Greetings, my dear readers. It is my utmost pleasure to share a delightful recipe I recently stumbled upon at my favorite cafe – the Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars. These indulgent bars are simply divine, a perfect combination of nutty almond paste, smooth chocolate, and bold coffee flavors that will leave you begging for more.
As a barista, I am constantly trying new recipes and experimenting with various ingredients. But when I tasted these bars for the first time, they stole my heart. I was immediately hooked on their chewy texture and rich flavor that provided the perfect pick-me-up at any time of day.
The Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars are perfect for those moments when you want to indulge yourself or treat your loved ones to something special. They can be whipped up in just under an hour and require very few ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand.
If you’re a fan of anything mocha, chocolate, and almond-flavored like me, then you must give this recipe a try. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you! So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s get started on this delicious adventure together.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
As a barista and a lover of all things coffee, I can’t help but rave about the Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars recipe. Let me tell you why you’ll love it too.
First and foremost, this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter – with the rich taste of chocolate and the nutty flavor of almond paste, all while utilizing the smoothness of powdered instant coffee. You will be surprised how delicious all these flavors combine together.
But not only is it delicious, it’s also easy to make. The steps are straightforward, uncomplicated, and require basic kitchen tools such as measuring cups and an oven. It is perfect for beginners who would like to try baking something new.
Additionally, this recipe is versatile in terms of its usage, from homemade desserts to snack options. For those who crave a satisfying pick-me-up through their day without cutting out the sugar completely or for those who wants healthy options for snacks, then this recipe got you covered! With ingredients such as flour, rolled oats, and granola bars combined with healthy fats like coconut oil and almond butter – it’s a protein-packed snack that keeps you satiated.
Lastly, this recipe allows you to explore variations according to your liking! Try adding some nuts or dark chocolate chips to add more texture to your bars—the possibilities are endless, and every variation is just as delicious as the last.
Trust me on this one; give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need to make these irresistible chocolate mocha almond bars:
For the Bars:
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup of almond paste
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of powdered instant coffee (such as espresso powder)
- 1/2 cup of chopped mocha almond or any other flavored nuts
For the Chocolate Topping:
- 2 cups of chopped, high-quality baking chocolate (dark or semi-sweet)
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon of powdered instant coffee
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- A pinch or two of your favorite spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom)
With these ingredients on hand, you’ll be ready to make some truly delicious and indulgent chocolate mocha almond bars.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gone through why this recipe is so amazing, let’s get to the fun part – making the mocha almond bars! The process can be broken down into three main parts: preparing the dough, making the filling, and assembling the bars.
Preparing the Dough
- In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of espresso powder.
- Add in 1 cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces, and use a pastry blender or your hands to mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
- Add in 1/4 cup of powdered instant coffee dissolved in 2 tbsp of heavy cream and mix until a dough forms.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Making the Filling
- In a saucepan over low heat, melt 8 oz of baking chocolate and 4 tbsp of butter. Stir occasionally until smooth.
- In another bowl, combine 10 oz of almond paste, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to whip until it becomes fluffy.
- Gradually add in the melted chocolate mixture and continue mixing until well combined.
Assembling the Bars
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide it into two equal parts.
- Press one half evenly into the bottom of an 8×8 inch baking dish.
- Pour the filling on top of it and spread evenly.
- Crumble the remaining half over the top as a crumb topping.
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Allow the bars to cool before cutting into desired shapes.
And there you have it! Your very own delicious and satisfying mocha almond bars recipe. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, feel free to experiment with different substitutions and variations. Get creative and have fun with it!
Substitutions and Variations
My dearest readers, allow me to present to you some delightful alternatives to my Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars recipe that will add a new twist and variety to your baking repertoire.
If you’re looking for a caffeine-free version of this recipe or have run out of instant coffee powder, worry not, as you could simply omit it, and still end up with heavenly bars. Keeping the addition of the nuts and spices bar intact, you could replace the powdered instant coffee with cocoa powder or espresso powder if they are more to your taste.
For those who love the combination of sweet and salty flavors, adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top of your mocha almond bars before popping them in the oven would be an excellent touch. You may also try a caramel flavor variation by adding a dollop of caramel sauce or dulce de leche on top before baking.
Are you craving something more Chocolate-y? You could replace the baking chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips or even melt some good quality dark chocolate to swirl into the batter mixture for a deeper flavor profile. And why stop at chocolate when there is fudge too? Add some chocolate fudge sauce drizzled over your mocha almond bars just before serving for that extra decadence!
For those who want to cut back on sugar or follow dietary restrictions, replacing the sugar with honey or agave syrup would still result in a deliciously sweet treat. Vegan-friendly substitutes such as almond butter and coconut oil can be used in place of butter and heavy cream for those who avoid animal-based ingredients.
In conclusion, dear readers, these substitutions and variations will allow you to create an entirely different set of flavors while maintaining the principal texture and essence of my Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars. Get creative with your substitutions, taste new combinations, and share your results with me! I shall wait eagerly for your feedback.
