Most of us need a cup (or three) of Joe to get moving in the morning, but why leave this metabolism-boosting beverage on the breakfast table? Add some brewed coffee or espresso powder to dishes throughout the day for plenty of rich flavor and health benefits. From banana bread to steak, here are five healthy ways to cook with coffee.
Coffee-Rubbed Steak Tacos with Pickled Red Onions via My Daily Morsel These tacos are pretty simple, but the spicy chipotle-coffee rub makes them plenty flavorful. Balance it out with pickled onions, crumbly cheese, and a squeeze or two of lime juice. To keep the fat content low, start with an extra-lean cut of beef.
Café Mocha Protein Smoothie via The Fitness Dish Crunched for time in the morning? Whip up this smoothie for a shot of caffeine and a good dose of protein to keep you moving until lunchtime. Chocolate, cinnamon, and banana make this on-the-go breakfast like a (healthy) dessert in a glass.
Java Almond Butter via Katie Did Step away from the Nutella and give another nut spread a turn in the spotlight! This homemade butter only requires four ingredients and a food processor. Spread it on toast, fruit, or in yogurt for a healthy breakfast or snack anytime.
Black Bean & Espresso Chili via The Kitchen Sink The Superbowl is over, but this flavorful chili is delicious any time of year. Chipotle chili powder, cinnamon, and a big spoonful of espresso powder set this version apart from the rest. Serve it with freshly baked whole wheat bread or cornbread for an easy one-pot meal.
Espresso Banana Bread with Chocolate Covered Walnuts via Cooking Lessons What would go better with an cup of coffee than a slice of espresso-infused banana bread? This recipe is a little bit decadent (chocolate-dunked walnuts, anyone?) but perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.
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