Picture this: you wake up after a peaceful night’s sleep with a smile on your face. You don’t have to be anywhere, so rushing isn’t part of the equation. What is the first thing you do? I bet many of you thought, “Grab and enjoy a warm cup of coffee.”
Of course you can drink it hot or cold, but did you know that it can be used in desserts, marinades, chili, breakfast bowls, marshmallows, jellies, and popsicles, among many other recipes?
Now that I’ve piqued your interest, don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging. If you are a coffee fanatic, here is a list of everything including the traditional, the full-bodied, the unconventional, and the all around creative.
However, before you go crazy on the coffee, make sure you know the pros and cons of this caffeine kicker. If you are looking to wean off a bit as well, it’s also good to know how you can make your coffee healthier and what alternatives are out there.
Like all things, coffee can provide great health benefits in moderation and even boost your productivity. The key is balance; so enjoy these recipes with restraint in mind.
Coconut Cowgirl Coffee
Coconut, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract make this iced coffee stand against anything you would find at your neighborhood coffee shop. Also, the coconut ice cubes won’t water down your coffee!
Recipe: Coconut Cowgirl Coffee
Iced Vanilla Bean Latte
It’s on every coffee shop menu—we’ve all had one. Here’s a Paleo-friendly version. You’re welcome.
Recipe: Iced Vanilla Bean Latte
Paleo Mocha Frappuccino
Another coffee classic complete with Paleo-friendly whipped cream. Cheers, chocolate lovers!
Recipe: Paleo Mocha Frappuccino
Salted Caramel Frappe
Yes, this is Paleo-friendly caramel (!). Can I get an amen?! This might just become a weekly recipe. Or bi-weekly. Or daily.
Recipe: Salted Caramel Frappe
Zoolander Paleo Orange Mocha Frappuccino
I had to do it. This movie is a classic, and so is this drink, believe it or not. Double points for blending it while jamming out to Wham!
Coffee Jelly Almond Milk Tea
Do you like to play with your food…or drinks? Here’s a fun way to do it! Coffee jelly in your tea—why not?
Recipe: Coffee Jelly Almond Milk Tea
What better way to start the day than with a coffee smoothie? This amazing go-getter is packed with almond butter, coconut milk, banana, cocoa powder, and coffee to start your morning off right.
Recipe: Coffee Smoothie
Healthy Coffee Recipe
This is just a simple cup of coffee that includes Paleo-friendly fats and sweeteners—easy peasy. Sometimes the best recipes are short and sweet!
Recipe: Healthy Coffee Recipe
Pumpkin Spice Latte
A fall classic! Who said you have to miss out on the flavor of the season? You definitely don’t.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte
The weather inside is delightful with this tasty treat! Warm up to the holiday season with a peppermint mocha in hand!
Recipe: Peppermint Mocha
This recipe is exciting, fresh, and new! Add a little spice to your cup of joe by use of turmeric and cinnamon.
Recipe: Turmeric Coffee
Fair warning: this recipe comes with a rated-R label—which is absolutely optional. If you are one of the Paleo peeps that doesn’t drink, don’t add it in. You’ll be fine without it. If you want the extra kick—have at it!
Recipe: Butterscotch Coffee
Maple Clove Butter Coffee
Sounds like a warm treat you’d sip on at a café in Winnipeg. Regardless, this is the cup you turn to during those cold winter days. I say, “Bring them on!”
Recipe: Maple Clove Butter Coffee
Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Creamer
Not everyone likes to sip on black coffee, but cream and sugar are both Paleo no-nos. Unless you make your own, that is! Vanilla hazelnut is just the ticket for many palates.
Recipe: Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Creamer
Coconut Milk Ice Cubes
The bad thing about iced coffee is that the ice waters it down. Have you ever tried freezing the cream you add to your iced coffee instead of using water? It’s life-changing!
Recipe: Coconut Milk Ice Cubes
Paleo Whipped Cream
Well, this doesn’t contain coffee within the recipe per se, but in order to compare with Starbucks, you need a good Paleo whip recipe right? Yes you do.
Recipe: Paleo Whipped Cream
Coffee and Amaretto Syrup
If you have 10 minutes and you are looking for a creative syrup to have on hand in a pinch—this is the recipe for you! Three ingredients, a saucepan, and heat is all you need.
Recipe: Coffee and Amaretto Syrup
Vanilla Bean Coffee Marshmallows
Yup! Marshmallows! Put them in a drink or eat them by the handful. Either way, you can’t say these aren’t a fun snack.
