Showing posts with label coffee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coffee. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

German Chocolate Coffee Blast {Weight Watchers Points}

I'm crazy wild for coffee drinks, cold or hot.  (& I do want it COLD or HOT...not lukewarm!=) 

When I saw this lovely and easy concotion at Hungry Girl ...showing off 'dessert-y' coffee recipes, I knew it would be enjoyed soon. How I would love to share this with my daughter...who is the Queen of Coffees! 

I had some leftover lite coconut milk in the fridge and decided to use it to add even more bombing flavor to this amazing beverage. 

Chocolate...coconut & caramel all wrapped up in one drink? 
Who could resist??? 

I had everything on hand...and it was simple.
Hope you enjoy it soon too as you relax and cool down.

From HG's website...
Entire recipe (about 14 oz.): 130 calories, 4.5g fat, 102mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3* 

Did you see that??? Only THREE Points Plus! 

(That's one serving - I poured it into 2 cups, but you get the whole thing for only 3 points!)


1-1/2 Tb. baking cocoa powder
2 tsp. fat free, lowfat or light caramel dip
(I used ice cream topping) 
1 tsp. instant coffee granules 
(I used 1 packet VIA instant coffee)
2 no-calorie sweetener packets
(like Stevia or Truvia)
1/2 c. light vanilla soy milk
(I used lite coconut milk - be aware how this may
change WW points)
1/4 tsp. coconut extract
(I would have preferred a tad more)
7 - 10 ice cubes or heaping cup of crushed ice
2 Tb. fat free Reddi-whip
1 tsp. chopped pecans
1 tsp. shredded coconut, optional
(not included in WW points)

In large microwave-safe mug, combine cocoa powder, caramel dip, instant coffee and sweetener. Add 1/4 c. very hot water; stir until mostly dissolved. Heat in microwave for 10 seconds; stir til smooth. Cool, if you have time. 

Otherwise - transfer the coffee mixture to the blender.  Add soymilk, coconut extract and ice.  Blend at high speed until smooth and frothy. 

Top with Reddi-whip - sprinkle with pecans and coconut. 

Yield: 1 (14 ozs) serving! 

You might also like this 
Homemade Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light

(4 WW Points)

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Leader Enterprise - June 18, 2014 - Helpful Tips/Smoothie recipes

Sure hope you're taking time to enjoy the sunshine. I love the cooler evenings for taking walks. We waited a long while for these lovely days, right?

Here's more tips to make life easier for you. Enjoy!!

Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily: place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass. The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.

Store bed sheets inside their pillowcases for easy storage and access.

Slot the stick of a popsicle through a cupcake paper to prevent drips on little fingers.

A ball of aluminum foil makes a great glassware scrubber!

Place a few drops of essential oil on the inside of the cardboard tube of a toilet paper roll to make your bathroom smell wonderful.

- If you don't have a double boiler when candy making, place a towel inside an electric skillet, warm to about 200 degrees, and place your melted chocolate in a glass bowl on the towel to keep it warm. 

- To test baking powder for freshness,add 1/2 tsp. to 1/4 c. hot water; if it fizzes, it's good. 

- To make your own baking powder, combine 1 tsp. baking soda with 2 tsp. cream of tartar to equal 1 Tb.baking powder. 

-Replace 1 TB. cornstarch with 2 TB. all-purpose flour as a thickener in recipes. 

- Spoon fruit or veggie salads into mini mason jars - fun for summer picnics and easy to tuck into a picnic basket. 

- Top bowls of hot soup with plain or cheesy popcorn for a crunchy surprise. 

Here are a few tasty drinks to help cool you down in these warmer temps.


1/3 c. double strength regular or decaf coffee, chilled
1/2 c. nonfat (or 1%)milk
1 Tb. instant (sugar free) vanilla pudding, dry
1 pkt. Truvia or liquid stevia to taste
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c.crushed ice 
coffee flavoring syrup, optional, to taste

Combine all ingredients in blender, blending on high until drink is smooth. Pour into a glass-top with light whipped cream if desired.
Yield: 1 large drink. Enjoy every awesome cooling sip! 


1 (6 ozs) can frozen orange juice concentrate,partially thawed
1 c. milk
(we are loving unsweetened almond milk!)
1 c. water
1/3 c. sugar
(or liquid stevia to taste: 2 drops=1 tsp.) 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 ice cubes 

Put all the ingredients into the blender. Process until blended and frothy. Pour-relax and enjoy every sip. Yield:3-4 yummylicious servings 

Here's a little 'trick' to help you with this one. Before squeezing lemons, prick with a knife and microwave for 30 seconds. You'll get more juice that way.


