How to Use Cold Brew Coffee in Homemade Desserts (+ 3 Recipes)
When you need a caffeine boost on scorching summer days but don’t want to drink hot coffee, make yourself a jar of cold brew coffee.
So many people love this brewing method because it’s an easy way to get perfectly smooth and sweet-tasting coffee without the jitters. One batch of cold brew concentrate can last you for days and you can use it in many different iced coffee recipes.
You can also use cold brew concentrate to make coffee-flavored pops and ice cream, or use it in baking for cookies and cake.
Here are 3 recipes to help you learn how to make the creamiest, most delicious cold brew coffee ice cream.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
Cold brew concentrate is the basis for making cold brew coffee or iced coffee. By adding liquid to the concentrate in the form of milk or water, you can adjust the caffeine content and strength of the coffee.
Here's how to make cold brew coffee concentrate:
Servings: 4 cups cold brew concentrate
- 1 cup whole coffee beans ( equals around 2 cups coarsely ground beans)
- 4-5 cups water
Grind the coffee beans coarsely and transfer them into an airtight container for steeping. Pour the water over the grounds and let it steep for at least 12 hours, ideally for 20 hours. When you’re ready to use the concentrate, strain it and keep it in the fridge.
Sträva Tip: Cold brew concentrate is very strong in taste and caffeine content. This depends on the type and amount of coffee beans and how much water you’re using. However, cold brew coffee is sweeter in taste than regularly brewed coffee as this brewing method leaves the bitterness of the coffee beans behind.
Cold Brew Coffee Dessert Recipes
You don’t need a special occasion to treat yourself and your loved ones with a mouthwatering dessert. From cookies and biscotti to caffeinated brownies and coffee banana bread, there’s a dessert out there for all coffee lovers.
We prepared 3 easy homemade dessert recipes with cold brew coffee to satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings.
Cold Brew Coffee Banana Bread Recipe
Servings: 1 loaf (around 12 slices)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda + 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ cup brown sugar (or other sweetener of choice)
- A pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin spice
- A pinch of salt
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 4-6 tbsp. cold brew concentrate
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Prepare the loaf pan by spraying it with cooking spray or grease it with butter.
In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients until well combined. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and add the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for at least 1 hour. To check if the bread is ready, poke the center with a toothpick. If it comes out dry, remove the bread from the oven and let it cool.
Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew for this recipe, we recommend our Sträva Intro Strength Medium Roast with 4 mg CBD per serving.
Cold Brew Coffee Brownies Recipe
Servings: 16 pieces
- 10 tbsp. cold brew coffee concentrate
- ½ cup melted butter, unsweetened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar (or other sweetener of choice)
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease your baking pan with oil, cooking spray, or butter.
In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together until fluffy and smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and cold brew coffee concentrate. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
Bake for at least 30 minutes. To check if the brownies are ready, poke the center with a toothpick. If it comes out with moist brownie crumbs, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool.
Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew coffee for this recipe, we recommend our Sträva Maximum Strength Dark Roast with 10 mg CBD per serving.
Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Servings: 18-20 cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1/3 cup brown sugar (or other sweetener of choice)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (optional, for dark cookies)
- A pinch of salt
- 2-4 tbsp. cold brew concentrate (add more for stronger coffee flavor)
- 1 medium egg
- 3 tbsp. butter, softened
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a different bowl, beat the sugar and butter until creamy and add the egg. Mix to incorporate, and add the cold brew coffee and vanilla extract. Once incorporated, slowly add the dry ingredients and continue to mix on lower speed.
Once you get a compact dough, add the chocolate chips and fold them into the dough. Make small balls and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are light brown in color.
Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew coffee for this recipe, we recommend our Sträva Regular Strength Dark Roast with 10 mg CBD per serving.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Mouth-Watering Cold Brew Coffee Dessert Recipes
Find more refreshing coffee recipes here that you can make all summer when you need a boost of caffeine in an ice-filled glass to keep you cool.
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Cold brew coffee is more than just a trend – it’s slowly becoming a kitchen staple, especially for coffee lovers who need all the caffeine they can get without the jitters.
Cold brew coffee can sit in the fridge for days and you’ll always have a cup of fresh, ice-cold coffee to get you out of a slump. You can also bake desserts and cakes with cold brew coffee as it has a slightly sweet taste compared to regularly brewed coffee.