This gluten-free chocolate coffee flour muffins recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for food and nutrition on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
Coffee flour is not just any other superfood. It checks off all the boxes of the perfect alternative baking flour, and then some; it’s nutritious, gluten-free, and easy-to-use. But the best part is that coffee flour is more than just a great baking product to keep in your pantry. It was born from a mission of sustainability, and I truly believe it lives up to its hype.
Created as a solution to an environmental problem, this unique flour is made from coffee fruit, the byproduct of coffee production. Every year, billions of pounds of coffee fruit are discarded and end up polluting local water sources. Instead of leaving the fruit to rot away and harm the environment, it can be converted into a healthy flour for baking, cooking and more. The purpose of coffee flour is to create a nutritious food out of something that would otherwise be treated as waste.
Coffee flour’s mission of sustainability doesn’t stop there. It provides an additional revenue stream for coffee farmers because new jobs are created in order to mill and process the fruit. The coffee industry as a whole stands to be revolutionized by this superfood thanks to its positive social, economic, and environmental impact.
A nutritional powerhouse, coffee flour is extremely high in fiber, and a good source of protein, calcium and iron. Just a little bit can give your diet a major health boost. Plus, it’s easy to incorporate coffee flour into recipes. As a general rule of thumb, you can use 30 percent coffee flour in place of traditional flours in baked goods. Although coffee flour cannot be used as a one-to-one replacement for all-purpose flour, it can help to increase the nutritional content of muffins, cookies, breads and more. In baking, coffee flour behaves similarly to cocoa powder.
You might expect the flour to have a coffee-like taste, but the flavor is actually reminiscent of tea. It also only contains a very small amount of caffeine, unlike coffee. Just a couple tablespoons of coffee flour added to smoothies, soups, and sauces can provide a nutritional boost.
For these gluten-free chocolate coffee flour muffins, I also incorporated cacao powder and freshly brewed coffee to create a popular flavor combination. I topped the muffins with chopped hazelnuts, but you could also use chocolate chips, shredded coconut, or other toppings of your choice. These muffins can be served for breakfast, as a snack, or frozen for later and enjoyed as an on-the-go sweet treat when you’re in a rush.
I’m sure you’ll fall in love with coffee flour once you give it a try! Start with my coffee flour muffins recipe and see where your creativity takes you next time.
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.