Spent Coffee Grounds Ice Cream


Grounds from your morning cup of joe can be repurposed both in and out of the kitchen. Here, we use spent coffee grounds to make a creamy, smooth ice cream.

Spent Coffee Grounds Ice Cream
Photo: Photography / Jenny Huang, Food Styling / Tyna Hoang, Prop Styling / Nicole Louie
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
3 cups


  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup spent coffee grounds

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • cup lightly packed brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Heat milk and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot to the touch, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coffee grounds. Cover and set aside for 20 minutes. Gradually pour through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a bowl (discard the grounds).

  2. Wash and dry the sieve and place over a large bowl; set beside the stove. Whisk egg yolks, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the infused milk mixture. Return to the saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the mixture has thickened slightly and an instant-read thermometer registers 180°F. (Do not allow it to simmer or the eggs will curdle.) Immediately strain the mixture through the sieve into the bowl. Refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 3 hours.

  3. Churn the cold custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. When the ice cream reaches the consistency of frozen soft-serve (it will clump up around the paddle), transfer to a container and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

To make ahead

Freeze for up to 1 week. Let soften in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.


1-qt. ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
14g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Serving Size 1/3 cup
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 19g
Added Sugars 16g 32%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Vitamin A 589IU 12%
Vitamin D 61IU 15%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Magnesium 13mg 3%
Potassium 161mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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