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Feed Your Body Friday: National Coffee Day Recipes

Since today is National Coffee Day, we’re sharing 3 awesome and simple recipes, all starring coffee!

Coffee does not have a reputation for being particularly healthy, like tea. However, it has undeniable beneficial effects if you don’t abuse it or over-saturate it with sugar or cream.

Not only is coffee a powerful antioxidant, it also appears to have a protective effect against several diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and the most common form of arthritis.

Whether it’s to help us start our day, or to add a delicious touch in our desserts, here are 3 recipes to celebrate Coffee National Day!

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake

Coffee pairs beautifully with dark chocolate. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12


  • 1 lb. soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee (you can use the leftovers from the coffee you had in the morning!)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup of black quality chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup powder sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter and flour a round mould. Set aside.
  2. With a hand mixer, whisk the butter with the sugar for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at the time and mix well between each addition.
  4. Add the coffee, flour, and baking powder, and mix well.
  5. Pour the coffee mixture into the mould.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the tip of a knife or toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Wait 5 minutes before un-moulding to let cake cool at room temperature.
  8. Melt the chocolate chips at a low temperature in a small saucepan.
  9. Pour the melted chocolate over the cake, let it cool once again, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Latté

Are you excited for the return of fall to enjoy a good pumpkin spice latte? Since the versions at the coffee shop are really expensive and full of sugar, we’ve come up with a much less expensive and healthier version.

Preparation Time: 12 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1 1/2 cups strong coffee
  • whipping cream


  1. Mix the milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla in a cup with a fork. Microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Add the coffee and mix well.
  3. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle with pumpkin spice, and enjoy!

Coffee Milkshake

Everyone loves a good iced coffee in summer - why not take it one step further and make your own coffee milkshake?

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 1/2 cup very cold, strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 large scoops of vanilla ice cream


  1. Pour the cold coffee and milk into a blender.
  2. Add vanilla ice cream
  3. Mix until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more milk.
  4. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

If you’re consuming above 400 mg of caffeine a day, it’s not uncommon to feel heart palpitations, to be more irritable, and to have trouble sleeping at night. People suffering from heartburn should also limit their coffee consumption. It’s better to adapt your coffee consumption according to your own caffeine tolerance, or just opt for decaffeinated coffee.

The taste of a recipe can also change dramatically depending on the roast type and the amount of coffee you choose. The same recipe can become very different if you increase the dosage of coffee, or if you choose a flavoured roast, like vanilla or caramel. You can also use just a little bit of coffee in your baking to awaken and bring out sweeter flavors

Related Article: Feed Your Body Friday - 3 Summer Iced Drinks

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