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3 Delicious Ways Of Baking With Coffee Grounds

Published by: Chef Braam Botha • Updated: February 5, 2024 • Checked By: Chef Matty Riedel

If, like me, coffee is the only thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, you might be wondering how else you can incorporate this delicious, magical substance into other parts of your day. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that coffee doesn’t just have to have its spotlight in a mug but can also be a key ingredient in some delicious baking recipes. When the commute into London had me looking like a zombie each morning, I forced myself to like coffee and surprised myself with how much I now love the flavour. I then, of course, had to buy a coffee machine and a coffee grinder and found myself wondering how else can we use coffee grounds? 

One simple answer is baking. These three recipes show you how you can mix up traditional baking recipes with a twist that all coffee lovers will appreciate.  

Baking With Coffee Grounds: 3 Delicious Recipes 

1. Coffee Infused Banana Bread 

Think of this as Banoffee 2.0. Banana goes with just about anything, and coffee is no exception. With the world becoming banana bread connoisseurs in the past year, we thought it only right to include this coffee-infused version. You can always mix this recipe further by adding a handful of chocolate chips or chopped nuts.  

baking with coffee grounds - banana bread


  • 170g Caster Sugar  
  • 120g Butter  
  • 170g Self Raising Flour  
  • 2 Ripe Bananas  
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Ground Coffee  
  • 2 Large Eggs  
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° (Gas Mark 4).  
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric whisk or wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.  
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the two bananas with a fork until smooth and without lumps. 
  4. Sieve the flour into the bowl with the butter and sugar mixture to ensure there are no lumps.  
  5. Add in the rest of the ingredients and gently mix together until you have a smooth batter.  
  6. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and pour in the mixture, ensuring it is evenly distributed.  
  7. Place on the top shelf of the oven and cook for approximately 40 minutes.  
  8. Use a skewer to check that the loaf is cooked through by piercing the middle of the loaf. The Skewer should come out clean. 
  9. Leave the loaf to cool for five minutes before removing it from the tin.  
  10. Slice and serve warm with a generous layer of fresh butter. 

2. Breakfast Oat Cookies  

We all associate coffee with mornings and sipping it as an accompaniment to our breakfast of choice. With this recipe coffee plays a role in the breakfast itself. Take these breakfast cookies on the go and dip them in your cup of coffee for the ultimate flavor explosion. If you want to make your cookies go further spoon out smaller portions.  

baking with coffee grounds - breakfast oat cookies


  • 1 Ripe banana  
  • 40g Butter 
  • 60g Nut Butter of Choice  
  • 50g Maple Syrup  
  • 150g Blended Oats or Flour  
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon  
  • 50g Milk Chocolate  
  • 1 tbsp Coffee Grounds


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° (Gas Mark 4).  
  2. Use a rolling pin to smash the milk chocolate bar into pieces roughly the size of chocolate chips. 
  3. If you are using oats, place them in a blender and blend until fine like flour.  
  4. In a bowl mash the banana with a fork until smooth and without any lumps.  
  5. Add in the rest of the ingredients and combine with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are incorporated, be sure to scrape off any ingredients from the side of the bowl.  
  6. Line a baking paper with greaseproof paper or grease with butter.  
  7. Spoon six equal balls of the cookie mixture onto the baking tray. Ensure the cookies have equal space between them to stop them from joining when cooked.  
  8. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  
  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before transferring the cookies onto a wire cooling rack. 

3. Espresso Fudge Brownies  

Everyone loves brownies. Make them even more irresistible with a sprinkle of coffee grounds. These gooey, chocolatey bites are the perfect dessert for a dinner party to replace or compliment the classic Irish Coffee. Upgrade these brownies to triple chocolate by adding pieces of milk and white chocolate for a truly decadent experience.  

baking with coffee grounds - espresso fudge brownies


  • 100g Butter  
  • 1tsp Baking Powder 
  • 200g Dark Chocolate  
  • 30g Cocoa Powder or Hot Chocolate Powder 
  • 4 Eggs  
  • 250g Caster Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° (Gas Mark 4).  
  2. Fill a saucepan with water and heat over the hob until the water is bubbling.  
  3. Whilst you are waiting for the water to boil, smash the dark chocolate into pieces using a rolling pin.  
  4. Place the dark chocolate pieces and the butter into a glass bowl and place on the saucepan over the boiling water.  
  5. Continuously stir the chocolate and butter until melted into a smooth consistency. Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature.  
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together until light and fluffy. Be sure not to over whisk or the eggs will curdle.  
  7. Combine all the remaining ingredients and gently fold together until you have smooth brownie batter.  
  8. Line a square baking tin with greaseproof paper and pour in the mixture, ensuring it is evenly distributed.  
  9. Bake on the top shelf for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before tucking in. 

Baking With Coffee Grounds: Summing Up 

There’s no reason why your coffee grounds have to go to waste, and if you love the flavor of coffee, these recipes are a great and easy way of incorporating it into everyday baking. Experiment with your own baking recipes by adding a tbsp of coffee grounds to find your favorite combinations and we can guarantee once you added it, you’ll never go back! 

You might also enjoy these delicious recipes using coffee grounds. ENJOY!

Chef Braam Botha