Coffee & Cookie Brownie Bars. (Paleo/Gluten/Grain/Egg/Dairy/Sugar Free)

Coffee & Cookie Brownie Bars. (Paleo/Gluten/Grain/Egg/Dairy/Sugar Free)

These bars are the best of both worlds! Cookies and brownies mixed together with a touch of coffee flavor. I brought them to a big family gathering this weekend and they were gone in about 60 seconds. Might I mention..there were tons of other desserts available (and this was not a gluten free crowd). Not only are they showstoppers with their marbled look but they are moist and taste incredible.

Coffee & Cookie Brownie Bars.


    For the Brownie Layer
  • 1 1/2 packed cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (ANY variety of granulated.)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoon shortening
  • 3 Tablespoons milk ( dairy or non-dairy, any variety)
  • 2 Tablespoons finely ground coffee (preferably a dark roast for bolder flavor)
  • For the cookie layer
  • 2 packed cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (ANY variety of granulated.)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoon shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoon milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips (regular or dairy free)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a square 8 by 8 (or something close in size) baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In one bowl, mix together the ingredients for the brownies. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the ingredients for the cookies. (For each of these doughs you may need to use your hands to mix- Almond flour is funny in that it seems dry in recipes until its mixed really well)
  3. To get a nice marble affect as I did- roll the brownie batter into heaping tablespoon sized dough balls. Wash your hands and then do the same for the chocolate chip cookie dough. Drop the balls of dough into the pan so that they alternate in color.
  4. Once all the dough is in the pan, lightly press down on top with a sheet of parchment paper so that the brownie and cookie dough come together.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned.


To make this recipe sugar free pick up a bar or two of unsweetened dark chocolate or Simply Lite Chocolate – cut the bar into chunks and use instead of chocolate chips! OR use Cacao Nibs! For the Sugar use Xylitol, Erythritol or Truvia Baking Blend. Instead of blanched almond flour feel free to use another homemade nut or seed flour. Sunflower seed flour reacts to baking soda and powder and turns green if you surpass a certain amount of baking powder per cup of flour. (I don’t know what this exact amount is and will be toying with this in the future.) This is something to be aware of if you try using homemade sunflower seed flour. If your bars turn green- then try using less baking powder in the recipe than I have called for. To make your own Nut or Seed flour: simply run the nut or seed in a high powdered blender or coffee grinder until you have a super fine flour. (If the flour is course- the recipe might not work as well.) Coconut flour or any of the starchy grain based flours will NOT work in this recipe. To make the recipe Paleo: For the sugar use Coconut Palm Sugar . Feel free to use any granulated sugar of choice in these bars- the key is that it must be granulated- liquid sweeteners will make the dough for both the cookies and brownies too wet. If you need to avoid coffee- feel free to leave it out of the recipe! The bars will still taste fantastic.


Brittany Angell

19 comments | Leave your own

  1. Danette

    I thought coffee was off limits with Hashimoto’s. Does it not cause any issues for you? Seeing this recipe gave me hope that I may have coffee again some day πŸ™‚

  2. Annie

    can you replace the 1/2 cup sugar with anything for the cookie layer? can I use honey, do you think?

  3. sarah

    I really enjoy your blog and recipes, you do an amazing job. Thank you. I always find it curious with how little wet ingrediants you use? If I follow what you call for the dough doesnt even form, and they are rock hard. I always add in more liquid. Maybe this is due to where I live (Portland) ?

  4. Karin

    Is this regular grind coffee or instant? We have a family reunion this weekend and was thinking of trying this.

  5. J

    I made these tonight, and they were delicious! I used coconut oil, almond milk, coconut palm sugar, and real choc chips (ghiradelli 60% – it’s the only thing I couldn’t compromise!). I feel like you probably want to bake these on the longer side. Of course everyone’s ovens are different, and which ingredients you choose affects it, I’m sure, but I baked mine for about 32 minutes, and the middle ones were still a little mushy – sort of tasted like homemade lara bars. Definitely still delicious, and it didn’t stop us from having them! If you want them to have more of a baked goods texture, definitely bake them on the longer side of the range, IMO. Thank you so much for this recipe! This is the first recipe of yours I’ve tried, and I can’t wait to try more and more!

  6. d

    The recipe title states, “sugar free”. There is one full cup of sugar for the total recipe. Sugar is sugar. Am I missing something here?

  7. tereza crump aka mytreasuredcreations

    this looks ridiculously good. We just began a wheat free diet yesterday and this will definitely be a recipe I will be making this coming weekend. πŸ™‚ thanks so much. You saved my kids lives. πŸ™‚

  8. Purelytwins

    looks amazing!!

  9. Donna

    I am venturing into paleo from GF/DF and have been eyeing your brownies. Made them last night, on crutches, no less, and found them divine. Truly remarkable considering they possess no eggs, dairy, grain. In lieu of the coffee powder, I used 2 T of brewed coffee left in my pot from the a.m. with 1 T of DF coffee creamer. Wowza. Thanks much for the inspiration and evening treat.

  10. Kate

    Is a tablespoon of vanilla a typo or is that the correct amount? It just seems like a lot of vanilla..

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  12. Holly

    I made these and served them when we had company over. The kids all asked for seconds and thirds! My son told me they were the best brownies he had ever tasted. They were so moist and delicious! This will be a new staple recipe in our household! πŸ™‚

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