This easy Coffee Chocolate Bar Recipe uses just 3 simple ingredients, no double broiler, and no added oil. The chocolate flavors and coffee flavors marry perfectly in this easy desert.
If you're a coffee lover with a penchant for all things chocolate, you're in for a delightful treat! In this Coffee Chocolate Bar Recipe, I'll guide you through creating a deliciously easy treat that combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate with the invigorating essence of coffee.
As I've grown older, my love for coffee has blossomed into a true appreciation for its rich flavors and invigorating effects. It's funny to think that I was once 100% anti-caffeine, as it used to make me incredibly anxious. However, over time, I've found that I can tolerate it more, and it has opened up a whole new world for me. I've enjoyed immersing myself in the vast and intricate realm of coffee, going beyond just a weak cup of decaf. Exploring different brewing methods, experimenting with various roasts, and discovering unique flavor profiles has become a delightful adventure for me. It's amazing how something as simple as a cup of coffee can provide such joy and connection to a community of passionate coffee lovers.
Alex and I have been seeking out all of the little diners in Portland that have tofu scrambles or other vegan and gluten-free breakfast options and it's been a blast ranking both their scrambles and coffee. And their mugs. It's wild how a certain type of mug makes me enjoy the cup that much more. Are you the same?
Back to chocolate.
With a simple list of ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, these bars are perfect for indulging your sweet tooth or sharing with friends and family. I've kept this recipe simple as other version online use random ingredients like cocoa butter, almond butter or peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla wafers for crunch, milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream, coconut oil white chocolate, and cream cheese?, what in the world.
I want simple, I don't know about you but even as an obvious lover of food, there's nothing I hate more than a recipe with a million unnecessary ingredients to make a subpar final product.
It's not like I'm reinventing the wheel here. Let's be honest. All I've done is add instant coffee granules to melted chocolate and called it a day.
But, sometimes like in art, the key is to know when to stop, when to not overdo. There's a line there right? And, most of the time, what you leave out makes much more of a difference than what you leave in.
So, grab your favorite mug, let the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fill the air, and let's make some chocolate.
- 16 ounces high-quality dark chocolate - not chocolate bark, for a sweeter chocolate bar, opt for something around 50-75% cacao and something between 75-100% for a darker more bitter chocolate bar
- 2 tablespoons espresso powder - you can also use very finely ground coffee beans
- Whole or crushed coffee beans - optional, for added crunch
To start, gather your ingredients. You'll need 16 ounces of dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons of espresso powder, and whole espresso beans for an added crunch. Also, grab a large sheet pan or baking dish and line it with parchment paper for easy removal of the bars later. You can also use chocolate bar molds.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, break the dark chocolate into smaller pieces and melt it in the microwave. Heat the chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring in between until it becomes smooth and fully melted. Be careful not to overheat it, as chocolate can burn easily.
- Once the chocolate is melted, add the espresso powder to the bowl. Mix it well into the chocolate until the espresso flavor is evenly incorporated. Now, pour the chocolate mixture onto the prepared sheet pan or into chocolate bar molds. Use a spatula to spread it evenly, ensuring a consistent thickness throughout.
- Sprinkle the top of the chocolate mixture with whole or crushed coffee beans. This adds an appealing visual element and a burst of coffee flavor that complements the richness of the chocolate. Feel free to get creative with your coffee bean placement for a unique aesthetic.
- Place the sheet pan or molds in the refrigerator to allow the bars to set. This will take approximately one hour, but you can check by gently tapping the surface—when it feels firm and no longer sticky, they're ready.
- Once the bars have set, remove from the refrigerator. Break or cut the slab of chocolate into smaller, bite-sized pieces using a sharp knife.
You can savor them immediately or store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Whether you indulge in them as an afternoon snack or share them with loved ones during special occasions, these bars will be a delightful treat.
Coffee Chocolate Bar Recipe Variations
If you're looking to add a twist to your Vegan Chocolate Coffee Bars and take them to the next level, here are some creative variations to explore:
Add a crunchy element by incorporating your favorite nuts into the chocolate coffee bars. Chopped almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts can be mixed into the chocolate mixture before spreading it on the sheet pan or pouring into molds. The combination of rich chocolate, bold coffee, and nutty goodness will leave you craving more.
Peanut Butter / Nut Butter:
If you're a fan of the classic chocolate and peanut butter combination, swirl some creamy peanut butter into the melted chocolate. The resulting fusion of flavors will create a heavenly treat that's hard to resist.
Infuse your chocolate coffee bars with a refreshing twist by adding a few drops of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate mixture. The combination of cool mint and deep coffee notes will awaken your senses and provide a delightful contrast to the richness of the chocolate.
Drizzle a generous amount of homemade salted caramel into the melted chocolate. So delicious.
Black and White:
For a visually stunning presentation, alternate layers of dark chocolate and melted white chocolate. This contrast of colors and flavors will add an elegant touch.
Kick things up a notch by adding a pinch of ground cinnamon, a dash of cayenne pepper, or a sprinkle of chili powder to the chocolate mixture. This unexpected twist will add a delightful warmth and create a flavor combination that's both comforting and exciting.
These variations are just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations to find your own unique twist.
After all, the joy of baking lies in discovering new flavors and sharing them with family and friends. So, let your imagination run wild.
Coffee + Chocolate = ❤️
Whether you're a chocolate aficionado or a coffee enthusiast, this recipe is sure to become a go-to favorite. So, with easy steps and simple ingredients, get ready to satisfy your cravings with this Coffee Chocolate Bar recipe, happy snacking!
Coffee Chocolate Bar Recipe
- 16 ounces high-quality dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons espresso powder
- Whole or crushed coffee beans - optional for added crunch
- Line a sheet pan or baking dish with parchment paper or grab some chocolate bar molds.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring in between until it becomes smooth and fully melted. Be careful not to overheat it, as chocolate can burn easily.
- Once melted, mix in the espresso powder.
- Pour the chocolate mixture onto the prepared sheet pan/baking dish or into chocolate bar molds.
- Sprinkle the top of the chocolate mixture with whole or crushed coffee beans if desired.
- Transfer to the refrigerator for at least one hour to set.
- Once set, remove from the refrigerator and break or cut the slab of chocolate into smaller, bite-sized pieces using a sharp knife or simply remove the bars from the molds.