33 Savory & Sweet Vegan Coffee Recipes You’ll Love

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. That’s equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year! Coffee consumption†has been steadily increasing since 2011, and coffee is now the second†most valuable legally traded commodities†in the world.†It’s obvious that many of us love waking up to a hot mug of java, but coffee is much more than a delicious caffeine delivery system.

Studies show coffee can be pretty good for us,†too. Caffeine in moderation can improve memory, boost metabolism and even give us an athletic boost. Drinking coffee can also lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and gout, as well as breast, rectal or colon cancer. But the beans get even better. Coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants, even without caffeine. Even used coffee grounds are a good source of nutrients.

It is possible to overload on caffeineódrinking more than 400 mg of caffeine per day (that’s between three to four cups of coffee) can result in restlessness, insomnia, anxiety and a fast heartbeat. So it’s best to consume caffeine in moderation.

Related:†10 Surprising Coffee Facts

It’s easy to think of coffee only as a drink, but adding coffee to a food recipe is an easy way to turn an average dish into something complex and exotic. Coffee’s roasted quality, bitterness, and acidity make it perfect to add to bold, spicy, earthy or nutty ingredients, and it’s the natural complement to sweet ones as well. The taste combinations are surprisingly bold and have an incredible depth of flavor.

From spice rubs to marinades to slow-roasting vegetables on coffee beans, coffee lends itself well to sweet or savory dishes. Check out these recipes that showcase coffee’s culinary versatility and get inspired to add a bit of buzz to your next meal. vegan recipes

The Savory

Coffee is wonderfully versatile, it’s complex taste pairs well with strong flavors. Try grinding up the beans, adding in salt, pepper and chili powder to create a spice rub perfect for crusting tofu, tempeh or seitan. Brew a strong pot of coffee and use it as a marinade or in a vinaigrette. Roast vegetables over a layer of coffee beans for an unusual twist. To capitalize on the not-so-bitter side of coffee, brew just before adding it to a recipe. Much like wine, the right coffee should be paired with the right dish. Dark-roast and strongly brewed coffee pairs well with hearty, robust dishes. Lighter roasts work well in dishes where you want undertones of coffee without overwhelming the other flavors.

Try these spice rubs and marinades:

vegan recipes The Sweet

The nuanced flavor of coffee enhances the flavor of sweet desserts, especially chocolate onesócoffee and chocolate are made for each other. From ice creams to cakes, coffee can be snuck into almost any dessert, giving it that extra something special. As with the savory recipes, coffee will start to go bitter in about 15 minutes, so brew the coffee close to the time you need to use it.

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It seems hardly fair to talk about all the deliciously satisfying ways to have coffee without at least mentioning a few delightfully creative dairy-free coffee beverages you can make at home.

Need some help finding the perfect non-dairy coffee creamer for your cup of Joe? Check out this handy†Guide to Dairy-Free Coffee Creamers.

Do you have a favorite way to incorporate coffee into your meals? Share in the comments!

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