The heavenly combo of chocolate, espresso and buttercream in the best low carb brownie recipe! Over-the-top deliciousness that’s still healthy. This post is sponsored by KitchenAid and Organic Valley.
This is a very special recipe because it marries two of my greatest loves: coffee and butter. And no, it’s not a recipe for bulletproof coffee, that blended coffee butter drink that’s all the rage right now. This recipe is a little more complicated than that. And, I would wager, a little more tasty. Or a lot more tasty, depending on how you feel about butter in your coffee. The real question is, how do you feel about coffee and butter in your brownies? Chances are you feel pretty darn good about that. I feel good about it too, as did the guests we had over for dinner when I served these.
I created this recipe because I got the chance to partner with both KitchenAid and Organic Valley together, which just so happen to be two of my favourite brands. KitchenAid kindly sent me their Nespresso machine to test out and Organic Valley sent me coupons for their delectable Pasture Butter, the seasonally-available butter made from pastured cows. Needless to say, I was in over-caffeinated low carb heaven.
The KitchenAid Nespresso machine is an absolute dream and I wonder now how I ever lived without it. To have fresh espresso at the ready every morning without camping out overnight in your local Starbucks? Priceless. And it’s good espresso too, with a beautiful thick layer of crema on top. You can adjust the size of the shot to your liking, from very small and strong to almost-Americano size, perfect for your intense cappuccinos or your mellow lattes. The machine itself is of wonderful, sturdy quality. The design is slim and sleek and it doesn’t take up much space on your counter, but it’s mostly metal and very heavy. Simply put, it’s the kind of quality you’d expect from KitchenAid. And I am delighted to find that Nespresso has quite an extensive recycling program, with many retailers accepting used pods.
I also highly recommend the milk frother that comes with it. In all my time trying to get a decent froth with various home equipment, I’ve never even come close to this little thing. It’s so quiet, you barely know it’s working, but you take off the lid and you have the most beautifully frothed milk or cream. Since I don’t drink a lot of milk, I use half and half in mine and it works like a charm. I’ve tried heavy cream but it doesn’t get as much froth, although it does warm up nicely so that you can add it to your espresso without cooling the whole drink down. I also tried full fat coconut milk and it worked very well with that too, so you have a dairy-free option.
As for the Organic Valley Pasture Butter, well that is not new to me and hardly needs a “review”. I discovered it a year or two ago and have purchased it numerous times. Because it’s only seasonally available, when the pastured milk is at its peak, I’ve been known to stock up and keep several bricks in the freezer. Truth be told, I haven’t baked with it that much because I tend to hoard it for eating as is, spreading it on low carb muffins and bread. And, admittedly, sometimes just a chunk straight into my mouth. I think it is the best store-bought butter by far, for taste, for creaminess and for healthfulness. It actually contains a higher percentage of butter fat than most butter. No wonder I love it so much! I’ve recommended it many times to readers and friends. But of course, it also bakes up beautifully as well and made for some of the most divine espresso buttercream frosting in the world. I suspect that when I die, they will have to prise bricks of Pasture Butter out of my hands.
So these low carb brownies are the perfect marriage of two wonderful products that I recommend without reservation. And they were some of the most delicious brownies I’ve ever made, so I also recommend them without reservation. They were the hit of the party and I sent my guests home with some for later. I kind of regret that, actually. Hey, can I have them back?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored content. KitchenAid provided the Nespresso machine and Organic Valley compensated me for my recipe. All opinions truly are my own. I don’t effuse about products like this unless I truly love them!
Double Espresso Brownies
- 1 ⅓ cup almond flour
- 1 cup Swerve Sweetener (more if you like it sweeter)
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup Organic Valley Pasture Butter
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 5 large eggs
- ¾ cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee about 2 medium-sized Nespresso shots, cooled
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup Pasture Butter softened
- 2 cups powdered Swerve Sweetener
- ¼ to ⅓ cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee (about 1 small Nespresso shot, cooled)
Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
- 2 teaspoon Pasture Butter
- ¼ cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300F and grease a 9x13 inch baking pan well.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate together over low heat, stirring until smooth. Add to almond flour mixture.
