Coffee Financiers

September 8, 2016
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Blogging and baking. I used to love both. But then I made it a part of my job and put it on a schedule, and the pressure makes it suck. I honestly hate that something I loved so much has become, well, a chore. Baking in this house is also extremely difficult with a little diabetic in the house. Aiyla literally dipped her hands in sugar the other day while ‘helping’ me bake and then licked her fingers. It was cute and funny but scary because it spiked her blood sugars like nothing else. And in flooded the ‘I’m the worst mother in the world’ feelings.




Being the mother of an infant/now toddler who has Type 1 Diabetes is HARD. Being a person with Type 1 Diabetes is hard. Being married to someone with Type 1 Diabetes is hard. All three? Ugh. It’s not fun. I live, eat and breathe Type 1. But what about Give? That company that is all about making things sweet. Guys, I’m seriously rethinking my ability to keep it going with our family circumstances. A hot oven and a toddler do not match. Add in a toddler that wants to eat anything she sees that even remotely resembles a cookie but happens to have Type 1 Diabetes? It’s hard to justify what I do when it literally seems to endanger my child. It’s not fair to her, especially when its something that is draining me instead of bringing me joy and fulfillment like it once did.

What am I saying? That things are going to be changing around here. I don’t know exactly how, or when. For now, the store is still open. Orders are still being fulfilled. But things are definitely changing. Because I can’t keep doing things the way I have been.

Until then, here are some coffee financiers that I honestly baked a long time ago and never got around to posting. Because I didn’t think they were pretty enough. But they honestly tasted amazing and didn’t last long at all. My coffee loving neighbor that came over for dinner the night I made them absolutely raved about them and asked to take some home. I would probably stick to making them in the mini muffin pan next time for the sake of presentation, but other than that I wouldn’t change anything.






Coffee Financiers
  • ½ cup + 1 ½ tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup + 2 tsp almond flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 ½ tbsp. egg whites ( a little less than 3 egg whites)
  • ½ cup browned butter with 2 tbsp instant coffee melted in
  • 2 tbsp ground coffee beans
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush 20 mini muffin cups with butter (or spray). Place trays in freezer while preparing batter.
  2. Place the sugar in a large bowl and whisk to break up any lumps. Add flour and almond flour and whisk everything together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the egg whites and whisk them, gradually incorporating the dry mixture until all the ingredients are well combined. Scrape down the side and bottom of the bowl and whisk again. Whisk in the browned butter in 2 additions. Gently fold in the ground coffee beans. Spoon the batter into muffin cups (about 1 heaping tbsp each).
  3. Placing pans in the oven and immediately lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 12 minutes. Unmold the financiers as soon as they come out of the oven and let them cool.
  4. I also drizzled my financiers with hazelnut chocolate spread by Barefoot & Chocolate which really added to the flavor. Because, well coffee and chocolate.


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  • Tamara September 8, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Hi there,

    I felt as though I should respond to this and say that I agree 100%… I used my love for baking anything and everything and started a small business. 2 years in, the orders are piling up and my love and energy for baking is being depleted by the day.

    I just had a conversation with a friend about an hour before reading this blog about how I am seriously rethinking this business and whether or not I want to continue with this way of life until one day I start hating my passion!

    I am relieved to find out that I am not alone in feeling this way and I will continue following your blog to see what’s next! Hopefully I can be inspired by your dreams and passions and how to find the love we both have.

    Good luck with the Type 1 Diabetes… It’s definitely not easy and I wish you all the best!


    • Saira October 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much Tamara, being a solopreneur can be really lonely! Check out my new blog post for my latest update!

  • Junita October 2, 2016 at 8:17 am

    It sounds like you are doing an amazing job as a woman, mom and wife. Although my family hasn’t been impacted by diabetes, I can relate to juggling a major issue and how that impacts my ability to care for my family and pursue my business. I had to step away from my business on two separate occasions and that was so tough, but eventually the time came, clarity showed up and I was able re-engage in my business. Whichever path you choose will be the right path for you and your family. I have thoroughly enjoyed your photography and love your give-back mission. Much success to you!

    • Saira October 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Junita. I have finally chosen a new path (talked about in my latest blog post) and it’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one that has gone through similar struggles. I wish all the best for you and your family!

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