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18 Ways To Eat Your Coffee

In this article: Get all the health benefits of coffee from snacks, drinks, desserts and meals.

Coffee And Your Health

Drinking coffee comes with so many health benefits it will make your head spin, more than the rapid intake of caffeine. From its ability to stave off dementia, reduce risks of heart disease, boost metabolism and help with weight loss along with the fact that it helps prevent type 2 diabetes and increases life span, and that is just a few examples of how it benefits your health, you will wonder how to get more of it into your body.

If you are struggling to get the recommended 3 to 5 cups daily, or perhaps you’re just looking for new ways to incorporate it into your diet. There’s good news, because coffee is an excellent ingredient in plenty of recipes. 

18 Ways To Eat Your Coffee

1| Spice Up Your Barbecue


You can provide your meals with a flavor of smoke by including coffee grounds in your dry rub ingredients. 

Try some freshly ground coffee in the dry rub for your steak and you may be surprised by the result- a tasty, high-end meal. If you need other ideas for your rub, try mixing those coffee grounds with chili powder, one of the planet’s five healthiest spices, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Not only will this combo produce a delicious meal, but it’s packed with healthy spices to fight belly fat. 

BBQ Sauce

Your BBQ sauce can benefit from coffee, just as much as your dry rub can. The grounds will coax out rich flavors, unlocking the next level of barbecue game. It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ meal, whether you prefer steaks, burgers, chicken, turkey, or tofu. 

2| Eat Your Coffee At Breakfast

We already enjoy a cup (or three) of coffee every morning, so why shouldn’t you also eat it? Yep, you can eat your coffee at breakfast, too. There are multiple ways to do it, whether you have all morning to prepare or you’re in a hurry. 

Try mixing coffee with butter to create the ultimate topper for your pancakes. You can also stir it into a sauce that you pour over your eggs, or you go could go the whole hog. Mix your grounds in with your gravy to accompany country ham, biscuits, or eggs with your morning brew. 

The next time you’re soaking your overnight oats; don’t immediately turn to milk or water. What about a flavored blend of coffee to take those flavors beyond the norm? The great thing about this blend is that coffee has a multitude of health benefits, and oats are the perfect way to start your day, as they slowly burn, keeping you satiated for longer. 

3| Coffee Smoothies

You won’t look back after trying this just once, especially because it’s difficult to find time for your smoothie and your morning caffeine hit. Adding coffee to your smoothie gets you the best of both worlds, and you won’t need to worry about the hunger pangs you’ve grown accustomed to between breakfast and lunch. Want to try it? Try pouring coffee over ice, Greek yogurt, berries, nut butter, and almond milk for the perfect smoothie to prevent your blood sugar from dipping. 

4| Iced Coffee Cocktails

Iced coffees are all the rage, whether you make them at home with a delicious batch of cold brew, or you head for the nearest coffee shop to indulge in thousands of calories. Stick to the home brew and take it to the next level with your favorite liqueur or spirit, all you need to do is add skim milk or cream and enjoy it over ice. 

5| Add Coffee To Savory Meat Dishes

We have already seen the craze of incorporating dark chocolate into savory meat dishes, why wouldn’t we try coffee? Coffee is as versatile in flavors as wine, so if you’re not already adding coffee to your marinades then you’re missing out. Not only does it raise your flavor levels, but it also works to tenderize meat. 

Try it in your beef short ribs braising liquid, you’ll see the coffee start to caramelize as the liquid reduces. It will add a new dimension of bitter sweetness to your dish. Add it to your barbecue sauce, or even better, try it in your next batch of chili to level off those powerful flavors. 

6| Coffee Popsicles

What better way to beat the heat than with a popsicle, right? Well, adults need popsicles, too, and it doesn’t always have to be the frozen margarita kind. For extra flavor, you can add a flavored creamer instead of milk. 

You’ll need Greek yogurt, honey, milk, and vanilla extract for a layer of cream, and for a coffee layer Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and brewed coffee, of course. 

7| Coffee Roasted Vegetables

People are always quick to drizzle their root vegetables with honey, maple syrup, and even marshmallows, but have you considered how well they will pair with coffee? As your root veg cooks they start to sweeten, the coffee will intensify their natural sweetness Try it out with carrots and beets to see how delicious it can be. 

8| Protein Coffee Shakes

If you want the perfect way to reduce your waist size… think about adding coffee to your protein shake. We already need protein in our diet, which is an excellent way to boost the metabolism, but have you ever considered how much? 

