Delicious Ways To Enjoy Coffee (Besides Drinking It)

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Some people enjoy the occasional cup of Joe, and some can’t imagine life without it. There’s no reason to be ashamed if you happen to fall in the latter category as more than 150 million Americans share your passion. Whether you prefer a dark or light roast, black or with cream and sugar, or you enjoy adding syrups and shots for extra flavor and kick, this rich, robust drink has many advantages. 

From a boost in energy and improved focus to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, the right amount of coffee can change your life for the better. The best part is, there’s more than one way to enjoy some fresh grounds. If you’ve only had the pleasure of enjoying coffee as a drink, you’re in for a treat as there are several ways you can enjoy coffee. Check out these ideas below. 

Popsicles

If you love sipping on a cup of iced coffee in the summertime, then you’ll love the idea of a coffee-flavored frozen treat. You can make vegan horchata popsicles with Mexican cold brew, agave nectar, and coconut or rice milk. 

BBQ Sauce

There’s nothing like a rich tangy sauce to drizzle on your grilled meats and veggies. Simply add some of your favorite cold brew to your favorite barbecue sauce recipe and prepare to take your grilled dishes to the next level. 

No-Bake Energy Balls

Need an extra energy boost throughout the day, but don’t want to drink another cup of coffee? You can still get your caffeine fix on by making energy balls. They’re simple to make and include oats, cinnamon, coconut, cacao, dates, and an excellent cold brew coffee. Just one or two of these sweet treats will give you the energy you need to keep going. 

Pancakes

Why not make your mornings even better with some delicious pancakes. If you use decaf coffee, this could also be something your kids can enjoy. Add cold brewed coffee to your pancake mix. Then, add some cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Prepare pancakes as usual and serve with a nice maple syrup. 

Tacos

Tacos are often a fan favorite because they’re easy to make, packed with flavor, and can include any combination of ingredients you like – including coffee. If you’ve never had machaca tacos, then you’ll love this recipe. Simply rub the machaca beef in coffee grinds and cayenne pepper. Then, braze the meet for a few hours in lime juice, wine, blood orange juice, cocoa, cinnamon, and your favorite brewed coffee. Once the meat is nice and tender, you can add it to your hard or soft taco shells and incorporate your favorite toppings. 

Espresso Granita

For any coffee fans with a sweet tooth, you’ll love an espresso granita. All you have to do is prepare a pitcher of espresso coffee. Pour the coffee into ice trays and allow it to freeze. Then blend or shave the ice and add it to a cup. Grab some whipped cream and place a few dabs on the top for a dessert you’ll want to have over and over. 

Rubs

Whether you’re looking to add a tangy, robust, spicy flavor to your beef, pork, chicken, or fish, using coffee grounds makes all the difference. Prepare your rubs as usual and add coffee grounds to taste. Rub it on the meat, allow it to sit for a few hours, then prepare as usual.

Vegetarian Soups, Stews, and Chillies

For those who prefer a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, coffee can add flavor and variety to your dishes. As veggies and broths can often be bland, adding brewed coffee to the mixture can give your favorite soups, stews, and chillies an extra kick.  

As you can see, there are several ways that you can use your favorite caffeinated drink to create culinary masterpieces. Whether you prefer breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or a simple snack, there are several recipes that you can use to add more flavor to your meals. So, the next time you need an energy boost or caffeine fix, add your favorite brew or grounds to your recipes for mouth-watering dishes you’ll love. 

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