3 ways to celebrate National Coffee Day

Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, and while you may start every morning off with the same cup of joe, you might want to consider trying a new twist in honor of the holiday. From seasonal lattes to tasty iced versions, there are a variety of ways to spice up the classic favorite - and you don't have to feel guilty doing so. According to the Mayo Clinic, including coffee in your daily diet could promote healthy aging and help protect against conditions like Parkinson's disease, liver cancer and type 2 diabetes. Try some of these coffee drink and food recipes to get your fix.

1. Pumpkin latte

Celebrate both National Coffee Day and the approaching fall season with this warm, cozy drink from Allrecipes.com. Pair with an apple and peanut butter for a healthy morning snack that gets you in the mood for the colder weather.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso

Directions

Over low heat, whisk 1/2 cup milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract in a small saucepan, and let simmer for five minutes. Add in the remaining milk and mix for a bit longer. Then, pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, and put it back on the stove, continuing to whisk for another two minutes or so. Pour in the brewed espresso and mix for about one minute until it's foamy.

2. Classic iced coffee

Sometimes, there's nothing better than a cup of your everyday coffee. If you want to try something different without straying too far from the norm, pour it over ice. Here's how to make the perfect cup of iced coffee, courtesy of Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • Half-and-half
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Directions

For starters, pour the water into a small container. Mix in the ground coffee, cover the mixture, and let sit at room temperature overnight. In the morning, pour the mixture into another container and strain out the coffee grinds with a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth. Discard the grounds, and place the liquid in the fridge until cold. When serving, be sure to use a lot of ice, and add in half-and-half and condensed milk - a healthier alternative to sugar - as desired.

3. Coffee squares

If you'd prefer to eat your coffee, try this tasty treat from Folgers Coffee. It only takes a short time to prepare, and is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup quick-rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons coffee crystals
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (6-ounce package) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Start by heating the oven to 350 degrees and coating a baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, nuts and baking soda. Pack the dough onto the pan, and place in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until surface is bubbly. Next, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and add in condensed milk, coffee and vanilla. Let it cook for about 15 minutes, constantly stirring the mixture until it thickens. Pour over the crust and bake for another 10 minutes or so. If you prefer snacks to be crunchier, leave them in for longer. Remove from the oven, sprinkle on chocolate chips as desired and allow it to cool for one minute. Spread on the chocolate coffee mixture and allow it to cool completely. Divide into bars and enjoy!