Barleycup Mocha Brownies are a delicious treat. The Barleycup is a coffee alternative that brings flavours of roasted grains and chicory roots to the chocolate brownies. A Barleycup vanilla drizzle tops them off beautifully.
Recipe commissioned by Barleycup.
Barleycup Mocha Brownies
Barleycup Mocha Brownies are soft, chocolatey and delicious. The Barleycup vanilla drizzle makes for a tasty and eye-catching topping.
Rather than coffee, in these brownies the mocha flavour comes from chocolate and Barleycup - a caffeine free alternative that's made of a delicious blend of roasted cereal grains and chicory roots.
You only need 10 ingredients and 35 minutes for these delicious brownies. So it's perfect for sitting down and having a mindful moment with a caffeine-free hot drink and a treat.
What is Barleycup?
Barleycup is made from roasted cereal grains and chicory roots (roasted barley, rye and chicory), making it a great caffeine free natural alternative to tea and coffee. It has 100% natural ingredients with no artificial additives, and it's also vegan and a source of fibre.
It's a natural instant drink, with no added sugars and only 10kcals per cup. It's a perfect way to swap your mid-morning coffee for a cup of the caffeine-free drink, a natural choice made with barley, rye and chicory.
I've been drinking Barleycup for years as I love the full bodied roasted flavour and that it's caffeine free. I usually have a cup of coffee in the morning, but then switch to Barleycup mid-morning. That way I can still enjoy hot drinks, but I won't be up all night or have my head spin with too much caffeine!
It's sort of hard to describe the flavour of it, but it's not dissimilar to coffee. However there's nothing ever harsh about it and rather it's mild, mellow and comforting with a lovely aroma. I have it black, or sometimes with milk. For a sweeter treat I love it with vanilla soy milk.
The drink comes in four tasty varieties. Powder, Granules, Organic and with Dandelion. It's a great vegan drink for people who are looking to reduce their caffeine intake.
How to make these Brownies
You will need:
Barleycup (all varieties work well)
For the drizzle you will need:
Wooden spoon or whisk
20cmx20cm (8"x8") square baking pan
Get the recipe for Barleycup Mocha Brownies with Barleycup Vanilla Drizzle
Disclosure: This recipe was commissioned by Barleycup, but all opinions are my own.
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- 110 g (½ cup) butter
- 150 g (¾ cup) sugar
- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp Barleycup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large free range eggs lightly beaten
- 100 g (½ cup) self-raising flour
For the Barleycup Vanilla Drizzle
- 1 tsp Barleycup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 tbsp powdered icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°Line an 8” x 8” square baking pan with baking paper.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan (choose one large enough to hold all the ingredients as the batter will all be made in the same po.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, cocoa powder, Barleycup and vanilla until it’s all melted together and the sugar starts to dissolve.
- Mix in the eggs until completely combined.
- Sift in the flour and gently mix by hand to combine. Be sure not to overbeat the mixture or the brownies won’t be as fudgy.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin and spread out evenly to the edges.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges dry out and the brownie is just set but still soft and squidgy in the centre. They will continue to firm up slightly out of the oven. Leave to cool completely in the tin then carefully lift it out and cut into squares.
- Meanwhile, make the drizzle by mixing the Barleycup and vanilla into 1 tsp of warm water until dissolved. Add to the icing sugar and mix well. If necessary to get a drizzling consistency, add a little more water to thin, or sugar to thicken. Drizzle over the completely cooled brownies.