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Coffee Ground Infused Cinnamon Buns

Eating coffee ground might sound weird, but it actually is edible and can be used to season dishes. Coffee ground can be a great addition to spice up sauces, give a kick to desserts or is also used to tenderise meat. You often see recipes with coffee use instant coffee, but next time, think about just using your left over coffee ground to give your dish a bit of a coffee kick. In this recipe, we gave cinnamon buns a coffee kick!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack, zero waste
Cuisine American
Servings 9 buns


  • oven
  • baking tin
  • mixing bowl
  • pan
  • damp kitchen cloth
  • rolling pin (or empty wine bottle without label, like I use)


Dry ingredients

  • 375 gr flour I used 2/3rd wholemeal and 1/3rd all purpose flour, but feel free to choose what you like
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence if you prefer
  • 1 tbsp coffee ground
  • 5 gram dry yeast

Wet ingredients

  • 3 tbsp neutral oil or melted butter
  • 250 ml plant milk 37-42 degrees celsius (will be explained below)


  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coffee ground
  • 4 tbsp neutral oil or butter
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped nuts optional


The dough

  • Grab a mixing bowl and mix all the dry ingredients
  • In a pan, warm the oil and milk to a temperature of between 37-43 degrees.
  • When at the right temperature, add the yeast and let it stand for 5 minutes to activate (when it bubbles)
  • Little by little add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until it forms a dough ball. If it is to wet, add a little flour, if to dry add a little more milk.
  • When you have shaped the dough into a beautiful ball, cover it with a damp kitchen cloth and let it stand for approximately 1 hour on a warm place (room temperature)

Filling and shaping the cinnamon coffee buns

  • Mix the ingredients for the filling well. If you use butter, melt the butter first.
  • Sprinkle some flour on a clean kitchen top (so the dough doesn't stick)
  • Place the dough ball on the kitchen counter and with your rolling pin roll it into a rectangular shape which is approximately 0.5 cm thick
  • Cover the dough with the filling evenly and oll up the dough tightly (roll from the length side)
  • Brush your baking tin with some oil or butter
  • Cut the long shape of dough you have in buns of approximately 7-10 cm each and place them close to each other in the baking tin
  • Cover the buns with a damp cloth and let it rest for another 30 minutes

Baking the coffee cinnamon buns

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Bake the cinnamon buns for 20-30 minutes until they look beautifully golden. Enjoy!

Optional topping

  • 1. If you like it sweet, you can sprinkle some more sugar on top of the buns a few minutes before they leave the oven to caramelise.
    2. Mix plant cream cheese with sugar and vanilla to taste and smear on top after they come out of the oven
    3. Mix 5 tbsp powered sugar with 1 tbsp of plant milk and 1 tsp of lime juice.
Keyword food waste recipe, sweets, Zero waste