Things to Eat with Coffee
I think we can all agree that a hot cup of coffee is one of life's greatest pleasures. I can drink coffee morning, noon, and night, and often do. Did you know though, that drinking coffee on an empty stomach can potentially cause a spike in blood sugar? It can also cause an increase in stomach acid production, which can worsen heartburn if you're someone who is prone to that (which I am). So to that end, I've put together a list of some delicious recipes that you can make to accompany your morning coffee (and afternoon coffee, too!). Here are 31 Things to Eat with Cofffee1
Whether you're a breakfast person or not, most people seem to agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So here are a few sweet options to get your day started right!
Whether you like a classic buttermilk or these whimsical Funfetti ones, pancakes and creamy cup of coffee are always a perfect match. Satisfy your sweet tooth in the morning by indulging in a classic breakfast treat. One of the best things to eat with coffee!
The unsung hero of the breakfast world and my favorite breakfast food. Have you ever noticed that the question is always: pancakes or waffles? Classic French toast doesn't get nearly enough love in my book. Top your toast with syrup and whipped cream, or fresh fruit and powdered sugar. Either way, your taste buds are in for a treat.
The king of breakfast foods. Waffles are so popular, they even have their own house! (get it? Waffle House?) What a great way for coffee lovers to start their day. Waffles are one of my favorite breakfast foods.
The beauty of muffins is that they're so incredibly versatile. They can be full of fruit and chia seeds and healthy fibers for a healthy start to the day, or they can be chock full of dark chocolate chips or peanut butter for an indulgent Sunday brunch. Any way you make them, they're always a hit.
Sweet Breakfasts Part 2
Belgian waffles and regular waffles are actually different kinds of waffles entirely! Regular waffles are thinner and denser. Belgian waffles are made using a lifting agent (usually baking powder) for a light and airy texture. They are also made in a specific Belgian Waffle Maker, which has deeper pockets - the better for more syrup. Either one is good, but my personal preference is the Belgian Waffle.
For my money, there's almost nothing better than a fresh baked cinnamon roll. The sweet runny icing on top, the brown sugar cinnamon filling, the light and airy dough. It's all so good. I think that cinnamon rolls are one of those lazy weekend morning breakfasts that just feel special. They take awhile to make, but boy are they worth it.
For most people, eating donuts and hot coffee in the morning means a quick trip through a drive through. But baked donuts are super easy to make at home, and they can be one of the healthy things you do for yourself when you make them using paleo ingredients such as oat milk and pure pumpkin.
Scones and a cup of strong coffee are a match made in heaven. One of Starbucks main sellers are their different variations on scones, and it's easy to see why. Scones can be sweet or savory, and they're just as good midday or after diner as they are in the morning. The next time you head to your local coffee shop, check out their scones. If you can't wait that long, make these!
For those who like a less sweet start to their day, here are some savory options that go just as well with a rich cup of coffee as those sweet options.
Shakshuka is a popular dish of Middle Eastern and North African descent. Made by poaching eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, and then eaten either with a fork or by dipping bread into the eggs, this dish is a good source of protein to get your day started. It's easy to make, healthy as all get out, and absolutely delicious. It's also great with coffee!
I know what you're thinking - isn't oatmeal a sweet breakfast? It totally can be, but if you've never tried savory oatmeal with an egg on top, you're truly missing out. But if that idea is too much for you, a classic oatmeal with a some berries and a little bit of honey are a total classic breakfast, and is a perfect pair with a cup of black coffee.
Scrambled eggs and coffee might just be the most classic breakfast food pairings I can think of. Creamy and healthy scrambled eggs are the perfect way to start the day off on the right foot. Mix a little bit of cream cheese or cottage cheese into your eggs for some extra protein, and serve it with avocado for some healthy fats. Add a slice of toast, and you've got the total package.
Another breakfast food that can go sweet or savory. What I love about granola is that it's so customizable. You can add little sweet treats in the form of chocolate chips or candies, or keep it really healthy with nuts, seeds, and unsweetened coconut.
Savory Breakfasts Part 2
Here are some more delicious savory breakfasts that give you a good reason to get out of bed in the morning!
