Coffee flour, made from dried coffee fruit, is full of antioxidants and lends an earthy, tart flavor to these Coffee Flour Cacao Fat Bombs– the perfect low carb, high fat treat!
Are you surprised to hear that coffee comes from a fruit? I suppose I knew that on some level, but since our focus is on that caffeine-laden bean in the middle, it’s easy to forget about the fruit that surrounds it. Unfortunately, the coffee berry is often discarded, which is a real waste considering its nutritional benefits.
At Paleo f(x) last month, Dr. David Perlmutter gave a presentation on brain health and regeneration. Listed among the foods that are beneficial for brain cells was the lowly coffee berry (check out this article from Dr. Perlmutter’s website for more info). Coffee fruit is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and vitamins, which have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
I noticed Trader Joe’s started carrying coffee flour several months ago, but had no idea what to do with it! After listening to Dr. Perlmutter’s talk, I decided it was time to grab a bag and see what I could make with this nutritional powerhouse. With only 1g of net carbs per tablespoon, I thought it would lend itself well to a low carb, keto-friendly treat.
And so these Coffee Flour Cacao Fat Bombs were born! The coffee flour itself has a roasted, slightly bitter, slightly tart flavor to it. To me, the smell is reminiscent of black tea leaves. Mixed with cacao, coconut, nuts and seeds, these fat bombs are a perfect little pick me up.
Keep in mind, these fat bombs are not meant to be sweet like a candy, but a little bit of natural sweetener will help offset the bitterness of the cocoa and coffee flour. I am very sensitive to the taste of stevia and this pure stevia leaf powder is the only brand I can stand. A little bit goes a very long way, so a bottle will last you a long time. If you have another type of stevia you like, you are welcome to use that and sweeten to your preference. Monk fruit, xylitol, honey, or maple syrup would also work, but the amount will vary. I recommend to smart small and add more if needed.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, nuts.com sells coffee flour as well, and is a great place to grab the other nuts and seeds you’ll need for this recipe. Thrive Market is another great resource for these ingredients and tons of other healthy foods at really great prices. Start your 30-day free trial here.
Nutrition Info (per 1 fat bomb, when recipe is made into 21 servings): Calories 137, Fat 12.5g, Protein 3.2g, Carbs 3.7g, Fiber 2.3g, Net Carbs 1.4g.