Every now and then I find a new food product I’ve never heard of and simply must try. Enter coffee flour. Not only does it add the coffee essence to baked goods, I was surprised to learn it has amazing health benefits, too.
I love the flavor of coffee in almost every form but I don’t drink it because of the caffeine (I get my ‘kicks’ from kale;-) Every year, billions of pounds of coffee fruit are discarded as a byproduct of coffee production. Instead of leaving the fruit to rot as waste, coffee flour was created to convert the leftover fruit into a tasty, nutritious flour that can be used for baking, cooking and making beverages. High in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, coffee flour is a non-GMO food that is naturally gluten-free. Not only is coffee flour a perfectly versatile ingredient, it also helps create jobs for farmers and protect the environment.
As for its health benefits, coffee flour has more fiber than whole-wheat, less fat than coconut flour, and more potassium than a banana.
Like most flours, there are a multitude of ways to use coffee flour. I purchased mine from Trader Joe’s which comes with a recipe on the back of the package. I decided to try it that way first before tweaking it myself, and what I found was something so decadent and irresistible…it might just become part of my own sweet repertoire.
Coffee Flour Brownies
By using a package mix, I felt a little like Sandra Lee on Food Network from “Semi Homemade.” But hey, we all need shortcuts every now and then and this one is the BOMB.
1 bag of Pamela’s Brownie Mix (gluten free) – or your favorite brand
* ½ cup grapeseed oil – or other neutral tasting one
* 1 pastured egg, large – or flax egg for vegans
* ¼ cup water – or coffee for more intense flavor
* ½ cup chopped nuts
*3 TB coffee flour
Preheat oven to 350°
Lightly grease pan or line with parchment and lightly spray or grease paper (for easy removal). Slowly incorporate all ingredients with a spoon, batter will be thick (if adding nuts, add them after you combine the other ingredients). Do not over mix. Pour into pan, smoothing evenly to the edges. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of brownies comes out with slight crumbs. Do not over bake – you want to make sure it has the fudge texture.