If you truly love coffee, sometimes drinking your daily cup just isn’t enough. It’s not just that you like the burst of energy you get from the caffeine—though you definitely do like that. But it goes beyond the craving for caffeine to a deep love of the flavor and appreciation of fine coffee.
And so you seek it out in any way you can. You’ll have your morning (and afternoon, if we’re being honest) coffee drink, but you’re also all too familiar with the joys of tiramisu and coffee-flavored ice cream.
Anything to get a hold of that sweet, sweet coffee.
There’s no need to limit yourself to what you can put coffee into, however. Why limit it to just drinks and desserts? You want all coffee, all day.
Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best and most unique coffee recipes out there that ingeniously combine coffee with all your favorite foods.
Benefits of Adding Coffee to Your Diet
Before you start questioning if you should really be adding more coffee to your diet, hear us out. Though there are lots of scary misconceptions about coffee out there, there are actually a lot of proven health benefits to drinking/consuming coffee.
Alongside the added energy that you get from the caffeine comes a clearer mind that makes you more perceptive and focused. Coffee and caffeine have also been shown to greatly enhance athletic performance.
Aside from the energy-related components, coffee has also been proven to have a variety of long-term health benefits. For starters, it can help prevent the onsets of various types of cancer, type II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Coffee also offers a lot of essential nutrients. These include potassium, magnesium, and riboflavin. In addition to this, coffee is a great source of antioxidants—in fact, it is the leading source of antioxidants in the common Western diet.
Though coffee has been linked to the development of anxiety in some individuals, it more commonly causes an increase in happiness and fights against depression.
Last but not least, due to all these advantages coffee can actually help you live longer.
So, with all these health benefits, why not cook coffee into your food? Enjoy your coffee-enhanced meals worry-free.
7 Coffee Recipes that Will Make Your Taste Buds Sing
1. Salty Cocoa and Espresso Roasted Almonds
Let’s start out with a classic snack to satisfy your sweet tooth: roasted almonds. Roasted almonds have long been cherished and made with flavors like maple and chocolate—why not throw coffee into the mix?
Making these almonds is nice and simple. All you need are the almonds themselves, cocoa powder, sea salt, maple syrup, and espresso powder.
Once the ingredients are assembled, toss them all in a bowl and mix them together until the almonds are completely coated. Bake for 10 minutes at 350˚ F, and presto! You now have some sweet, chocolatey, espresso roasted almonds.
While this recipe is sure to please any time of the year, they’re especially satisfying in the chilly fall and winter months.
2. Coffee Bacon Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a classic BLT sandwich? The unlikely combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato has long been a staple in American society, with new twists being continually taken on the traditional recipe. BLTA, anyone?
With this coffee bacon sandwich, however, we see a drastic renewal of the ordinary bacon sandwich. Most notably, of course, is the addition of coffee bacon. A little counter-intuitive, yes? That may be so, but maple bacon has been doing pretty well for itself, so why not coffee bacon?
Preparing the bacon is simple: coat it in a paste that you make up ground coffee, chili powder, brown sugar, molasses, and water, then cook it as usual.
This recipe also calls for a goat spread cheese that you can make pretty easily. Pair it all with some fine bread and spinach for a delicious lunch.
3. Three-Ingredient Prime Rib Roast
Okay, coffee bacon is one thing, but surely there can’t be any other meats that coffee can go with…right?
Coffee actually goes surprisingly well with many different types of meat. One of the fanciest yet easiest coffee recipes is the Three-Ingredient Prime Rib Roast.
So, what are the three ingredients? Prime rib, ground coffee, and a vanilla bean. As with most things, you’ll also need to throw in some salt and pepper.
To create the seasoning rub, you’ll need to blend together the coffee, salt, pepper, and vanilla bean seeds, then rub it all over the meat. Let the meat sit for about half an hour at room temperature and then cook for two and a half hours.
Once cooked, you’ll have a delicious prime rib roast to serve! You’ll be surprised at how well the earthy qualities of the coffee and prime rib match each other.
4. Slow-Smoked Turkey with Cane Syrup-Coffee Glaze
Tired of that old traditional turkey recipe you’ve been using for the past 10 years? Well, tell that recipe to move aside as this year you usher in the coffee.
Rather than baste and bake like your average turkey recipe, for this recipe you’ll need to braise the turkey in simmering water for about an hour and a half in a mixture water, ground chicory coffee, apple cider vinegar, onion, peppercorns, salt, and thyme.
Then combining some of the braising water with brown sugar, baste the turkey once it’s been removed from the mixture. Finish up cooking the turkey on the grill for around 40 minutes or so.
This Slow-Smoked Turkey with Cane Syrup-Coffee Glaze is sure to impress the entire family, and maybe even form a new Thanksgiving tradition.
5. Raw Chocolate Tart with Cashew Coffee Crust
Alright, now let’s get into what you’re really interested in: the desserts. Fortunately for you vegans out there, there are many dessert coffee recipes out there that lend themselves to being vegan friendly, such as this Raw Chocolate Tart with Cashew Coffee Crust.
This is a bit of a two part recipe. To make the crust, you’ll need coconut oil, ground coffee, unsoaked cashews, maple syrup, and salt. Once you’ve gathered these, chop them all together in a food processor or blender. And your crust mix is made! Simply lay it down in the base of your tart pan.
Next, of course, is the tart filling. For this, you’ll need to blend together soaked cashews, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut milk. All you need to do next is pour it over the crust.
Cover your tart and allow it to set in the refrigerator for an hour—no baking required!
6. Raw Vegan Espresso Brownies (Grain Free)
This is another great recipe for vegan coffee lovers, though these Raw Vegan Espresso Brownies are tasty enough for anyone to enjoy.
For this brownie recipe, you’ll need cocoa powder, walnuts, almonds, pitted Medjool dates, vanilla extract, sea salt, and, of course, ground coffee.
You’ll need to blend up the nuts and dates, then combine all the ingredients together. After scooping into a tin, you can either cut them up immediately or chill for a half hour for a firmer consistency.
7. Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup
Last but certainly not least, we come to Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup. You’re already used to having your morning cup of coffee, so why not add a little extra pizzazz to the start of your day with these coffee-based pancakes?
To make the pancake mixture from scratch, you’ll need flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, baking powder, and espresso powder. In a bit of a pinch? Try using your preferred pancake mix, stirring some espresso powder into the mix.
And now for the good stuff: that mouth-watering mocha syrup. For this, you’ll need a half cup of strongly brewed coffee along with sugar, salt, vanilla, and cocoa powder. To make the syrup, combine all these ingredients, with the exception of the vanilla extract. Place on the stovetop and bring up to a simmer for five minutes, allowing the syrup to thicken. Remove and add the vanilla.
You’re now ready to have the delicious and energizing breakfast you’ve been craving.
Keeping things Energetic
Cooking with coffee is a great way to make tasty meals with a light energizing boost. The amount of caffeine will, of course, depend on the strength of the coffee and how much you use. Some coffee recipes may call for a proportionally small amount, others for a high one.
If you’re making dinner you may not want to be ingesting and caffeine that late in the evening. No need to fret, though—you can just switch to decaf for the same results.
Having a little additional boost of caffeine, though, is perfect in the morning and during lunchtime—especially when it comes in the form of food.