2 c. water
1 c. sugar (or sweetener)
1 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice (strained) 
(about 6-8 lemons)
2 generous c. of cubed watermelon(seeds removed)
2 c. cold water or sparkling water

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.Meanwhile, puree watermelon in blender and strain to remove any seeds. You should have about 1 c. watermelon juice. Add lemon juice, watermelon puree to the simple syrup (sugar water); add water; chill. Serve over ice.


1 c.strawberries, cleaned (fresh or frozen)
1 large peach, cut in to wedges (fresh or frozen)
1 c. milk or orange juice (more or less, depending on the consistency you want)
1/2 c. favorite(Greek) yogurt (I used peach)
1 TB. honey or 1 sm.packet sugar or sweetener
Strawberries or peaches for garnish, optional

Place all of the ingredients in a blender; process on high until smooth. Garnish with additional strawberries or peaches if desired. Serve and enjoy! Yield:2 servings

It's not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.-Charles Haddon-Spurgeon

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte

That Nancy at Skinny Kitchen has nailed it again!!  I LOVE her yummy recipes!

She is a woman after my heart...always creating these 'skinny' beverages to satisfy my caffeine intake, minus the guilt and calories.  

According to her website, she shares this information...
"One (12oz) skinny latte has just 48 calories, 0 grams fat and 1 Weight Watchers POINTS"

WOOOOHOOO!!! You won't get that at Starbucks!

I really enjoyed this tasty drink!!


3/4 c. strong brewed coffee
(click here to see how I make 'homemade, cold brew, coffee concentrate')
2 pkgs. Stevia, Truvia or your favorite sugar substitute
1 Tb. water
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
(I used several drops of cinnamon syrup instead)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 c. fat free skim milk

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, blend sweetener, water, cinnamon and vanilla with a whisk until blended. Add milk; heat until steaming, stirring occassionally...about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into blender and process for about 20 seconds or until foamy. 

Or whisk fervently until foamy.  

Add 3/4 c. hot coffee to mug. Add foamy milk. Stir and enjoy immediately. 

Yield: 1 - 12 ozs. beverage

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Iced Vanilla Coffee

Oopsie - I just found this one in my drafts.  I should have shared it while the weather was very hot.  It's a great thirst quencher and I will continue to drink it even when the temps are dropping. 

I am always wild about Nancy's recipes at Skinny Kitchen.
She says this is a 'remake' of Coffee Beans Vanilla Ice Blended Drink.
(I'm not familiar with that brand, but know they must be an awesome company).

Please visit Nancy's site (at link above) if you'd like WW Points.  I tweaked this recipe a tad. 
I'm SUCH a fan of coffee drinks - hot or cold, but have been enjoying plenty of iced coffee this summer.  Have to confess I'm getting addicted to this one too!


1/3 c. double strength regular or decaf coffee, chilled
1/2 c. nonfat (or 1%) milk
1 Tb. instant (sugar free) vanilla pudding, dry
(or 2 - 3 Tb. simple vanilla creamer)
1 pkt. Truvia or liquid stevia to taste
(if using the creamer, it will already be sweet) 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. crushed ice 

Combine all ingredients in blender, blending on high until drink is smooth. 
Pour into a glass - top with light whipped cream if desired.
Yield: 1 large drink

Enjoy every awesome cooling sip! 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Simple Vanilla Coffee Creamer (3 ingredients)

I love this stuff!

The recipe comes from my dear friend, Mesu Andrews...who is a famous author! She had her 3rd Biblical fiction story released this past March...and this recipe of hers is in my new cookbook....arriving next week! 

(If you don't have time for the chatter, just scroll down for the recipe=) 

Mesu grew up in Indiana - that's where she lived when we met several years ago, but now she lives in WA state.  I was elated when she was able to stop by this summer for a visit, on her way to visit a daughter in this corner of the world. I also got to be with her dear hubby, her mother, whom I adore! and meet her youngest daughter for the first time...along with her grandson Garrison.  Here's a photo of me with Mesu (on the right) and the baby.

All of her books are VERY interesting reads...I have several friends who are just hooked on them and can't wait for the next book to come out!
I highly recommend all of these. Each chapter begins with a passage of scripture, and Mesu builds the details of how things might have happened on the scripture. 


