFFEE BROWNIES

In a medium bowl whisk almond flour, baking powder, sweetener, cocoa powder, and instant coffee (you can also substitute espresso for the instant coffee)

In another bowl melt chocolate and butter and whisk in the eggs and vanilla 

Add to dry ingredients and mix well 

Transfer batter into baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and enjoy

Chocolate Coffee Brownies

I never met a brownie I didn’t like. But THESE extra delicious Chocolate Coffee Brownies are my #1. They are paleo and keto-friendly, super easy, and provide you with an extra boost of energy.  
You’ll certainly want to give these a try, especially if you’re crazy about coffee desserts.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup Almond Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Instant Coffee You can substitute espresso for the instant coffee
  • 2 oz Sugar Free Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • cup Erythritol 
  • 8 tbsp Butter

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl whisk almond flour, baking powder, sweetener, cocoa powder, and instant coffee.
  • In another bowl melt chocolate and butter and whisk in the eggs and vanilla. 
  • Add to dry ingredients and mix well. 
  • Transfer batter into baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and enjoy!
Keyword Dessert

References:

1-Ki Won Lee  1 , Hyong Joo LeeHong Yon ChoYoung Jun Kim. Role of the conjugated linoleic acid in the prevention of cancer. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2005;45(2):135-44. doi: 10.1080/10408690490911800.

2. Coffee and beverages are the major contributors to polyphenol consumption from food and beverages in Japanese middle-aged women. Yoichi FukushimaTakeshi TashiroAkiko KumagaiHiroyuki OhyanagiTakumi HoriuchiKazuhiro TakizawaNorie Sugihara, Yoshimi Kishimoto,  Chie TaguchiMariko TaniKazuo Kondo, J Nutr Sci. 2014 Oct 22;3:e48. doi: 10.1017/jns.2014.19. eCollection 2014

3. Cellular Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Coffee Extracts with Different Roasting Levels. Soohan JungMin Hyung KimJae Hee ParkYoonhwa JeongKwang Suk Ko. Med Food. 2017 Jun;20(6):626-635. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2017.3935. Epub 2017 Jun 5.

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