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.
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:
That’s how much it costs to produce 58 billion paper cups that end up in landfills each year.
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.
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!
This delicious and simple granola recipe lets you repurpose those used coffee grinds and gives your morning an extra lift.
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.