Recipes With Ground Coffee (Great Ideas)

Ground coffee

Have you ever tried bringing a little twist to the way you take your coffee?

Aside from being brewed into the usual drink, there are so many recipes where ground coffee can be used. And some of them may surprise you!

From marinated chicken to sweet bread, to fun martinis, there’s no shortage of culinary uses for ground coffee. I myself like to use coffee rubs for my barbeque meat.

My friends even often ask what my secret ingredient is. Little do they know it’s just coffee!

If you’re curious about what else you can make with coffee, I have compiled a few ideas for you below.

Have fun reading!

Can You Use Coffee Grounds in Recipes?

Yes! You can definitely use coffee grounds in recipes for making your favorite meal or drink.

Coffee, in particular, works really well with pork, beef, and fish. Aside from adding a deep flavor to the meat, coffee can also tenderize it. I’m pretty sure you’ll also love the taste of coffee-rubbed grilled fish.

For desserts and drinks, coffee elegantly complements dark chocolate and as flavors to your favorite homemade cake.

The delicious earthiness and rich flavor of coffee beans is indeed a wonderful addition to many drinks and meals.

What Can I Make With Ground Coffee?

Here are some savory dishes where you can make use of ground coffee:

  • coffee sugar cookies
  • decadent mocha muffins
  • all-purpose coffee rub
  • gluten-free coffee granola
  • coffee cake muffins with ground coffee
  • paleo coffee rub for steaks

I have tried most of these dishes and they’re all delicious. However, the one thing that I’ll never forget is the savory coffee flavor of the coffee cake muffins.

You should definitely try it. Here’s a simple recipe for you.

Coffee Main Course Recipes

Find yourself in a bind over your dinner’s main course? In such a case, my go-to dish is the coffee-marinated skirt steak recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts!

Trust me, it will not disappoint. The combined flavor of Worcestershire sauce, parsley, espresso, and rosemary strikes the right balance of sweet and smoky.

Meanwhile, Coffee Brined Chicken is going to be the best chicken dish you’ll ever try. This recipe uses milk, orange juice, and coffee for the marinade, resulting in butter-tender meat and an irresistible aroma!

If you have the whole weekend to prepare, I also recommend these amazing Coffee-Crusted Barbecue Beef Ribs. It uses paprika, ground coffee beans, and peppercorn and results in very moist, perfectly-seared beef ribs!

How Do You Bake With Coffee?

Coffee is a great addition to your baking recipe.

Ground coffee is a great addition to cakes or brownies! Just replace water with brewed coffee for a richer flavor.

I am a big fan of Pumpkin Spice Latte Waffles. They are easy to whip up and are crispy with a hint of coffee. Serve with earth balance and maple syrup, and they are sure to be a hit!

If you’re in the mood for more coffee-centered recipes, I got a few delicious ones for you!


Coffee + Cardamom Shortbread is a great recipe for the holidays! It’s soft, buttery, and very addictive. It works great with light to medium roast coffee.

If you’re a fan of cardamom, you can also check out this Finnish Cardamom-Coffee Bread recipe. It has a certain rusty quality but is very soft and chewy on the inside.

Mexican Coffee Buns are also sumptuous afternoon snacks topped with coffee and powdered sugar. This cream topping is unforgettable!

Brownies & Cookies

No one can resist freshly baked cookies and caffeinated cookies. They are perfect for a little coffee pick-me-up along with your dessert. But, keep them away from the kiddos though unless you want a couple of hopped-up monkeys running around.

If you like soft, chewy cookie bars then you should definitely try making these coffee chocolate chip blondies. This recipe is foolproof and straightforward to make. And, they are made with all the things we love: coffee, chocolate, and pecans!

This Turkish coffee chocolate brownie recipe features the intriguing flavors of espresso, cardamom seeds, and vanilla extract. It’s decadent and deep, with just the right amount of sweetness!

Ice Cream

What’s better than ice cream? Coffee ice cream, in particular! You don’t need an expensive ice cream maker to enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade ice cream.

