September 15, 2023 4 min read

Coffee Drink Recipes with Nuts

Delicious Nut Coffee Drinks: 3 Recipes to Boost Your Energy and Nutrition

Nuts are a great source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals. They also add a delicious flavor to coffee drinks. Here are three recipes for nut coffee drinks that are sure to boost your energy and nutrition:

Candied Espresso Walnuts

These candied walnuts are a delicious and energy-packed treat that you can make at home. They're made with espresso coffee beans, cinnamon, and salt, and they're perfect for snacking on or adding to coffee drinks.

This coffee drink recipe with nuts can be used to make a delicious and energy packed treat for yourself or as a gift! Makes 4 cups.

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground espresso coffee beans
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 4 cups walnut halves (about 12 ounces)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Whisk sugar and next 4 ingredients in small bowl. Whisk egg white in large bowl until frothy. Add walnuts; toss to coat. Sprinkle walnuts with espresso mixture and toss to coat. Spread coated walnuts on prepared sheet in single layer.
  2. Bake 5 minutes. Slide spatula under walnuts to loosen from baking sheet and stir, rearranging in single layer. Bake until walnuts are dry to touch, about 5 minutes longer. Loosen walnuts from sheet again; cool on sheet. DO AHEAD: Candied walnuts can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

This almond milk coffee creamer is a great alternative to dairy milk. It's made with almonds, water, vanilla, and maple syrup, and it's creamy and delicious.

If you are milk intolerant and just find the boxed almond milks too thin to replace the creamy goodness of milk, you may find this recipe a healthy alternative. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Pinch salt

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Mason Jar
  • Nut Milk Bag

Preparation

  1. SOAK Place 1 cup of raw almonds in a clean mason jar or other container with an airtight lid. Cover with 2 cups of water. Seal and let sit on the kitchen counter for 48 hours (but no longer)! Change out the water at least every 12 hours. Your almonds will be super plump at the end of the soaking. 
  2. PUREE Drain off the soaking water and rinse the almonds. Add the soaked almonds to a food processor or blender along with 1 1/2 cups of water. Pulse/puree until the almonds are pulverized and the mixture is white – about 30 seconds or so. 
  3. STRAIN This is where one special kitchen prop is important: a nut milk bag. A cheesecloth just doesn't work the same. Place the nut milk bag inside a bowl and then pour the pureed almond mixture into the bag. With super-clean hands, lift the bag and squeeze the dickens out of it to get every last bit of milk out. Lift the bag and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze with your hands until you get every last bit of milk out. What’s left there in the bag? That’s almond meal! 
  4. ADD A LITTLE FLAVOR But just a tad.This is where I add the teensiest bit of sweetness via pure maple syrup, and a touch of flavor with a little vanilla extract and a touch of salt.

Cashew Coffee Drink

This cashew coffee drink is a refreshing and nutritious way to start your day. It's made with strong coffee, cashews, honey, and salt, and it's perfect for enjoying hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 1 serving of strongly brewed coffee (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup cashews (roasted and unsalted is my favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (more or less to taste)
  • a small pinch of coarse sea salt

Preparation

  1. Blend all ingredients for about 45 seconds in a high-powered blender. Start on a lower speed and gradually work your way up, ending with about 15 seconds on a very high speed to ensure smooth and creamy texture. Pour into a mug and enjoy, or chill for later (see notes)!

Notes

Notes about cold vs. hot cashew coffee: Cashews straight out the package should blend just fine with hot coffee (although if you’re particular, just give them an overnight soak). If you want to a COLD cashew coffee, you have two options.

  • Option 1) Blend everything while your coffee is hot and then chill it overnight in a jar with a lid. It will separate, so just give it a good shake in the morning and pour over ice and you’ll be good to go.
  • Option 2) Soak your cashews in water for a few hours and give them a good rinse. Now they should blend up nicely with cold coffee – either cold press coffee or just chilled brewed coffee.

Here are some tips for making the best nut coffee drinks:

  • Use high-quality nuts. The quality of the nuts you use will make a big difference in the flavor of your coffee drinks.
  • Soak nuts before blending. Soaking nuts before blending helps to soften them and make them easier to blend.
  • Add flavors to taste. You can add a variety of flavors to your nut coffee drinks, such as cocoa powder, spices, or fruit.
  • Get creative! There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating nut coffee drinks. So get creative and experiment until you find a recipe that you love.

Here are some of the health benefits of nuts:

  • Nuts are a good source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals.
  • Nuts can help to lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health.
  • Nuts can help to control blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Nuts can help to boost energy levels and improve athletic performance.
  • Nuts can help to promote weight loss and weight management.

So next time you're looking for a delicious and nutritious coffee drink, try one of these nut coffee recipes. You won't be disappointed!

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