Keeping things on the egg train here, quiche is a great dish to make for large breakfast gatherings because you don't have to stand around a stove like a short order cook to make enough to feed 6 people. Throw the ingredients in a dish, pop it in the oven, and then have a healthy breakfast 30 minutes later. Extra points for this crust-less quiche for being a good choice for the carb conscious among us.
I mean, what can I say about bacon that hasn't been said already? This candied bacon is just a touch sweet, but still smoky and delicious and a great pairing with a cup of cold brew coffee.
Bagels are one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods, and they're a popular choice by people all around the world (although they look different from country to country). This recipe takes all the waiting out of making bagels, so you can be sitting down to a delicious breakfast first thing!
Is there anything more decadent than a flaky croissant? What if you fry it up like French toast? Or make it into a breakfast sandwich? Or just slather some jelly on it? Croissants never last long in my house because they make a great snack as well as a great breakfast!
The REAL most important meal of the day, am I right?
Most coffee cake doesn't actually have any coffee in it. We can forgive it for that though, because it's so gosh darn delicious! It's also good at any time of the day, so if you want to eat some for breakfast don't worry - I wont tell. Coffee cake is one of my very favorite things to eat with coffee!
The very best way to eat biscotti is dipped in some dark roast coffee, and no one can tell me otherwise. This delicious treat is an Italian cookie that's baked twice to be as crispy and crunchy as absolutely possible. Then, when you dunk it into coffee, it's the perfect texture to munch on as an afternoon snack or after-dinner treat.
These cookies just go to show that you don't need animal products to make a superior cookie. Vegan Biscoff cookies are a great companion to a cup of coffee on a rainy afternoon.
A classic Italian dessert - Affogato is vanilla ice cream or gelato with a strong espresso poured over top. It's decadent, sinful, and makes you feel incredibly fancy. At least it makes ME feel that way. I'm nowhere near a trip to Italy, but I can pretend when I'm eating this classic dessert.
Desserts Part 2
No-Bake Cookies are (in my opinion) the best cookies to go with a cup of coffee. They're ready in under 15 minutes, and they go well with any type of coffee.
If coffee and cheesecake is good enough for the Golden Girls, then it's good enough for me. This classic pairing is a great option for entertaining, as I don't know that I've ever met any coffee drinkers that don't like cheesecake. So the next time you're asking what you can make for a party, give these mini cheesecakes a try!
I have a tendency to believe that whatever dessert is in front of me right at that moment is my favorite dessert. So if I'm looking at a creme brulee or a candy bar that is without a doubt my favorite thing. But in reality, if I had to choose one dessert to have for the rest of my life, it would be brownies, and I would start with these dairy free brownies!
So - you take regular chocolate chip cookies, and you add chopped up Butterfingers to it. Have you ever heard of anything more genius than this? I know I haven't.
Because coffee isn't just for the morning time - here are a few healthy snacks (and some not so healthy) that you can enjoy any time of day.
A classic fruit salad is a great side dish for morning, noon or night, and it pairs exceptionally well with a glass of iced coffee.
These classy little sandwiches are a staple at tea-time, but you can enjoy them with coffee too! I love the addition of dill to these sandwiches.
A great afternoon pick me up, these peanut butter protein balls are easy to make and are a tasty treat when your energy levels start to dip. Pair it with a coffee, and you're good to go for the rest of the day!
Take the classic after school snack to a whole new level by frying it like a grilled cheese in your air fryer. You get warm and gooey peanut butter with the sweet jelly and crisp bread for delicious recipe your kiddos are sure to love!
Coffee is already a drink, but it just so happens to pair exceptionally well with alcohol. So if you're 21, check out these boozy coffee drinks for your next cocktail party.
You'll be just as cool as a certain super spy drinking one of these Espresso Martini's, and you'll have the energy to stay up all night fighting crime! Win Win!
Kentucky is famous for Bourbon, and Kentucky Coffee is a delicious mixture of coffee and bourbon topped with whipped cream.
Like Kentucky coffee, but instead of bourbon, you add your favorite Irish Whiskey. Top with whipped cream and you've got a drink and a dessert in one!