Caffeinated and cold, a tall glass of cold brew coffee is just what you need to chill out on hot days. And the popularity of cold brew coffee is really perking up. Sales for this sophisticated style of iced coffee skyrocketed 339 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to research.
What makes it so special — and different from plain ol’ iced coffee? It’s not as simple as throwing a couple of ice cubes in hot coffee. The trick is using good-quality coffee beans, coarsely grinding the beans and then coating the grounds with hot water. The brewing method (check out our how-to guide here) calls for 12 to 24 hours of steeping. Steeping the coffee makes each cup lower in acid and higher in caffeine. The result is a smooth, subtly sweet and rich chocolaty flavor that even cream-and-sugar lovers will appreciate drinking it black. Here, seven delicious cold brew coffee recipes that’ll extend your buzz from breakfast all the way to dessert.
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Get a one-two punch of worth-the-wait flavors in this overnight oatmeal recipe that calls for a 1:1 ratio of cold brew and unsweetened almond milk. The combination of beverages makes the oats nice and tender come morning. Protein powder and chia seeds give this breakfast extra muscle-boosting powers and help you stay fuller longer. Photo and recipe: Kristina LaRue / Love and Zest
How can your mood be anything but peppy when you’re eating chocolate and coffee at the same time? A frozen banana gives this healthy breakfast smoothie rich texture. Cacao powder and blueberries blended right in crank up the antioxidant level to notable proportions. It doesn’t hurt to add some omega-3-rich chia seeds, which have been shown to help improve your mood. Photo and recipe: Mckel Hill / Nutrition Stripped
This healthy ice cream recipe is as easy as one (choose a yogurt), two (pour in a splash of cold brew) and three (sweeten with just a touch of honey). Then churn and enjoy! For more crunch and healthy fats, top each cup with toasted nuts and your favorite nut butter, instead of hot fudge or caramel. Photo and recipe: Dixya Bhattarai / Food, Pleasure & Health
Give your shortstack superpowers! Cold brew infuses a deep mocha flavor into these fluffy pancakes without adding sugar. Opt for white whole-wheat flour to score the perfect balance of the nutrition your body needs and the light, airy texture your palate adores. Photo and recipe: Derek Campanile / Dad With a Pan
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Nope, those aren’t coffee beans in the pops. They’re chocolate chips! Cold brew and condensed milk are the only other ingredients you need to make a batch of these sweet and simple paletas. Photo and recipe: Sue Moran / The View From Great Island
Who needs a Dairy Queen Blizzard when you can have this fully-loaded breakfast parfait with way more healthy benefits and fewer calories? Layers of cold brew chia seed pudding, banana slices and chocolate protein smoothie make each bite incredibly delicious. Top with cubes of your favorite protein bar to satisfy your cravings for a candy bar. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack. Photo and recipe: Cara Carin / Cara’s Kitchen
Traditional affogato involves pouring a shot of espresso over ice cream or gelato, but with all this talk about uber-concentrated cold brew, we’re inspired to make the swap! Stick with slow-churned ice cream or light frozen yogurt to keep the fat content in check. Photo and recipe: Sonja and Alex Overhiser / A Couple Cooks