Coffee Flour Brownies

Revamp your brownie recipe to be gluten free and include the flavorful, nutritional powerhouse of coffee flour.

Coffee Flour Brownies

Have you heard of coffee flour? If not, hurry up and jump on this bandwagon with us! You won’t regret it. Created by milling the dried coffee cherry or the skin and pulp that surrounds a coffee bean, coffee flour is dark in color, rich in taste and full of nutrients. Our favorite part? It’s great for the planet. The part of the coffee plant that is used for flour has always been discarded, until now.

Plus, coffee flour has more fiber than whole grain wheat flour, more protein than fresh kale, more potassium than a banana, more antioxidants than a pomegranate, and more iron than fresh spinach. Woah.

Coffee Flour Brownies

With a fruity and earthy aroma, coffee flour is perfect in recipes that feature apple or chocolate. We loved it in our usual favorite brownie recipe (see it below) and especially loved that it made it naturally gluten free.

Chefs across the nation have been playing with coffee flour and have used it in breads, pastas (We think a filled coffee flour ravioli would be heavenly!), cookies muffins and more. Since it is a dark flour, it will make whatever you are cooking or baking darker in color too. If you are trying it in favorite recipe, be sure to increase the liquid by 10-25% and coffee flour works especially well blended with other gluten free flours like almond or coconut.

Check out their website for more tips and recipes.

We tried the coffee flour in a chocolate banana cake that traditionally uses all-purpose flour. Our first attempt? It did not go perfect. See the picture below? It looks great! However, the texture was a bit dry. We tried the recipe again and increased the hydration by 25% and also increased the sugar by an extra 2 tablespoons and it was perfect.

Coffee Flour Brownies

In our favorite brownie recipe, we swapped out the flour for coffee flour and simply increased the butter and they came out perfect. They smelled heavenly, were the perfect gooey texture, has just the right amount of earthy flavor, and we would never had known that they were gluten free.

Coffee Flour Brownies
 
Use an 8x8 inch pan
Recipe Type: Baking
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup + 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups + 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1½ cups coffee flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Over low heat or in the microwave, melt butter.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, coffee flour, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Stir in 1½ cups chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes (in a parchment or foil lined pan), or until set.

 

Annelise McAuliffe

Annelise McAuliffe

Mandatory family outings to the Detroit farmers' market and nightly home-cooked meals cultivated Annelise's respect and curiosity for food. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she spends her free time in New York City recipe testing, eating breakfast all day, and dreaming up international culinary adventures.

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12 Comments
  1. Anything new with coffee flour since you last wrote?! I just received 3-1lb. containers and I am looking forward to experimenting with it!

  2. Ok! So I bought the coffee flour at trader Joe’s to make these. I have to say, I am shocked!!! They were so dry!!! The batter was literally crumbly. I had to add 1/2 c milk, and 1 c sour cream to get it to look remotely close to a brownie batter… They are in the oven now, but I wonder if the brand I bought would be the issue? it was literally dry crumbles as I mixed… Totally crazy. Anyways, I will let you know the final results. From the smell, I am not optimistic, but being diabetic, I was excited to see a super low carb desert I could enjoy (with a sugar sub as well)…

  3. I used the coffee flour from trader joes and it came out fine. It’s got that tart flavor some coffees have. I would put more chocolate and cocoa powder next time.

  4. I’m sorry, but there is just way too much sugar in this recipe to make it an option. Healthy? I think not. And I know there are “healthy” brownie recipes out there.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts! Feel free to cut back the sugar to your tasebuds’ liking. However, this is not mean to be healthy… it’s dessert! We believe dessert should be an infrequent, delicious treat. But they are meant to be gluten free, which makes this recipe great for those that are gluten intolerant or have Celiacs disease. Happy baking!

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