Women should be aiming to get 46 grams daily, while men need 56. A protein shake is a great way to get it, it will keep you satisfied for longer, and the coffee that you add will provide you with just the spark you need. Whether you need a morning boost, or a helping hand before your workout. 

9| Spice It Up

There’s something beautiful about chocolate, it pairs with just about everything (much like wine). In recent years, the popularity of chocolate and chili peppers has exploded, but there’s just one ingredient missing from that delicious blend, and that is coffee. 

Whether it’s a brownie, or a spicy mocha, there are plenty of ways to fuse these combinations. Make the perfect mocha, and top it with spicy chili cream or take your favorite chocolate cake to a new level of deliciousness. No matter how you marry the combination, note that chilis don’t love cold liquids, so whatever you do, make sure it’s hot.  

10| Coffee Vinaigrette

A coffee vinaigrette is more versatile than just dressing your salad, while that is delicious, you can also pour your vinaigrette over vegetables or meats that you’re preparing for the grill. 

11| Coffee Chili

If you have a chili cookoff coming up, now is the time to start perfecting your recipe. People have started adding chocolate, so why not coffee? Coffee helps build the chili flavors, and it’s a fun and exciting way to experiment with the family recipe. The added bonus is that it’s perfect for any chili, whether you’re all about venison, beef, rattlesnake, or a vegetarian option. 

12| Healthy Coffee Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream doesn’t need to be an arduous task. In fact, it’s the smarter, healthier way to do things. You don’t need to feel guilty about your indulgence if you’ve made it using healthy yogurt and cold brew coffee. 

It can be done in just an hour, and you can feel even healthier about your choices by topping it with berries or bananas. 

13| Any Chocolate Recipe

If there is chocolate involved, there should be coffee. Just think about it? Coffee and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly; they’re a match made in gourmet heaven. 

Whether you’re making brownies, chocolate cake, cookies, muffins, frosting, glaze, or sauce- add coffee to take all of your chocolate dishes to the level above the next level. It’s the perfect pairing, which is why the combination is often used by gourmet chefs. 

14| Stews and Crockpots

There’s nothing better than a one pot stew that’s simmered away all day until reaching perfection as you walk in the front door after a hard day’s work. Oh wait, it can be better- strong coffee can heighten the flavors, bringing sweetness and balance to your dish. 

15| Coffee Butter

Did you think that butter couldn’t get any better? Just try this out: mix a coarse ground coffee with heavy cream and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add a dash of salt and churn it in your food processor until you have buttermilk. Now drain the liquid and you have a butter with so much flavor you’ll be searching your kitchen for new ways to use it. 

Remember, butter is packed with fat and calories, so use it sparingly. Though, the combination has been shown to speed up belly fat burning, help fight cravings, and control blood sugar levels. 

16| Parfait

A parfait is a delicious treat, but you can make yours even better by including a coffee layer. Mix the coffee into the yogurt, add chia seeds and layer it between the berries. For bonus points, create your combo ahead of time so it’s ready and waiting for you every morning. 

17| Better Pudding

What’s more delicious than pudding? Using coffee in your pudding instead of milk, of course. Try it out, and you may as well boost your health by adding in chia seeds. 

18| Infuse Your Desserts With Coffee

Incorporate coffee into your frostings, glazes, and more. Perhaps the most effective way to do this is through instant espresso powder. 

The reason for this is that it will dissolve completely when met with hot water, unlike coffee grounds, which come with the risk of grit in your baked goods. It’s a potent ingredient, so make sure to use it sparingly. 

Even a small amount will give your dessert a richness that cannot be compared, if you’re looking for a real zing then you can kick it up a notch. It’s ideal for coffee cake, brownies, and even cupcakes. You can add it to cream and sugar and reduce to make a rich glaze, or freeze it along with sugar to create an easy sorbet. 

Final Thoughts

Once upon a time you had to search the web to find excuses to drink more coffee, now you don’t have to. Not only is drinking coffee good for you, but there are a multitude of ways to incorporate it into your diet. You win on two counts, the first being that you have unlocked an ingenious way to get a caffeine boost at any time of day, without going through the rigmarole of brewing a fresh pot of coffee. The second is that you have just found an incredible way to make your food taste better than it already does. 

Food pairings have long been a source of joy in the cooking world, and coffee is the ultimate partner to so many of the foods that we already love and enjoy on a regular basis. You don’t need to wait for an excuse to try any of these suggestions, you can start using them today