The holidays are over and it is time to start finding healthier dessert options to indulge in. How about a coffee treat as a little pick-me-up? These Healthy Espresso Coffee Cream Bars from Koffee Kult are the perfect grab-and-go treats, bursting with a great fresh coffee flavor, and best of all they are dairy, nut, and gluten free. There are several parts to these bars so let’s start with the crust.
2 tbsp. hot water
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup packed dates
Start off by roughly chopping the dates in the food processor with water. The dates should be in small chunks and then combined with the pumpkin seeds. Start the food processor again until only small pieces remain. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper before pouring mixture in. This will be your crust so pack the mixture to the bottom of pan and freeze. While that is freezing, start working on your White filling for your coffee treats.
White Filling Ingredients:
2 cups of coconut cream
4 tsp. instant espresso powder
1 tbsp. date paste
Using a hand mixer combine coconut cream and date paste until a smooth. Separate ¼ of mixture and keep at room temperature. The remaining mixture will be used to create chocolate filling.
Chocolate Coffee Filling:
4tsp. dutch cocoa poder
4tsp. instant espresso powder
4 tbsp. date paste
Starting with your white filling, add in additional date paste, cocoa powder, and freshly ground, whole coffee bean espresso powder. Combine all ingredients until smooth. Pour over frozen crust layer and place back in freezer for another 1 to 2 hours or until frozen. Then pour remaining white filling over coffee layer evenly and place back in freezer to set.
2 ½ tbsp. dutch cocoa powder
4 tbsp. coconut oil
½ tsp vanilla
2tbsp. maple syrup
Final step in our layered coffee treat is creating our decadent chocolate layer. Combine coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla in a microwave safe bowl, heat until melted. Add in cocoa powder and quickly pour over frozen bars. Pop your coffee treats back in the freezer one last time, then cut and enjoy!
Making your own coffee syrup is easier and cheaper than you may think! Not to mention, making coffee syrup at home is a lot more satisfying and more delicious in fresh coffee than premade coffee syrup is. Koffee Kult shares a few recipes for you to start making coffee syrup at home, so you can enjoy your favorite cup of joe every day. You can also put these syrups in other beverages aside from coffee; They make for a great addition to cocktails that require a simple sugar.
You will need 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to begin making coffee syrup at home. You will also need your flavor of choice that you prefer in your fresh coffee, in the form of a sauce, oil, or extract.
For caramel syrup, use 1/3 cup of caramel sauce.
For peppermint syrup, use 2 tablespoons of peppermint extract.
For vanilla syrup, use 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract.
- Put the sugar and water into a saucepan and bring it to a gentle boil. Make sure to stir often so it does not cook to the pan.
- Simmer the mixture on low for about 15 minutes, stirring on occasion.
- Make sure you cool the mixture before putting it in your container of choice, such as a bottle or nice mason jar.
- Stir the flavor into the cooked and cooled syrup.
When your syrup mixture is ready, brew a batch of fresh coffee from your favorite coffee roasters at Koffee Kult, mix it in, and enjoy!