Cafe Foods and Drinks You Can Make at Home
Stay home, it’s not worth the risk. Bring the cafe to your house with these easy foods and drinks you can make on your own.
If you’re like the rest of society right now, you miss being outside. Perhaps more specifically, you miss getting your iced latte and bagel at your favorite coffee shop in the morning. Or maybe even your large black coffee and donut. Regardless, your mornings just aren’t the same without that $5 caffeine fix.
No need to worry, though! More often than not, you can easily make some of the coffee, tea, and foods they sell at cafes. The ingredients aren’t complicated, and you most likely already have them at home. Now more than ever is the perfect time to try making these at home. So here are seven common cafe foods and drinks you can make at home.
The infamous and widely loved avocado toast. There are a couple different ways to make this, but the foundation is relatively simple: avocado, toast, salt, and pepper. Depending on your preference, you can either have your avocado mashed, chunky, or in slices on your toast. If you want to get fancy, some great additions to avocado toast are lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, egg, cheese, or pepper flakes.
Breakfast bagels can vary, and it all depends on your preference. So here are a few common, and often considered staple, ingredients you can add to your breakfast bagel:
- Cream cheese
If you have the basic baking ingredients in your kitchen (flour, eggs, butter, sugar, etc.) along with a bunch of overripe bananas, you can easily make some amazing banana bread. It's a delicious baked good that pairs really well with a nice cup of coffee in the morning or evening. To add texture, you can add nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans.
Kale smoothies don’t have to be as expensive as you think. The taste of kale might put you off, but this smoothie can also taste really great if you know what to put in it. Here’s a simple fruit and kale smoothie recipe you can make.
- ¾ cup of kale
- ½ cup frozen mangoes and pineapple
- ⅓ cup soy milk
- Splash or orange juice
All you have to do is throw all of these into the blender and enjoy! You can change up this recipe by adding different fruits such as berries, bananas, apples, and oranges. Other additions to enhance your smoothie game include avocado, yogurt, honey, peanut butter, or various milk alternatives.
Coffee and donuts, the perfect duo since bread and butter. It’s not the healthiest thing you can eat for breakfast, but if you crave them you crave them. If you’re craving donuts at home, but a) don’t want to spend a lot of money for a cafe donut, b) can’t go outside, or c) don’t want all the sugar, you can try this gluten free and keto coffee donut recipe.
Believe it or not, iced tea is very easy to make. Afterall, it really is just tea with ice. Oftentimes, cafes will add various syrups such as strawberry, mango, or peach along with their respective fruit “bits” for extra dynamic. Don’t have all the time in the world to wait for your tea to steep? Instant tea might be your best solution. If you want to keep it simple but still flavorful, check out our honey citrus instant tea recipe.
Coffee in general is very easy to make at home. But we get it, it’s just not the same as the kind you get at a cafe or a coffee shop. If you don’t have your own coffee brewer or don’t have time to make coffee, instant coffee is fast, easy, and still has the same quality taste. Depending on your go-to drink, here are a few recipes you can try at home: