If you’re not a fan of coffee, you might want to move on. This recipe probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re an coffee-lover like me, you’ve come to the right place! These no-bake chocolate espresso brownies will be right up your alley.
Oh, and did I mention, these brownies are vegan…and gluten-free…and have no added sugar…and are high in antioxidants…and are kind of amazing? Yep, it’s true!
That Caffeine Kick
My only tip for making these bars would be to not sample them in the evening, or you might lay tossing and turning when bedtime comes. Ahem…that totally didn’t happen to me. These have a very strong espresso flavour, they almost taste like chocolate-covered espresso beans. If you prefer a sweeter bar, you could reduce the espresso to 1 tbsp and add 1 tbsp of maple syrup.
You might want to enjoy these bars before lunchtime to prevent any disruption of sleep. Luckily, you can completely get away with eating them for breakfast because they’re made with simple, whole food ingredients.
Espresso For Pre-Workout
These would also make a fantastic pre-workout snack. You’ll get a little energy boost from the caffeine and energizing, clean carbohydrates from the dates. Plus the almonds and almond butter provide some protein and essential fatty acids. If you want to use them as a pre-workout energy snack, I would recommend rolling the dough into balls for a quick snack you can just pop and go!
No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Brownies
Guess what? You only need 5 basic ingredients to make these, plus vanilla and sea salt which are optional but recommended to enhance the flavour. If you don’t have an espresso maker, you can use strongly brewed coffee in it’s place. I actually stopped off at Starbucks one day and ordered two shots of espresso just to make these, so there’s always that option!
No-Bake Brownies are the Best Brownies
You will be amazed at how rich, decadent and fudge-like these no-bake brownies are. The chocolate, almond and espresso are amazing together and pure vanilla and sea salt really bring out those flavours. If you use raw cacao powder, they’ll be chock-full of antioxidants and the dates, almonds and almond butter all add their own host of health benefits.Print
- Place almonds in a food processor or high-powered blender and mix until mostly broken down.
- Add dates and continue to process. If your dates aren’t soft enough, soak in warm first.
- Add almond butter, cocoa, espresso, vanilla and sea salt and process until mixed.
- Press dough into a lined loaf pan for thick bars, a square baking pan for a thinner bar, or roll into balls.
- Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, overnight is ideal.
- Remove from pan and cut into bars.
- Store in a container in the fridge.
You’ll want to use fresh, soft dates in this recipe. If the dates you have are very dry, you can soak them in hot water for 10 minutes and drain before using.