Just churn and chill coffee, toffee, heavy cream, and dulce de leche overnight and you have yourself coffee ice cream!

Ice cream sandwiches bring out the kid in all of us. This playful Vegan Chocolate Coffee take on ice cream sandwiches are perfect to indulge in during a rainy, relaxed Saturday at home.

And for one last delectable dessert, I present to you the classic coffee jelly:

Refreshing chilled coffee jelly recipe topped with delightful whipped cream and coffee bean.

Coffee-Based Drinks With a Twist!

Your cup of regular brewed coffee can go from 0 to 100 real quick with a few handy variations! And it’s not just whipped cream or caramel either.

You can always add some healthy alternatives such as fruits to start your day the right way.

This Tahini Date Shake with Coffee recipe incorporates the tasty ground hulled sesame seeds called Tahini, Medjool dates, a sprinkle of sea salt, and coffee for a very lush and creamy shake that is slightly a step ahead of your regular morning coffee.

If you’re fond of oatmeal in the morning, you can also check out this awesome Vanilla Latte Overnight Oatmeal recipe that combines coffee with rolled oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla extract.

The nutritional properties of rolled oats and chia seeds are chock-full of antioxidants and are very good for your digestion. Leave them in your fridge overnight and you’ll have a very tasty and healthy drink in the morning!

Out for the night and feeling adventurous? Order the straightforward Irish coffee that pucks a punch or go deeper with the Espresso Martini that perfectly blends the bitterness of coffee and the sweetness of Kahlua.

You can even recreate your own boozy coffee drinks at home with these easy recipes.

Can You Put Coffee Grounds in Smoothie?

Yes, you can definitely add coffee grounds in your smoothie!

It does only add flavor and texture to the smoothie but also provide caffeine without needing to brew coffee. Also, you’ll get the benefits of caffeine without it being diluted in the brewing process.

Coffee contains antioxidants which is an added bonus for your smoothie. It is also composed of several chemicals responsible for antioxidant activity, anticarcinogenic activity, antimutagenic activity, and more.

However, I suggest using non-brewed coffee on your smoothie to enhance its flavor. You could use instant coffee too but it doesn’t taste as good as the fresh coffee grounds.

I have recently experimented on this Good Morning Coffee Lover’s Smoothie that I have seen while browsing for coffee smoothie recipes. It tasted heavenly! You should give it a try.

Can I Use Ground Coffee for Baking?

Yes, it is a fine idea to use ground coffee as substitute for instant coffee in baking. But the condition is, the coffee needs to be finely ground to prevent crusty texture in your cake.

Honestly, I am not a fan of instant coffee which is the reason why I choose to use finely ground espresso powder for baking purposes.

Since I discovered ground coffee can be used in baking, I changed sides. And now ground coffee is my secrets to baking savory and delicious cakes!

Here’s an easy coffee cake recipe for you to try.

Can You Die from Eating Coffee Grounds?

No, you will not die from eating coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are edible and will provide you with healthy amounts of caffeine, antioxidants, and dietary fibers which are all safe to consume.

The thing is, eating too much coffee grounds can lead to heart burn, stomach upset, and sleep disturbance.

The safe limit for caffeine consumption is at 400 mg per day and anything more than that can lead to an overdose. But caffeine overdose is rare and it happens mostly due to taking caffeine and tablets, not from beverages like your cup of coffee.

So, in simpler terms, you will not die from eating coffee as long as you consume it in moderation!

Final Thoughts

Coffee can bring such complex and interesting flavors to your meal, dessert, or drink. From juicy marinades to sweet and creamy toppings, there are so many coffee-based recipes that you can try!

The flexibility of coffee can give you creative leeway in the kitchen, and there are so many coffee-based variations and recipes waiting to be discovered by you.

Coffee is indeed versatile! It goes well with your smoothies, cakes, desserts, and other main courses.

However, be sure to use it in food minimally and to consume it responsibly to avoid its nasty side effects.

So, which coffee recipe are you going to try this time?

Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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