The Health Benefits of Coffee: 3 Easy Recipes Using Coffee You’ll Love

Fresh whole wheat waffles with ice cream, maple syrup and coffee on a wooden background

Turns out, having your morning cup of joe does have its perks! Studies show that coffee can be preventative for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes and obesity. The List chatted with nutritional biochemist Dr. Shawn Talbott who explained the benefits of consuming coffee. And to help you put these principals into practice, we’ve included a few creative recipes to try by Chef Mario Gebran.

1. Coffee Waffle

Here’s something that will blow your mind. You can actually put coffee into waffle mix for a breakfast that’s out-of-this-world delicious. Not only will your waffle taste better, but it will give you a boost of caffeine. Tip: make sure that the coffee grounds you use are extra small, so it gives a nice, smooth flavor to your waffle.


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp finely-ground coffee


Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee grounds. Add milk texture to dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Mist waffle iron slightly with cooking spray. Pour approximately 1/2 cup batter onto the waffle iron, close and cook for approximately 2 1/2 minutes or until golden brown.


2. Coffee-Rubbed Steak

Our next caffeinated creation is coffee-rubbed steak. You’ll be amazed at how the richness of the coffee will match perfectly with the smokiness of a good old steak. It will take your grilling party to the next level! 

Ingredients for New York Strip Dry Rub: 

Equal parts sea salt, pepper and finely-ground coffee

After rubbing olive oil all over your steak, generously apply the dry rub to all parts of the steak including the sides. Heat grill to high and grill steak on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Then reduce heat to medium-low and finish cooking steak to desired doneness.


3. Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our last coffee recipe is the pick-me-up chocolate chip cookies. We’re keeping this recipe simple, using your favorite chocolate chip cookie mix. We’re putting a twist to it, however, with the coffee grounds. Again, make sure they’re ground really small to give your cookies that smooth flavor. 


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp finely-ground coffee  


Heat oven to 350F degrees. In a large bowl, beat granulated and brown sugars, butter and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed. You can also use a spoon to mix until creamy. Stir in flour, coffee grounds, baking soda and salt.

Drop dough by 1/4 cup fulls about two inches apart onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and edges are set. Cool four minutes and remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Just when you thought coffee couldn’t get any better! You now have three recipes that will take your love of it to the next level.

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