LOVES'S SACRED SONG - Story of King Solomon 

LOVE IN A BROKEN VESSEL: Story of Hosea & Gomer through Mesu's creative mind

She has plans for 3 more books in the amazing and talented woman! 


Mesu a big coffee drinker and has me hooked on this too. 

I use it in my iced coffee and hot coffee as well.  

And...I make it using my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk...I use xylitol for half the sugar amount (the recipe makes 3 cans-worth) so I can still make yummy desserts for us with less sugar. (The recipe is VERY simple and uncomplicated.)

But of course, feel free to use store purchased s.c.m. if desired. 

This creamer is pretty sweet, so I've been adding more milk than the original recipe calls for. 
If you love vanilla creamer in your coffee (or cocoa?) you're gonna thank me for sharing this. 


1 (14 ozs) can sweetened condensed milk (low/fat free is fine)
2 c. milk (I use 1%)
1 Tb. vanilla extract

Mix in a quart jar....keep refrigerated.  Shake the jar before pouring. 


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Homemade Iced Coffee (from Homemade Concentrate)

I LOVE coffee...and LOVE iced coffees too!  So...

I was so happy to see this cool (pun intended!) recipe from Tina at Mommy's Kitchen.

I have NO clue how I could have missed it as she originally posted it in July 2009
and I consider myself to be a 'frequent flyer' at her lovely blog. (Must have been a post before I began following her?)

The 'Golden Arches' will sometimes sell their iced coffees for $1.00 and you can be sure I will get a few at that price.  I normally ask for nonfat milk and sweetener.

NOW I can make my own...and the process is very intriguing. 
And the price is right for sure!!

After I'd made the first batch, I remembered I had several packets of flavored coffees in the cupboard, that hubby doesn't care for. When my daughter comes for a visit, she and I enjoy sharing flavored coffees and creamers, so now I can use up these yummy coffees and enjoy them all to myself!!!

(& I already had this post scheduled before I knew she would be coming today for a visit with her family!  We are going to be enjoying some Kona iced coffees while she's here!) 

My sweet hubby is the coffee maker in our family (the old joke is...we do coffee the
spiritual way...HE BREWS!=)  He is even special enough to fix my cup every morning too!!  What a gem he is.  Coffee always tastes better when shared with him....and the first few sips of the morning coffee really make my day. 

But after I've had one cup of hot coffee, I look forward to some cooling drinks during the day, and this one has become a fast favorite!

And this cold 'brewing' process doesn't bring out the bitterness that sometimes that hot brewing does.  This is easier on the stomach. 

After 'brewing' the grounds in a jar on the counter for several hours, the concentrate keeps up to a month in the refrigerator.  Isn't that just interesting???

Oh I am going through this stuff fast!!! 

(with Homemade Concentrate) 

1 c. ground coffee (flavored, or not)
1 qt. sized mason jar
2 large coffee filters
gourmet flavored syrup, optional
(I love Torani caramel) 
sweetener (I prefer liquid stevia)
milk of choice 
(I used half 1% and the other half...fat free 1/2 & 1/2 for creaminess) 
ice cubes

Put the coffee grounds into the jar; fill with cold water. Cover and let stand on the counter for 12 - 15 hours.  Place the coffee filter inside the strainer; be sure to shake the jar first, then pour about half the mixture into the filter...slowly. Let it stand until strained. Remove that filter and add second; repeat the process with second half of mixture. 

To make iced coffee: Place equal parts concentrate and milk in glass.  Add as much ice as you'd like. Add flavoring and/or sweetener, to taste. 

To make hot coffee; use the same proportions, but instead of adding ice, add equal parts of water, then heat. 

This amazing concentrate keeps up to a month in the refrigerator!!

You're Welcome!  *-* 

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Homemade Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light & Weekend Potluck #73

We gals here at "WP" extend best wishes to you for an enjoyable and safe July 4th week!

When I share something worth sharing...again...

I enjoyed this lovely cooling coffee drink just this week and had to share it with you...simple to make and so refreshing! 

Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Snickers CakeSnickers Cake by The Country Cook

A Few More Sweet Treats, perfect for your upcoming 4th of July Celebrations.....~

Pink Cream Soda CupcakesPink Cream Soda Cupcakes by Hun, What’s For Dinner?
Almost No Bake Lemon Cream PieAlmost No Bake Lemon Cream Pie by Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish

And, a personal favorite ~

Triple Berry Punch Bowl Cake (Red White & Blue!) by The Kitchen is my Playground

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