15 Coffee Recipes That'll Give You a Needed Caffeine Boost

Tasty new ways to get your java fix (and yes, cocktails are involved).

August 16, 2017
good morning coffee smoothie
Mitch Mandel

It's already our go-to morning beverage, and our afternoon pick-me-up, but on #NationalCoffeeDay, it's time to celebrate our favorite energy booster in brand new ways. 

More: 9 Incredible Benefits of Coffee

From its cancer-fighting abilities and weight loss benefits, coffee is a rockstar when it comes to nutrition. And as if you needed another reason to indulge, it also contains minerals such as chromium and magnesium, which help the body use insulin and control blood sugar.

Craving some java? We don't blame you. Check out these coffee-inspired recipes to get started. 

Cocoa-Espresso Waffles
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Cocoa-Espresso Waffles

These chocolaty treats pack a healthy wallop of fiber and monounsaturated fats. They’ll keep you smiling for hours.

Get the Cocoa-Espresso Waffles recipe from The Sugar Solution Cookbook

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Coffee Granita

This crushed Italian ice drink is cool and refreshing in warm weather, but contains just a fraction of the calories of ice cream. 

Get the Coffee Granita recipe from The Athlete's Palate Cookbook

Bourbon-Braised Short Ribs
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Bourbon-Braised Short Ribs With Brown Sugar & Coffee

This is lavish winter fare—we are talking dark, rich, bone-warming decadence. 

Get the Bourbon-Braised Short Ribs With Brown Sugar & Coffee from Yummy Supper

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Bourbon Baked Beans

Kentucky bourbon and a touch of coffee make these baked beans extra special.

Get the Bourbon Baked Beans recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Espresso Martini
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Espresso Martini

The espresso martini from Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food, when compared to a traditional chocolate martini, is a clear winner. The typical straight chocolate option has two shots of chocolate liqueur, one shot of vodka, and four ounces of heavy cream. What does that mean? It's a solid 438 calories, 9 grams of fat, 42 grams of carbohydrates, and 28 grams of sugar. At the very least. This recipe, on the other hand, cuts that all down in—at least—half. That's half of the calorie intake, with tons more (caffeinated) flavor. 

good morning coffee smoothie
Mitch Mandel
Good Morning Coffee Smoothie

This vitamin-packed smoothie is the perfect way to start your day out right.

Get the Good Morning Coffee Smoothie recipe from The Women's Health Big Book of Smoothies & Soups

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The Best Iced Coffee Recipe Ever

It's super easy, and much more affordable than what you're paying for it at the coffee shop, plus there aren't any disposable plastic cups to litter up your recycling bin.

Get the The Best Iced Coffee Recipe Ever recipe

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Bulletproof Coffee

You've likely heard of buttered coffee, but do you know why fans call it "life-changing"? Bulletproof Coffee, which consists of MCT oil (a coconut extract), unsalted, grass-fed butter or ghee, and high-quality coffee, brings the benefits of mental focus and reduced food cravings. 

Get the Bulletproof Coffee recipe from The Bulletproof Diet

Homemade Coffee Face Scrub
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Homemade Coffee Face Scrub

There are a lot of natural things you can do—and feel good about using—to help your skin look great. 

Get the Homemade Coffee Face Scrub recipe from Balancing in Heels

Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
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Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Who said you couldn't caffeinate your dinner? This coffee rub will add your favorite flavor to your traditional roasted or baked pork tenderloin. 

Get the Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin and Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Mexican Coffee
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Mexican Coffee

Traditionally brewed with a darkly roasted bean similar to Viennese roast, cafe de olla ("coffee from the pot") is an aromatic and spicy Mexican favorite. To warm coffee mugs, fill them with hot tap water and let stand for a few minutes.

Get the Mexican Coffee recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Dark Chocolate Espresso Avocado Mousse
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Dark Chocolate Espresso Avocado Mousse

Want a vegan pudding alternative? We have it. This dark chocolate pudding-like mixture has an unexpected avocado kick that'll satisfy all your favorite cravings. 

Get the Dark Chocolate Espresso Avocado Mousse recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Tiramisu-Style Trifle
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Tiramisu-Style Trifle

A tiramisu is an Italian dessert in which ladyfingers are soaked in brewed espresso and then layered with sweetened mascarpone, an extremely rich fresh cheese. We've taken the same ideas but substituted Greek yogurt and cream cheese for a much healthier (but still satisfyingly rich) dessert.

Get the Tiramisu-Style Trifle recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Chocolate Whiskey Cakes With Boozy Vanilla Cream

Chocolate is never, ever out of season. And a boozy chocolate cake with coffee is always a hit. 

Get the Chocolate Whiskey Cakes With Boozy Vanilla Cream recipe from Graze: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals

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Banoffee Pie

Though banoffee pie is a classic English dessert made with caramelized condensed milk and bananas, the pecans and graham crackers make it taste American.

Get the Banoffee Pie recipe from Marisa Hermer's An American Girl in London

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