OMG, You Can Make Caffeinated Pancakes!


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OMG, You Can Make Caffeinated Pancakes!

There is nothing like waking up to the smell of fresh coffee and pancakes waiting on the kitchen counter. Like a marriage from heaven, you can now combine them both using instant coffee and coffee flour.

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Instant coffee doesn’t have to be restricted to making beverages. It can be used in pastries, foods, or even to add some flavor in a salad dressing. Just throw a pinch in to your next dish for an extra taste of coffee. The latest trend that has been scraping the nation is pancake-infused with caffeine. Giving the pancakes the jumpstart that they didn’t know they needed. Make it with a delicious instant coffee!

Why would you want to try it?

Consuming caffeinated products can help you feel more energized at various times of the day. The most common time to have caffeine is in the morning to help us wake up (For the exact time you should drink you coffee in accordance to science check out this post). 

Pancakes are the most morning appropriate meal we can think of! By putting caffeine right into your pancakes, you get the benefits of the drug and the taste of your pancake. Best combination, isn't it?

how to make pancakes with coffee

In addition, eating your pancakes can get complicated with all the toppings you add, there’s just no room for an extra object like a coffee cup. You have your maple syrup and chocolate syrup, your blueberries and your chocolate chips, your butter and confectioners sugar, there’s just no room on the table for a cup of joe as well! 

How to Use Caffeine in Pancakes?

Caffeinated pancakes are made with a special type of flour that allows the pancakes to be infused with the caffeine. The flour is called... Well, coffee flour. The flour gives the pancakes that caffeine kick right there in the middle. The flour also gives the pancakes the coffee taste, combining your cup of joe with your pancake. 

It was invented by Professor Daniel Perlman of Boston-area Brandeis University and it is made from par-baked green coffee beans that can be used in baked goods. You can now buy different variations of the flour on Amazon and at Trader Joe's.

Just mix the coffee flour in with the other ingredients to get that coffee taste. Coffee flour should not be used as a substitution for regular flour, but rather as an addition to it. 

The Benefits of Caffeine

the best instant coffee recipe with pancakes

Why should you add caffeine? Aren't the syrup and fruit enough to keep you awake? Of course like any other substance, caffeinated pancakes come with some perks as well. 

The coffee flour and instant coffee that are added to the pancakes are filled with antioxidants. The most common antioxidant that is found in coffee flour is chlorogenic acid (CGA). Typically, CGA is lost when the coffee beans are roasted, but since coffee flour is made using grounded beans, you still get that dose of acid. CGA can help reducing the risk of liver damage, Type II Diabetes, and heart disease, and modulates metabolism of sugar.

Other benefits of caffeine can include weight loss, memory functions, performance enhancements, etc. For a full list of the benefits of caffeine visit Medical News Today. FYI, caffeine is not only found in coffee, but rather in other foods as well, like nuts and chocolate, so feel free to add those as well on top of your pancake!

Coffee Flour?

delicious pancakes with coffee flour

As mentioned before, it was invented by a biophysicist at Brandeis University named Daniel Perlman, coffee flour is a flour that is made out of grinded down coffee beans, that are grinded to be very fine. Perlman came across coffee flour when experimenting ways to limit the amount of CGA that is lost when typically roasting coffee beans. When coffee beans are roasted at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (the normal temperature for roasting coffee beans) the CGA level drops tremendously.

Perlman discovered that by roasting the coffee beans at only 300 degrees Fahrenheit and for half of the time, only 10% of CGA was dropped. He noticed that the beans would've been too weak to make a brew out of, so he came up with an alternative way to savor the beans without having to dispose of them; leading to the invention of coffee flour.

When the coffee beans are still in their natural form, the green raw beans, they are baked half-way before they are milled. Since the coffee beans are only partially roasted, they do not resist long enough to be made into coffee because they would be lacking in flavor. However, the partially baked beans are perfect to be made into wheat, giving the flour a nutty mild flavor with a hint of coffee. Coffee flour is the perfect addition to any baked dish like cakes, breads, pastries, and more.

Caffeinated Pancake Recipe

how to make caffeinated pancakes using instant coffee


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet of Waka instant coffee (3 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups milk


  1. Combine all dry ingredients
  2. Once combined, add in eggs, butter, and milk to the center to form a smooth mixture
  3. Heat frying pan with a little oil over a medium heat
  4. Pour ¼ cup of pancake mixture onto griddle
  5. When bubbles form flip pancake to top side
  6. Make sure both sides are brown
  7. Enjoy! 

Coffee flour is not solely restricted to making caffeinated pancakes. It can be used to make other foods as well. Make homemade pastries such as cakes, cookies, and doughnuts using coffee flour. Or try incorporating coffee flour into dishes that require flour such as pizza dough and bread.

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If you try avoiding flour as much as possible but still want to have the caffeinated effects that it offers, use instant coffee instead of the coffee flour. In general, ½ a tablespoon of coffee flour is equal to the amount of caffeine that is in a brewed cup of coffee. To make caffeinated products at home without using coffee flour add 1 - 2 teaspoons of instant coffee. Cooking with instant coffee is one of the easiest ways to fill your coffee cravings all day long!

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