- Stir in eggs, cooled espresso and vanilla extract until well combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth the top.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until just set in the center. 25 minutes for more fudgy brownies, 30 minutes for more cakey brownies. Remove and let cool completely.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sweetener together until well combined. Slowly pour in cooled espresso, beating until a spreadable consistency is achieved.
- Spread frosting over cooled brownies and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter and chocolate chips. Heat on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
- Use a spoon to drizzle over frosted brownies.
Total fat: 19.70g
Calories from fat: 177
Total dietary fiber: 2.62g
Omg!!! Soooo good and decadent! My batter was quite runny but I turned up the heat after cooking 20mins to 350 and added 10 extra minutes and they came out fantastic. Thank you!!!
Are there recipe accommodations if using powdered expresso vs. liquid?
Just turn the powdered espresso into liquid by adding hot water.
I just made these and yum yum yum… One of my new favs!!
I just used strong brewed coffee and they had plenty of great coffee flavor.
I was thinking next time of adding a dollop of whipped cream on top hee hee hee!
Julie Blanner says
These look decadent! Can’t wait to make them!
Courtney O'Dell says
I dream about these brownies – so good to be able to enjoy our favorite treat again!
You had me at chocolate and espresso. Oh my goodness this looks divine. I will be making these asap!
A delicious way to indulge without the guilt!
I love all things brownies but I’ve tried espresso brownies before. Can’t wait to make them!
Kristen Moore says
SO amazing! I can’t believe I’ve missed making these the last few years and that I didn’t see this recipe sooner. They are so very yummy. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and making it easy for us to keep this life style and stay on track!
Angelica M Baeza says
Made these as my husband’s birthday treat. They were incredible! He has always been against my “healthy” treats until I started making your creations. Thank goodness I found you!
So glad they met with approval!
This recipe came out very nicely for me. It was just sweet enough. However, I did find the brownie to be less dense or brownie-like than I would have liked. Is this because of the almond flour? Any way to get more substance to almond flour cakes in general?
What kind of almond flour did you use?
Stephanie Deal says
I made these tonight for our football tailgate tomorrow and they are AMAZING. 🙂
I didn’t put the chocolate ganache on top — I just simply sprinkled cocoa powder lightly on the top and they are so pretty and taste fabulous. Thx for another great recipe!!
The batter I made seemed thin, more like a cake batter than a brownie batter. Is that right? Unfortunately my Pyrex exploded coming out of the oven and I couldn’t taste these. When I remake should I use less espresso so that the batter is thicker?
It should be pourable but still quite thick. Hope that helps!
Thanks. They turned out beautifully. I ran out of confectioners sugar so I used the German chocolate brownie topping. So yummy.
I followed this recipe to a “T” and the taste is good but the texture is terrible, dust like. I used coconut flour. Would this create a problem? Not enough liquid in recipe,had to pat batter into pan.
You did not follow the recipe to a T if you used coconut flour. This recipe is for almond flour only and it states almond flour in the ingredient list. They are VERY different and cannot be substituted for each other one for one. Please read my posts on baking with almond flour and baking with coconut flour and you will begin to understand why. https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2013/04/low-carb-basics-baking-with-coconut-flour.html
Thanks. Next time I use the recipe, I’ll be sure to use almond flour.
Maria Rivera says
what can I use for Almond Flour substitute?
Sunflower seed flour http://amzn.to/2j5dKYq
Bernadette Wheeler says
Do you think these would freeze ok?
I have made them a couple of times and get raves from everyone, even people who don’t do the gluten and sugar free thing. They’re also quite pretty.
I think they would freeze well enough. The frosting might change consistency a bit upon thawing.