As a mom, I feel like I drink more leftover coffee than I do when it’s fresh. While my palette has come to accept the lukewarm and microwaved flavor of my “morning” coffee, sometimes I just want to throw in the towel and give up on drinking it at all. But then I get my wits about me and save that leftover coffee before I do anything irrational because there are tons of great recipes for your chilly brew. From iced coffee to adding some caffeine to your morning oatmeal, there is no end to the uses for your leftover coffee!
1. Iced Coffee
My favorite thing to do with my sad coffee leftovers it just to whip up an iced coffee. It’s super easy and you can add whatever flavors you like. The basics include coffee, ice cubes and milk or creamer. I personally add some chocolate syrup and combine in my Magic Bullet, however a few stirs with a spoon will do the trick. There are countless recipe for making the most basic of brews, to the fanciest of treats. Here’s a great list over at LydiOutloud.com.
2. Coffee Ice Cubes
Leftover coffee is poured into ice cube molds and then frozen for this special treat. Add to your regular cup of joe if you enjoy chilled coffee for a drink that will never taste watered down. Or, you can try the delicious looking drink above by combining some coffee cubes to a glass with cocoa powder and warm milk.
You can find the full recipe for this drink over at HonestlyYum.com, along with other beverage and entertaining ideas.
3. Iced Coffee Popsicles
The ultimate treat, these coffee popsicles provide refreshment while also giving a little jolt of caffeine. These are perfect for a summer afternoon, where the heat is making you groggy but you need to stay awake for the kids. WIth only three ingredients, you probably have what it takes to make these this afternoon.
Check out TheViewFromGreatIsland.com for even more delicious popsicle recipes, including one for Thai Iced Tea!
4. Coffee Oatmeal
Strong coffee is substituted for water in this adult-style oatmeal. Cocoa powder, brown sugar and cashews give this normally “boring” breakfast a wallop. This one’s not for the kids!
You can snag this recipe and 12 other inspiriting oatmeal ideas from Buzzfeed.com!
5. Coffee Pudding
Heavy cream, espresso or strong coffee and brown sugar are the foundation for coffee pudding. This adult dessert will leave you feeling satisfied at your coffee consumption, while the fluffy consistency will make you feel like a kid again. While not a quick and easy recipe, this one is perfect for true coffee connoisseurs.
Check out NotWithoutSalt.com for this complete recipe, and other gorgeous recipes you can’t pass up.
6. Coffee Cupcakes With Coffee Buttercream Frosting
Spongy coffee-infused cake is baked into cupcakes that have a mocha ganache filling, and then topped with even more coffee goodness in the form of fluffy coffee buttercream frosting. This coffee treat is not for the faint of heart, and will probably give you the coffee fix you need for the entire day.
This treat is baked with love and patience, but can be found over at CookieDoughAndOvenMitt.com.
7. No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream
Five ingredients (one of which is water) is all it takes to whip up some homemade coffee ice cream, and without an ice cream maker to boot! Not only is this recipe surprisingly easy, it even uses instant coffee. The hardest part will be waiting for this creamy mixture to freeze so you can enjoy it properly.
Head over to SprinkleSomeSugar.com to get the full details on this treat that’s perfect for warm summer nights.