How to use leftover coffee

If, like us, you can’t leave the house in the morning without a cup of coffee, here’s a scenario you may be familiar with. You make yourself a cafetiere of nice fresh coffee, and only have time to drink one cupful. Or, you make yourself a coffee with your nice, swish coffee machine, notice the time and have to abandon it. We hate wasting anything, but we particularly hate wasting coffee – so next time, save those leftovers for these easy recipes.

Easy ways to use leftover coffee

Breakfast oatmeal

Oats are a fantastic breakfast food, helping you to feel fuller for longer and less likely to snack during the morning. Not many of us have time to make porridge in the morning, though, so these soaked oats are a great alternative. For one serving, put 60ml cold coffee, 300ml milk (the type of milk you use is up to you, but almond milk, rice milk, soya or cow’s work equally well), 100g of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a squirt of honey into a container with a lid. Mix everything up and put it in the fridge overnight for a delicious breakfast in the morning – you can even grab it and eat it out of the container while you’re on the train!

Coffee cocktail

What can we say? You’ll be glad you didn’t throw Friday morning’s coffee away when you come home in the evening to this delicious coffee cocktail. Combine 60ml strong coffee, 120ml iced water and 30ml flavoured vodka (toffee or vanilla both work well). Serve in a martini glass with ice to taste.

Coffee ice cubes

Having some ‘coffee cubes’ in your freezer is very handy – drop them into ice coffee drinks so they don’t dilute the taste, or melt them into savoury sauces or baking recipes. Once you’ve got used to having these on standby, you’ll find a dozen uses for them

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