I have to say that sometimes I feel like I am tempting everyones willpower too much with all the recipes I post every week. I also get tempted myself and want to eat everything I make. Sometimes it is really hard to just take a small bite to make sure the recipe turned out good and not eat the whole thing. Luckily I have a lot of hungry friends and neighbors that love to eat all these delicious desserts I make. So these decadent Double Chocolate Espresso Bars are the last recipe I will be tempting you with this week.
These bars have a crunchy chocolaty crust made of chopped pecans and almonds. Topping this delicious crust, is a silky smooth layer of chocolate. This creamy chocolate topping has a mild coffee flavor and is filled with mini dark chocolate chips.
For those of you that have food allergies, this recipe is dairy, egg, soy, gluten and grain free.
(gluten, grain, dairy, egg free)
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup almond flour
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- ¼ cup chocolate chips, plus more for topping
- ½ teaspoon ground coffee
- pinch of salt
- line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper covering all four sides
- mix all ingredients for the crust and evenly distribute across the bottom of the pan
- bake at 350°F for 10 minutes
- in a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk and honey to a light boil, then simmer on low for two hours, stirring occasionally. Do not cover the pan. You will know you cooked it long enough when the coconut milk is reduced to half and has a thicker consistency and darker color, similar to sweetened condensed milk.
- melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler
- add ¾ cup of the cooked coconut milk to the melted chocolate along with the ground coffee and salt, then stir to combine
- pour mixture over the crust and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F
- remove from oven and immediately sprinkle top with chocolate chips, then set over a wire rack to cool
- once cooled cut into squares and serve.
Recipe serves 10+ people. Keep refrigerated.