Serving and Pairing
Now that you’ve made the delectable chocolate mocha almond bars, it’s time to enjoy them! These bars are so versatile that they can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Firstly, you can serve them as a dessert since they are sweet and rich. You can drizzle some melted chocolate over them and serve them with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. The fudgy texture of the bar will complement well with the icy and creamy texture of the ice cream adding an extra level of indulgence to this already decadent treat. I recommend using So Delicious almond milk ice cream for a delicious dairy-free pairing.
If you want to have something lighter and healthier, you can try having the bars as a snack during the day. They are packed with protein and fiber from almond butter, almond nuts, rolled oats, and sea salt, making you feel satiated for longer hours. You can also crumble the bars on top of some Greek yogurt or in a smoothie bowl.
Whether you’re serving them as dessert or snack, you can pair these bars with coffee or tea. Since these bars have a strong coffee flavor thanks to the powdered instant coffee, they pair perfectly with coffee-based drinks like lattes or cappuccinos.
In conclusion, these chocolate mocha almond bars are perfect for any occasion; from simple family gatherings to big specially occasions. Regardless of your choice of pairing, the chewy mocha center coated in dark chocolate will never leave your taste buds unsatisfied!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
In my humble opinion, the Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars Recipe is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, but if you’re running low on time, worry not for I have some recommendations on how to make and store these scrumptious treats.
For those who love to prep ahead, the dough for this recipe can be made up to two days prior, just wrap it tightly in a plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Once the bars are baked, let them cool completely on a wire rack before storing them in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper between each layer. These bars can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To reheat these chocolatey delights, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the bars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 5-7 minutes or until heated through. Another option is to microwave them for a few seconds until warm.
I must mention that these bars can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Just make sure they are tightly wrapped with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. When ready to eat, let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating as previously instructed.
As like cheese improves over age, so does the flavor of these Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars Recipe when stored overnight. However, I must warn you that they might lose their crunchiness if not properly stored. Therefore, it’s important to store them using my mentioned instructions.
In conclusion, whether eaten fresh out of the oven or reheated after being stored in the fridge or freezer, these Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars Recipe are sure to satisfy your cravings any time of day.
Tips for Perfect Results
As a barista, I know that the taste and texture of a homemade drink depends on small details that can make a big difference. Here are some tips for perfecting the Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars recipe:
1. Use high-quality ingredients: This recipe calls for simple ingredients, but its flavor fully relies on them. Make sure to use fresh eggs, good quality baking chocolate, and high-grade cocoa powder. Also, choose soft and fresh almond paste to create the perfect moist texture.
2. Preheat your oven: The temperature is crucial for baking any dessert recipe. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) before starting to mix your ingredients. This will ensure that all elements of this delicious recipe will be evenly cooked.
3. Add espresso powder: To enhance the mocha flavor, add espresso or powdered instant coffee to the recipe. You can add it directly to the batter or sprinkle it on top of the bars before baking. It adds an extra layer of richness and depth to the chocolate taste.
4. Mix in (or sprinkle) chopped almonds: As a finishing touch, adding chopped almonds adds amplified texture and flavor to these bars! If you want extra crunchiness, sprinkle roughly chopped almonds over the top layer.
5. Chill before cutting: To get clean-cut bars without ruining their shape and crumbly goodness, make sure you chill this dessert in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready, use a sharp knife to slice the bars into equal portions.
By following these simple yet effective tips, you’ll be ready to bake Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars that will impress any guests who love chewy granola bars with an added fudge-like experience!
In conclusion, this chocolate mocha almond bar recipe is truly a heavenly delight that is perfect to indulge in after a long day or when you simply crave a sweet treat. With its rich and decadent flavors, there’s no doubt that everyone will fall in love with it!
I personally recommend sticking to the original recipe to begin with, but don’t hesitate to add your own twist by throwing in some dark chocolate chips or swapping out almond paste for almond butter. The possibilities are endless!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to your kitchen and start whipping up this life-changing indulgence. Trust me, once you experience the chewy, nutty goodness that is these mocha almond bars, you won’t be able to resist making them again and again! Enjoy and savor each bite of these delicious treats. Happy baking!
Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces almond paste, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 4 ounces sweet baking chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee (put several teaspoons of instant coffee granules in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin)
- 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted almond
- TO MAKE BOTTOM LAYER: Blend butter and sugar together.
- Add eggs and vanilla.
- Mix well.
- Add combined dry ingredients, a little at a time, mixing well between additions.
- Pat dough into greased 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 1 inch jelly roll pan.
- TO MAKE MIDDLE LAYER: Combine almond paste, butter, sugar, egg white and vanilla.
- Beat until smooth.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Spread over dough in pan.
- BAKE at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan on wire rack.
- TO MAKE FROSTING: Melt together chocolate, cream, and coffee powder.
- Stir well to combine.
- Pour over cooled layers in pan and spread evenly.
- TOP with chopped almonds.
- When frosting has set (after about 30 minutes), cut into bars.
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