Kids' "Coffee"

"When I was little, I always wanted some coffee because my parents were always drinking it... but it tasted gross (I like it now though, haha). I think this would be great to serve your kids with dessert while the grown-ups enjoy their coffee. This is a great and very healthful drink for kids or grown-ups to enjoy. It sounds a little odd, but it actually tastes very good and can act as a good alternative to coffee for adults (who don't want the caffeine) or kids (who don't like coffee!) Molasses is a good source of Vitamin B6 and Selenium, and a very good source of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. I make mine with blackstrap, but you can use the lighter variety if you (or your kids) prefer. I got this idea/recipe from a peculiar cookbook from the 70s for sugar-free (and artifical sweetener-free) diets called "The Ecological Eclair.""
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Ready In:




  • Boil the water and pour into a mug.
  • Add the molasses and stir until dissolved.
  • Add milk or half-and-half.
  • You may use more or less milk as desired.
  • Enjoy hot!

Questions & Replies

  1. Can you add pineapple to the kids coffee


  1. Now I am a kid so I will give my opnion on this drink. I loved it!! However it isn't very sweet and you have to like molasses to enjoy it. I loved the smell preparing it, and the taste afterwards too! Besides, my favorite show is Gilmore Girls and they always drink coffee, so now I can have something to enjoy when I get one of those cravings!(Which means I will be drinking this alot!) Also, the milk gives it that "coffee colour" Thanks for this recipe Roosie!
  2. This is an interesting drink. It isn't quite coffee...isn't quite tea...not hot has a flavor all its own. I haven't been feeling well, but am tired of plain old tea. I love the molasses tang of gingersnaps and spice cakes, and thought that this would be worth a try. It was very good and comforting on my tender tummy. I think that preparing it with a spiced tea (instead of just boiling water) would be lovely, also.
  3. Great flavor and zing, if you like molasses! I was looking for a hot drink to substitute for my black tea and hot chocolate, and this does the trick (at least for a couple weeks). I'm an adult but I can't drink caffeine after 2pm. I prefer the exact quantities listed in the recipe, but if you like your hot chocolate with mostly milk, you'll want to add mostly milk to this drink too. Update: I started adding 1/2" fresh ginger to the boiling water (boil 10 min or so). This really adds to the flavor and makes it a caffeine-free, gingerbread latte. :)
  4. This was very good and quick to make. I only added a little boiling water to dissolve the molasses, and used heated milk for the rest. Delicious!
  5. My 6 year old ran around the house telling everyone how good this was. "I just can't stop thinking about it and I want to drink it all up!" Hoping his 4 year old brother will catch on and try it too. I put the molasses in a coffee cup and put the water in my single serve coffee maker so it really look like I'm making him coffee. Then he gets to add the "creamer" just like mommy. Thanks for a kid-friendly recipe!





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