Tired of Drinking Coffee? Try These 7 Caffeinated Breakfasts

You get your caffeine in the form of coffee in the morning, but did you know you can eat it for breakfast, too? There are a number of recipes around the Web that not only taste like coffee but also help you feel the effects. The simple addition of instant espresso granules can take your breakfast from good to great. Check out these seven creative morning meals, and just say no to boring bagels and breads. Not only are these breakfasts caffeinated and delicious, some of them are even nutritious, and almost anything you prepare homemade can be made healthy.

1. Mocha Crunch Steel Cut Oatmeal

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First up: Oatmeal with a side of caffeine. Try this Mocha Crunch Steel Cut Oatmeal from The Kitchn and take your oats from comforting to caffeinated. The steel cut oats are made with water, but they’re also mixed with nuts, cocoa powder, instant espresso, and even a few chocolate chips. Anyone who calls oatmeal boring has not tried this version of the hearty and wholesome breakfast. And even better, the recipe serves 2 to 4 so you can enjoy the morning meal all week long.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup roasted mixed nuts
  • ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Milk or cream, to serve

See full recipe directions at The Kitchn

2. Coffee Pancakes

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Here’s another way you can get a kick of caffeine from your favorite carbs. Enter: coffee Pancakes from A Cozy Kitchen. Caffeine dreams really do come true. Step away from the pancake mix, and make your hot cakes from scratch with a healthy handful of instant coffee granules. Your breakfast will boast a coffee flavor that is bold but not overwhelming, and unsurprisingly, it pairs perfectly with your favorite morning beverage.


  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

See full recipe directions at A Cozy Kitchen

3. Coffee Banana Smoothie

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If you like to double-fist your coffee and breakfast in the morning, try this breakfast recipe you can slurp right down. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing morning meal, this Coffee Banana Smoothie from Cookin Canuck is for you. It requires little more than a handful of ingredients and serves 3. All you need to do to make your Coffee Banana Smoothie is blend up chilled coffee, Greek yogurt, bananas, honey, and cinnamon. The breakfast tastes like a treat but is good for you, too.


  • 1 cup chilled Seattle’s Best brewed coffee
  • 1½ bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 6 ice cubes

See full recipe directions at Cookin Canuck

4. Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins

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Muffins are another vehicle that can deliver on your need for caffeine. Try these Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins from Cooking Light, and kill two birds with one stone. You’ll feel satiated and caffeinated in no time thanks to these muffins that only require staple baking ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time. The recipe serves 12 so make these Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins on a Sunday and don’t even think about cooking breakfast for the rest of the week.


  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

See full recipe directions at Cooking Light

5. Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

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Next up we have a recipe from Inside Bru Crew Life for Cappucino Chip Granola Bars. These bars make clean eating at breakfast easy. You can make the morning meal ahead of time and reach for the bars on your way out the door. Thanks to Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars’ wholesome oats and rice cereal, they’ll keep you satisfied all morning long while helping you get your caffeine. Better yet, they’re no-bake bars, so they don’t even require use of your oven. Grab them out of the refrigerator and go.


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • 2¼ cups cocoa Rice Krispies cereal
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips

See full recipe directions at Inside Bru Crew Life

6. Espresso Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones

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When you deserve a treat in the morning, bake yourself up these Espresso Chocolate Chip Scones from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. Scones you buy in coffee shops and at bakeries can be dense and tasteless, but these Espresso Chocolate Chip Scones are bold and flavorful. Spiked with chocolate chips and espresso, the scones are rich and chocolately but also hearty and healthy thanks to the addition of whole-wheat flour. The recipe only takes 35 minutes to make and serves 8.


  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unrefined or granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder

See full recipe directions at Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

7. Mocha Granola

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Last but not least: a healthy homemade granola to throw on your Greek yogurt or smoothie. This Mocha Granola from Amy’s Healthy Baking requires just 6 ingredients and 45 minutes of baking time. Even better, it can easily be stored and saved for delicious breakfasts all week. The recipe yields 3 cups of granola and plays on the perfect combination of coffee and dark chocolate. If you like your oats crunchy and caffeinated, try this mouth-watering Mocha Granola.


  • 1½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1½ cup Rice Krispies cereal
  • 6 tablespoons strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tablespoon canola or melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

See full recipe directions at Amy’s Healthy Baking

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