Recipe: Vanilla Bean Coffee Marshmallows
Bulletproof Coffee Drops
Freezing grass-fed butter is worth it in the Paleo world. It’s fresh flavor that you can savor any time you want in your morning brew!
Recipe: Bulletproof Coffee Drops
Coffee Ice Cream
Coffee for dessert? Don’t mind if I do! What a great idea for dessert, a sweet snack, or just because you feel like it!
Recipe: Coffee Ice Cream
Grilled Bananas with Mocha Chocolate Sauce
Bananas and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly. Adding coffee to the equation only sweetens the deal—and intensifies your chocolate sauce!
Chocolate Coffee Coconut Truffles
Not only are they easy to eat, but they are also easy to make! It’s also a versatile recipe, which allows you to play around with the flavors if you are looking for more varieties to choose from.
Coffee-Flavored Chocolate Mousse
Dark and decadent is what this recipe is. This is the kind of dessert that’s perfect for a date night, or when you just plain deserve it.
Recipe: Coffee-Flavored Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Coffee Caramel Bars
They’re like brownies—but better! Paleo caramel and coffee chocolate sauce together is like a tango made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. Yum indeed!
Recipe: Chocolate Coffee Caramel Bars
Fudgy Espresso Brownies
The recipe above might be similar to brownies, but these are the real deal with an espresso punch. And mocha frosting. Silly me to forget that detail.
Recipe: Fudgy Espresso Brownies
Cherry Chocolate Chip Coffee Popsicles
Coffee can be served on ice, but how about served on a stick? Add some cherries and chocolate chips and you’ll have a popsicle that the kids will be jealous of!
Café Latte Gelatin Gummy Bears
Gummy bears that aren’t the colors of the rainbow? Blasphemy! I’m kidding. These little bears are the candy that 12-year-old you would be proud of!
Recipe: Café Latte Gelatin Gummy Bears
Cinnamon Mocha Cupcakes
Of course we had to include a dark, rich chocolate cupcake recipe on this list! Here it is in all of its decadence. Try to contain yourself until you’re done baking.
Recipe: Cinnamon Mocha Cupcakes
Tiramisu is a classic coffee dessert. Now the Paleo folk can have it, too. Take your taste buds on a vacation to Italy with this great recipe with no passport required!
Coconut Coffee Cream Pops
This might be the prettiest recipe on the list. Besides how gorgeous these pops look, coconut, hazelnuts, and hazelnut coffee make them taste divine, too.
Recipe: Coconut Coffee Cream Pops
Espresso Macaroon Muffins
Espresso Macaroon Muffins—talk about a mouthful. I can’t say that’s a bad thing though, because these hearty muffins are great as a sweet treat or as a mini meal between meals.
Recipe: Espresso Macaroon Muffins
Chocolate Coffee Protein Chia Breakfast Bowl
Coffee and breakfast are pretty typical, but that’s when you drink it. Well, now you can eat coffee for breakfast in your breakfast bowl!
Mocha Almond Pancakes
Another breakfast item that puts coffee on the menu as the star of the show! Who wouldn’t enjoy coffee in pancakes? Sounds like a winner to me.
Recipe: Mocha Almond Pancakes
Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Roast
Coffee can make the main menu too! In this case, it gives the classic ribeye a fabulous makeover.
Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Roast
Coffee Break Sliders
Burgers and coffee—who would have thought? Well, this unlikely pair will prove that beef and coffee can live together in perfect harmony!
Recipe: Coffee Break Sliders
Chipotle Coffee Pulled Pork
Another great way to use coffee as a marinade! This time, pair it with some pork, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin. Let the slow cooking of your Crock-Pot do all the work from there.
Recipe: Chipotle Coffee Pulled Pork
Coffee Pot Roast
A meal that’s an American classic mixed with a beverage that’s the perfect way to start the day—I can dig it. Coffee lets this roast grow into some more depth after years of pop culture stardom.
Recipe: Coffee Pot Roast
Coffee-Braised Lamb Shanks
Even lamb shanks can be paired with coffee. Just a fair warning with this recipe, when choosing a hot sauce, make sure it’s Paleo-friendly. Some recommendations are Tabasco Brand Habanero Sauce, Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce, Trader Joe’s Habanero Sauce, or Tropical Pepper Co. XXXXtra Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce.
Recipe: Coffee-Braised Lamb Shanks
No Tomato Chili
This rich chili is packed with poblano chilies, beef, onion, carrots, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, cocoa powder, and coffee…yes indeed, coffee made it in here, too. This is a chili that is as smooth as velvet.
Recipe: No Tomato Chili
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