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Coffee, Vanilla and Chocolate

This is such a great dessert – so satisfying and definitely guilt free. The Cool Whip topping makes the ice cream sandwiches into something really special. If you don’t like coffee, try adding some vanilla or a flavored extract to the cool whip for some extra flavor.

Coffee, Vanilla and Chocolate
Coffee, Vanilla and Chocolate

6 servings
225 calories per serving

1 T instant coffee
2 t sugar
2 T hot water
8 oz. cool whip, thawed
6 low fat ice cream sandwiches
3 T shaved chocolate

Dissolve coffee and sugar in hot water and fold into the cool whip. Arrange ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of an 8 inch square baking pan and spread with cool whip mix. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate, cover and freeze 2 hours.

Mocha Pound Cake

Take an already rich pound cake and add a sour cream mocha frosting – then get your forks ready !

Mocha Pound Cake
Mocha Pound Cake

8 servings
279 calories per serving

10 oz. frozen low fat Sara Lee pound cake
1 t instant coffee powder
1 t hot water
8 oz. light sour cream
1 c semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Let cake thaw a bit and cut into 3 horizontal layers. Combine coffee and water and stir to dissolve the coffee, then add sour cream and whisk well. Gradually add melted chocolate and stir until all smooth. Place the bottom slice of cake on a platter and spread 1/4 c of chocolate mix over the cake. Cover with the next layer and repeat, and then do it once more ending with a layer of chocolate on the top. Spread this layer evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Refrigerate 30 minutes or more.

Cappuccino Granita

Think Chocolate Italian ice but with more of a coffee flavor – and that describes this pretty well 🙂 A great dessert for only 70 calories and a perfect ending to a summer night.

Cappuccino Granita
Cappuccino Granita

7 servings
80 calories per serving

½ c sugar
2 T cocoa
3 c strong hot coffee (decaf)
1 c skim milk

Place a 13×9 metal pan in the freezer to chill. Combine all ingredients and cool for ½ hour then pour it into the pan and place in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes. When ice crystals form on the edges, stir with a fork being sure to pull away all the frozen pieces around the edges and freeze another 2-3 hours stirring every ½ hour.

Grilled Chili Rubbed Sirloin

Flavorful with or without the sauce ! Grilled London Broil is one of my favorites, but sometimes it lacks flavor because it is a lean cut. This recipe puts all the flavor back in…and then some !

Grilled Chili Rubbed Sirloin
Grilled Chili Rubbed Sirloin

4 servings
160 calories per serving

1 lb. boneless sirloin steak
1 ½ T chili seasoning (or a mix of chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder)
¼ t pepper
½ c water
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 t instant coffee
1 ½ t Worcestershire sauce
¼ t salt

Sprinkle meat with chili seasoning (go heavier on the seasoning if you wish – it adds miniscule amounts of calories) and pepper and then spray with Pam. Use short little sprays so you don’t blow the dry ingredients off the meat. This makes a nice spicy ‘paste’ and keeps the meat from sticking to the grill. Heat grill and cook meat 6-10 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Alternately heat a skillet and cook steak 6-10 minutes or until desired doneness. Remove from grill or pan and tent with foil and let stand 5 minutes. Combine water, vinegar, coffee and Worcestershire and add to small pan and cook until reduced to ¼ c (about 5 minutes). Slice steak thinly and drizzle with sauce.

Coffee and Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream rolled in white chocolate shavings and covered in a coffee and Kahlua Syrup – how decadent is that ? 🙂

Coffee and Ice Cream
Coffee and Ice Cream

6 servings
98 calories per serving

3 c non fat vanilla ice cream, softened
2 oz. grated white chocolate
½ c black coffee, at room temperature
1/3 c coffee liqueur (Kahlua)

Scoop ice cream to form 6 balls and place on a sheet and place in freezer until the balls are firm. Then roll them in the chocolate. Mix Kahlua and coffee and divide among 6 bowls. Place a ball in each bowl.

Texas Peppersteak

Peppersteak is great no matter how you slice it 🙂 But this recipe really is a winner – the sauce made with coffee and balsamic turned an already savory dish into something just exquisite.

Texas Peppersteak
Texas Peppersteak

4 servings
226 calories per serving

½ t ground cumin
½ t ground coriander
½ t chili powder
¼ t salt
¾ t pepper
1 lb. boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed
1 clove garlic, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T oil
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 t brown sugar
½ c brewed strong coffee
¼ c balsamic vinegar

Combine first five ingredients. Rub steak with cut garlic and then rub the spice mix into the steak. Heat 2 t of oil into a skillet and cook the steak 6-8 minutes per side or to desired doneness. Get a nice sear on the outside for extra flavor ! Remove steak from pan and tent with foil to keep warm. Add 1 t oil to the skillet and stir in the pepper and onions and cook 4 minutes then add the minced garlic and brown sugar and heat a minute before stirring in the coffee and vinegar. Heat 3-4 minutes. Slice steak into thin pieces and plate with pepper mix on top. Pour any sauce from pan over platter.

Mocha Bundt

This is a very dense cake – almost more like a brownie consistency. But no matter the consistency – it’s CHOCOLATE ! Served with a nice spritz of whipped cream, it hit the spot.

Mocha Bundt
Mocha Bundt

16 servings
250 calories per serving

3 1/2 c cake flour
2/3 c cocoa powder
3 T dry milk powder
1 3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
7 T margarine, softened
3/4 c Splenda
1/3 c Splenda brown sugar blend
3 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 c low fat buttermilk
3/4 c strong brewed coffee
Whipped Cream for garnish

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with Pam. Sift flour, cocoa, milk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl beat margarine and both sugars until mixed and then beat in eggs and egg whites one at a time beating 1 minute after each egg. Combine buttermilk and coffee in a cup. Beat 1/3 if the flour mix into the margarine mix on low speed and then beat in half of the coffee mix and continue beating until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat and then pour batter into pan and smooth the top. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes and then on a wire rack until completely cool. Serve with whipped cream.

Coffee and Steak

Coffee used in meat marinades adds a great depth of flavor. This one combines some sugar, so the flavors really STICK to the meat well and that makes it all the more tasty !

Coffee and Steak
Coffee and Steak

4 servings
185 calories per serving

1 t finely ground espresso
1 t Splenda brown sugar
¼ t garlic powder
¼ t onion powder
¼ t salt
¼ t pepper
4 4 oz. filet mignons

Heat a grill pan on medium high heat (or heat up the grill in the backyard !). Coat pan with Pam. Combine all the spices and rub into steaks. Cook 4 minutes per side or until desired doneness.

Pork Tenderloin with Coffee Marinade

Adding coffee to meat marinades gives them a special depth of flavor. This one is especially tasty !

Pork Tenderloin with Coffee
Pork Tenderloin with Coffee

4 servings
163 calories per serving

1 1/2 c cool strong brewed coffee
5 T molasses
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t salt
1 jalapeno, minced
1/4 t black pepper
1 lb. pork tenderloin

Combine first 6 ingredients in a zip loc and add pork to marinate it in the refrigerator for 8 hours to over night. Heat grill and place pork on rack coated with Pam. Grill 15-20 minutes or until done. Let sit 5 minutes and then slice thinly. If it is not grilling season, heat oven to 350 degrees and cook pork 50 minutes or until desired doneness.

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