coffee granola recipe from used coffee grinds

Stop Tossing Your Used Coffee Grinds and Make This Delicious Treat Instead

This coffee granola recipe will make your mornings a little brighter and the evironment a little healthier.

I’m a BIG coffee drinker.

I take it black, as a latte, in espresso shots, with some Bailey’s, infused in a milkshake, in the morning, and the afternoon, and just about any other way that’s available. It helped me get out of bed each morning when I didn’t want to and was there for me when I needed an afternoon pick-up. Coffee and I had a really great thing going… until I discovered this…

The demand for coffee is putting a harsh demand on the environment, specifically the deforestation of rainforests.

How much of a impact does coffee product have on the evironment?

As it turns out, coffee is among those foods pushing an unsustainable agenda on global agriculture. Coffee product eats-up an enormous amount of natural resources each year:

And those paper cups so many of us use? Those may cost vendors mere cents, but the planet pays a steep price:

      • 20 million trees
      • 56 billion gallons of water

That’s how much it costs to produce 58 billion paper cups that end up in landfills each year.

Curb your coffee impact with small, smart changes

After learning this, I knew I needed to do something to change my coffee habits. I wasn’t ready to fall out of love with coffee, but I needed a change.

I started by cutting my coffee consumption to just 1 cup per day – goodbye afternoon coffee. Then I researched ways to make my coffee drink more sustainable. Although, no matter how sustainable I could make that cup of coffee, I always threw away the used grinds. Surely, I thought, there was a way to eliminate this step.

The best coffee granola recipe using old coffee grinds

From desserts to drinks to dinner ideas, I experimented with different recipes to which I could add coffee grinds. Some turned out much better than others, until I made this… and it turned out to be the best vehicle for coffee I’ve ever tasted.

Granola is one of those homemade treats I share often with family and friends. However, I was getting bored with the two versions I typically made and hungered for a new recipe that wasn’t too sweet. I started to make my traditional maple granola recipe when I saw my French press on the counter next to the oats.

Thus, my coffee granola recipe came to be.

The first time I made this recipe I used pecans and walnuts as my add-ins of choice. Personally, I recommend cracking a few hazelnuts and almonds to add instead. The choice is yours!

Coffee Granola with Roasted Hazelnuts

coffee granola recipe from used coffee grinds

This delicious and simple granola recipe lets you repurpose those used coffee grinds and gives your morning an extra lift.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time25 min
  • Yield8
  • Serving Size1/2 cup
  • Energy313 cal
  • Cuisine
    • American
  • Course
    • Breakfast
    • Snack
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian


  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup used coffee grinds
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts (or preferred nuts)



Preheat the oven to 350 F. Whisk the maple syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, cinnamon, and coffee grinds in a large bowl until well combined.

With a wooden spoon, mix in the oats and nuts until evenly coated. Pour the granola onto a rimmed baking tray and spread evenly across. Bake for 20 minutes or until the oats are golden brown.

  • 8 servings per container
  • Serving Size1/2 cup
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories313
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat16.8 g21.54%
  • Saturated Fat2.5 g12.5%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Sodium5 mg0.22%
  • Total Carbohydrate37.3 g13.56%
  • Dietary Fiber4.2 g15%
  • Total Sugars14.4 g
  • Protein5.5 g11%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0 IU0%
  • Calcium44 mg3.38%
  • Iron2 mg11.11%
  • Potassium5 mg0.11%
  • * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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